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 Josephine Caust

Dr Josephine Caust has worked in the arts sector as an academic, arts practitioner and arts manager and is Director of JoCaustArts. Her recent publications include Arts Leadership in an Asian Context (Routledge Asia Studies 2015) and Arts Leadership: International Case Studies (Tilde University Press in 2013). Her next book, titled Arts Leadership in Contemporary Contexts, will be published by Routledge in 2017. She was Founder Editor of the Asia Pacific Journal of Arts and Cultural Management and is presently an arts columnist for The Conversation. She is the author of many articles, book chapters, research reports and conference papers.

Dr Liz Clarke

Photo of Liz ClarkeLiz Clarke is a transdisciplinary researcher and practitioner with interests spanning complex integrated systems, sustainability science, research-policy engagement, and knowledge co-production and governance, as well as a background in natural resource and rural systems research and development. She recently completed her PhD on transdisciplinary research methodology, and lectures part-time at the Fenner School for Environment and Society at the Australian National University in society and environmental change, sustainable rural systems, and research practice.

She has more than 25 years experience' in international development assistance and rural research for development (including senior management and leadership roles), in the public sector (internationally and nationally – including aid and donor organisations), industry organisations and business, and six years as the director of a research management support, communications and strategy consultancy....Read more.

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 Girish Lala

Dr Girish Lala is a social psychologist whose research interests include exploring identity, interaction, and behaviour in online and face-to-face realms, and technological mediation of social cohesion and social change. He is particularly interested in engaging in applied research leading to measurable social benefit, where goals include both advancing academic understanding and developing practical solutions to real-world issues. To that end, he has worked with diverse research partners and participants, including young people, minority communities, marginalised and vulnerable groups, gang members, genocide survivors, local and international government agencies and NGOs, industry bodies, and policy makers. His most recent work includes investigating the intersections between creativity, community, and political engagement, and understanding how new technologies influence and can be applied to facilitating individual and social health and wellbeing.

Dr P.G. Macioti

Photo of Dr P.G. MaciotiP.G. Macioti (PhD) is a researcher in the field of citizenship, migration, language and sex work. P.G. regularly intervenes in critical academic and activist seminars and debates about sex work and migration and conducts research on stigma as a key mechanism for the reproduction of dominant power relations. PG is currently working on a participatory research project on sex workers' access to mental health services in Europe, with Giulia Garofalo Geymonat and Nick Mai. In June 2017, PG joined the international team of Nick Mai's ERC Project SEHXHUM, researching sexual humanitarianism, migration and trafficking in the global sex industry, as postdoctoral researcher in charge of fieldwork in Australia.

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.

David Sweeting

Photo of David SweetingDavid Sweeting (opens in a new window)is an is an urban development expert in areas of urban innovation, social entrepreneurship and participatory urban governance. He is Founder and Director of The Urban Platform Studio (opens in a new window), an urban innovation and research consultancy which supports assessment, design and evaluation of social services, social infrastructure and service delivery platforms in cities across Asia-Pacific. David is a former Urban Technical Advisor and Innovation Lead for Save the Children Australia, and previously worked with 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. In 2015, he co-founded a technology start-up called Kolorob - a service finder and youth employment application for marginalised urban communities - with Save the Children Bangladesh and Save the Children Australia, and research support from ICS at Western Sydney University. Kolorob has won several awards including a national mobile application award in Bangladesh; the MIT Solve Youth, Skills and Workforce of the Future Challenge; and the DFAT Indo-Pacific Development Prize.

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