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

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Liz 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.

Dr Sunil Dubey

Sunil Dubey is a thought leader in connecting global cities through people to people and institutional networks.

He specialises in areas of governance and public assets, urban innovation, and institutional capacity building at government levels. He is one of the founding members and trustees of Geneva foundation for governance and public policy, which operates Centre de Recherche pour la Sécurité et le Dévelopement and Geneva graduate school of governance. Sunil was Metropolis Ambassador and senior advisor to the Metropolis World Association between 2008 to 2018. He has advised and conducted executive training programmes for the local governments of Guangzhou, Seoul, Mashhad, Johannesburg, Dubai, Delhi, Buenos Aires and Barcelona on innovation, city leadership, sustainability and smart cities. Sunil was executive board member of Citiscope publications, now part of Thompson Reuters foundation and member of World Economic Forum’s advisory board for Urban Development and Infrastructure. He had earlier chaired the property chapter of Australia India Business Council and was a technical director and executive board member for not-for-profit registered community housing provider Common Equity NSW (Australia). He earned his PhD doctorate at the University of Sydney in government ownership of public assets where is teaches in property and asset management. He is an adjunct professor at Asian School of Architecture and Design innovation in Cochin, India.

Dr Terry Kass

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Terry 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.

Giulia Maci

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Giulia is a urban planning and policies expert. Currently she is the Coordinator of the European Think Tanks Group (ETTG) that gathers five influential European development institutes (ODI, ECDPM, IAI, DIE and IDDRI) advancing research on European development policies. Giulia has worked as international consultant at COWI Denmark and as programme manager and researcher at IHS in Rotterdam and the International Federation for Housing and Planning (IFHP) in Copenhagen, developing and managing international urban projects. Giulia is specialised in smart mobility, urban renovation programs and community-based action planning with work experience in more than 20 countries across Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. Giulia is also the president and co-founder of Urbego, an international NGO composed by a team of architects, economists and social innovators. Urbego aims to develop and test processes of integration, social inclusion and sustainable development through participatory planning, youth engagement and cultural mapping.

Dr P.G. Macioti

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P.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 Abby Mellick Lopes

Dr Abby Mellick Lopes

Abby Mellick Lopes is a design theorist with over 20 years' practical and academic experience in the field of design for sustainability, originating with her membership of the pioneering research and education consultancy the EcoDesign Foundation from 1996-2004. Her engaged research focuses on the relationship between design and social arrangements to support the transition to more sustainable cultures and economies, intersecting with a broad range of disciplinary fields including cultural studies, sociology, geography and planning. Abby has published extensively on sustainable design, transdisciplinarity and transdisciplinary education. She also contributes to scholarly discourse on design, ontological design and image ecologies, and her work has been presented in the UK, US, Canada, Cyprus, Spain, Malaysia and China. Abby is also an Associate of the Studio at the Edge of the World.

Abby currently holds the position of Associate Professor Design Studies at UTS. In addition to her role as Associate at the Institute for Culture and Society she holds an Adjunct role in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts at Western Sydney University. Contact Abby at

Dr Keith D. Parry

Keith D. Parry is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Winchester (UK). His research interests are based on the sociology of sport, with a focus on sports fandom and the spectator experience. His research has made use of innovative methodologies, such as Autoethnography, to provide a greater understanding of sports fans. He has collaborated with international colleagues to publish studies on international sports fandom and has co-edited a book examining the relationship between football codes and community. Keith’s PhD examined the formation of sports heroes within the setting of a new professional sports team (the GWS GIANTS), it investigated when and how heroes are formed, and who (or what) dictates their emergence. His research has examined issues around identity, masculinity, and the conflicts between country and culture in Australia. This research has provided him with a deep insight into both the sociology of sport (and sports fans) and the Greater Western Sydney region. He frequently contributes to The Conversation and his research is regularly highlighted within the mainstream media. Contact Keith at

Dr Vincent Ogu

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Vincent 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

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Louise 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

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David 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.

Dr Erin B. Taylor

Erin_TaylorErin B. Taylor (opens in a new window) is an economic anthropologist who researches financial issues, including product use, money culture and financial inclusion. Her PhD (University of Sydney, 2009) examined material culture and social transformation in the Dominican Republic, resulting in the book Materializing Poverty: How the Poor Transform Their Lives (2013, AltaMira). After taking up a postdoctoral position at the University of Lisbon in 2011, Erin became fascinated with interdisciplinary approaches to financial behaviour and co-produced the Consumer Finance Research Methods Toolkit (2016, IMTFI).During this period she also conducted a three-year research project on mobile money in Haiti (with Heather Horst). In 2017 she defected from academia to co-found a business, Canela Consulting, which aims to translate academic insights for broader use. Most recently, Erin has been looking into the emergence of financial tools designed specifically for women or primarily used by them. She is also co-organizer of the research group of the European Women Payments Network (EWPN). Contact Erin at

Tamara Winikoff OAM

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Tamara Winikoff is well known in Australia as a cultural advocate and commentator, policy adviser and senior arts manager. Currently working as an arts consultant, Tamara was previously CEO of the national peak body for the Australian visual arts sector, the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA). Her work has resulted in significant changes to national arts policy, funding and legislation and the setting of best practice standards for the industry. As well as holding several lectureships, Tamara’s academic work includes being a chief investigator in three major research projects funded by the Australian Research Council and the Australia Council. For her achievements, Tamara has been honoured with an Order of Australia and the Australia Council's Visual Arts/Craft Emeritus Medal.