Institute Associates

Institute Associates are people who are deemed to have a sufficient connection to the Institute where both parties would benefit from the identification and declaration of the association. Naming Institute Associates is a way of consolidating our relationship with individuals with whom we are working on strategic and other projects.

This group of associates ranges from local community-based practitioners and researchers to scholars and practitioners across the many places of our strategic engagement.

Dr Terry Kass

Photo of Terry KassTerry Kass (Master of Arts (Hons), PhD) is a consulting historian with specific expertise in land records and research. He is a founding member of the Professional Historians' Association, NSW. His publications include Parramatta: A Past Revealed, with Carol Liston and John McClymont; Sails to Satellites: The Surveyors General of NSW (1786-2007), NSW Dept of Lands, Bathurst, 2008; Jewels in the Crown: A History of the Bridge Street Plan Room and Crown Plans, NSW Dept of Lands, Bathurst, 2008; Grafton – Jacaranda City on the Clarence: A History, Clarence Valley Council, Grafton, 2009.

Dr Vincent Ogu

Photo of Vincent OguVincent Ogu has research interests in urban services and housing; urban sustainability and liveability; cultural diversity, migrants and globalisation. He held a prestigious research fellowship at the University of New South Wales and taught urban social policy at Western Sydney University. He has experience in public and council sectors and held senior roles in research and planning. Chair of Liverpool MRC, Vincent was cited at the Australian Federal Parliament for contributions to migrants' settlement and NSW Government appointed him to the Ministerial Roundtable on Workplace Diversity. Author of published works, cited by international reputable agencies, Vincent holds a doctorate from Cambridge University.

Dr Louise Ryan

Photo of Louise RyanLouise Ryan has worked extensively as an educator and researcher in the area of cultural studies, particularly art and cultural development in the museum context. Her recently completed PhD investigated the museum as a contested space, especially the promotion of cross-cultural understanding, identity formation, inclusiveness and belonging. Current projects explore society's relationship with its cultural and natural environments and the perceived value and conflict that these cultural/artistic endeavours generate; cultural exchanges and their role in promoting national identity and a common cultural space; and the role that heritage sites and museums contribute to our understanding and knowledge of migration, colonisation and displacement.

Dr Kearrin Sims

Profile photo of Kearrin SimsKearrin is a critical development scholar trained in sociology and international relations. His current research emanates from a critical interpretative analysis of the field of development with a particular focus on (1) the intensification of intraregional socio-cultural and economic flows within Asia, (2) geopolitics of development and the rise of 'new' BRICS donors, (3) the enactment of community-scale transformations through macro-scale development interventions, (4) human rights and political reform within Southeast Asia, and (5) conceptualising alternative pathways for community wellbeing. Kearrin's research is grounded in an interdisciplinary and collaborative research framework that uses Asia as a point of empirical focus for critically interrogating the western-centric theoretical approaches that currently prevail in the field of development.

David Sweeting

Photo of David SweetingDavid Sweeting (opens in a new window)(Urbanisation Advisor, Save the Children Australia) is an urban development expert in areas of urban innovation, social entrepreneurship and participatory governance. David works on social, neighbourhood and urban planning projects in low-income urban communities across Asia Pacific. David is Save the Children's technical lead on urbanisation and urban programming and previously worked with organisations including World Vision International's Centre for Urban Programming, World Vision Australia, World Vision Pacific Development Group, RMIT Global Cities Program, Development Planning Unit, and Baan Mankong Housing Program. He is the 2016 Dunlop Fellowship recipient with Asialink Leaders Program.

Jinna Tay

Profile photo of Jinna TayDr Jinna Tay is the co-editor of Television Studies after TV: Understanding television in the Post-Broadcast Era (2009) and Television Histories in Asia: Issues and Contexts (2015). Until recently she was a Lecturer in the Communication and Media Studies Program at Monash University (for six years). Prior to that she was a Postdoctoral fellow at the Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies, University Queensland under an ARC Federation Fellowship project with Emeritus Professor Graeme Turner. Her PhD was with Professor John Hartley at Creative Industries, QUT. Most recently, Jinna migrated back to Singapore and she is now working on ICS' ARC Discovery Project Data Centres and the Governance of Labour and Territory. She has written on (opens in a new window)television studies, public broadcasting systems, cultural and national identities, Asian cities (including Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Shanghai), digital media studies, citizenships, fashion journalism and Asian idols.

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