End of the Year Message


Dear all, Thank you for a fantastic year! Throughout 2022, we have had the pleasure of seeing and interacting with many new and familiar communities. On behalf of everyone at ICS, we would like to thank everyone who has; participated and collaborated on research, read and shared our work, celebrated our 10th anniversary and created wonderful memories with us. We would not be here without the help and support of all the communities we work with. Please note the Institute, along with the University, will be shut down 20th December-3rd January. We wish you all safe and happy holidays and New Year. We look forward to an exciting 2023!


Public concerns about high food prices highlight how meeting basic human needs can’t be taken for granted, even in a country like Australia. Food prices are but one part of the equation that determines access to food – and healthy eating more generally. Just as poverty for some can be hidden within a relatively wealthy community, lack of access to fresh
Before the men’s FIFA World Cup commenced, the Socceroos’ most noteworthy contribution seemed likely to be their pre-emptive video campaign on human rights in host country Qatar. The political debate receded somewhat once the action on the field kicked off. After losing their
People who rely on welfare payments to survive are often required to repeatedly tell stories of their personal hardships. In a conditional welfare system, many must regularly attend compulsory appointments, job search training courses, and self-development and treatment programs simply to receive their payments. People in extreme hardship often tell their stories
Young people experience mental health difficulties at a higher rate than any other age group. While there’s an ongoing discussion about the formal supports they need, young people say they’re most likely to speak with peers and friends – particularly when mental health care is difficult to access.


The Institute for Culture and Society (ICS) was launched in 2012 as one of five university-wide research Institutes at Western Sydney University, which grew out of the Centre for Cultural Research.
Audience at the Mapping the Humanities event.
The ICS Seminar Series presents an exciting breadth of social and cultural research from the Institute’s renowned staff and doctoral candidates as well as a range of national and international visiting scholars.
The work of the ICS researchers is featured in the latest issue of the University’s FutureMakers magazine. Read about their research successes, impact and partnerships.
Issues is a journal of short essays, housed at the Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University. We encourage each author to write in English and one other language.