About CWS

Our region is Australia's laboratory for the development of better economic, social, cultural and environmental solutions for the decades ahead.

Our focus is the delivery of better research for policy development in Western Sydney.

The Centre helps our community access the Western Sydney University's quality research, and gives another way for our researchers to enhance the impact of their internationally-renowned work.

Here you can seek out policy-relevant research, access novel data and visualisations, read expert white papers on major issues, and debate key issues facing Western Sydney.

Our Launch

The Director of the Centre for Western Sydney, Professor Phil O'Neill, explained the need for and purpose of the Centre for Western Sydney at our 2014 launch event.

Our Director

Professor Phillip O'Neill is the Director of the Centre for Western Sydney. Professor O'Neill has spent his career undertaking  research that has shaped government policy and guided urban change.

You can view Professor O'Neill's comprehensive record of research by viewing his Staff Profile.

Our Board

The Centre is guided by an External Advisory Board comprised of prominent figures from local and state government, business and the university sector. The External Advisory Board gathers together those with expertise in Western Sydney policy and research in order to ensure the work of the Centre is coordinated, collaborative and impactful.


Lyall Gorman (Chair)

Group CEO Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks

Former Executive Chairman Western Sydney Wanderers 

Board Member NSW Cricket

David Borger

Western Sydney Director of the Sydney Business Chamber

Dr Robert Lang

Director Evolve Housing

Adjunct Professor School of Business UWS

Charles Casuscelli

CEO Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils

Professor Scott Holmes

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Development

Professor Robyn Dowling

Professor of Human Geography Macqurie University

Julie Scott

Manager Economic Development Liverpool City Council

The Hon Nick Greiner AC

Former Premier and Treasurer NSW

Chairman Bradken, Nuance Group, QBE Australia


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