Heather _Horst 

Professor Heather A. Horst - Institute Director

Professor Heather A. Horst is the Director of the Institute for Culture and Society (ICS) at Western Sydney University. A sociocultural anthropologist by training, she researches material culture and the mediation of social relations through digital media and technology.


Professor Ned Rossiter - Director of Research

Ned Rossiter is Professor of Communication in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts, ICS Institute Fellow and the Director of Research at the Institute. Ned is a media theorist noted for his research on network cultures, the politics of cultural labour, logistical media and data politics.

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Associate Professor Malini Sur - Director of Teaching and HDR

Malini Sur is Director - Higher Degree Research (Graduate Studies) and Teaching at the Institute for Culture and Society. She is an Associate Professor in Anthropology at the School of Social Sciences, Western Sydney University. A/P Sur’s interests in the environment, and especially in climatic events, air pollution and dust, and transnational migration includes new research in Australia.


Terence (Terry) Fairclough - Institute Manager

Terence Fairclough is the Institute Manager at ICS, managing Institute's financial, physical and human resources. Terence has an MA (Geography); a Certificate IV in HR; and a background in public service, NGO and University administration.  His past roles have included Senior Private Secretary to a New Zealand Government Minister; New Zealand Consulate for NSW and QLD; Operations Manager at the Australian Society for HIV Medicine; and Centre Manager for the National Centre for HIV Social Research at UNSW.