Research Support Staff

ICS has a growing cohort of research support staff (comprising research associates, research assistants and research officers). Research support staff bring a wide range of interdisciplinary skills and interests to their roles, contributing significantly to the innovative and collaborative research that is characteristic of ICS.


Cecelia Cmielewski

Profile photo of Cecelia CmielewskiCecelia Cmielewski is undertaking her doctorate at the Institute of Culture and Society. Her research interests address inclusion in the creative sectors with a focus on the relationship between creative production and multicultural policies. Her thesis researches the relationship between the experiences and practices of artists of non-English speaking backgrounds (NESB) and key arts policies through a consideration of the roles of creative and organisational leadership. Cecelia is a Research Assistant on the ARC Discovery Project Data Centres and the Governance of Labour and Territory. She was project manager and contributing researcher on the ARC funded project Recalibrating Culture, and was a principal investigator on the ARC funded Large Screens and Transnational Public Sphere. She held senior roles at the Australia Council, the Federal Government's arts funding and advisory agency between 1998 and 2011. She is also a curator, most recently curating meta_narratives for ISEA2015 in the UAE. She holds an MBA (University of Adelaide), Bachelor of Design (University of South Australia) and a Bachelor of Arts (Flinders University).

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Dr Michelle Kelly

Michelle Kelly with trees and the Female Orphan School in the background. Dr Michelle Kelly is the Senior Research Officer and Project Manager for the Australian Research Council Discovery Project 'Australian Cultural Fields: National and Transnational Dynamics' (DP140101970). She has worked with ICS (previously the Centre for Cultural Research) in a variety of roles since 2007, including as the Institute's Research Officer and as a research assistant for the completed ARC Linkage project 'The Art of Engagement: Exploring C3 West, A Contemporary Arts Project around Western Sydney' (LP0668261). In 2012 Michelle was awarded a PhD for her thesis Library Encounters: Textuality and the Institution from the Department of English at the University of Sydney.

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Jakki Mann

Jakki Mann is the Manager of the Circles of Sustainability Strategic Initiative, an approach that guides engaged and collaborative practice in making our cities, locales and organisations more sustainable, resilient, adaptable and liveable. Through the Institute's relationship with the City of Berlin, she works with cities to promote case studies of urban sustainability initiatives around the world. Jakki also works as a consultant in communications and arts. She has previously been employed in roles with Darebin Council, Palace Cinemas, the Melbourne International Film Festival, Film Victoria and Internet Icons managing complex arts and community projects, major arts facilities and in the local government sector.


Dr Phillip Mar

Phillip Mar with trees and the Female Orphan School in the background.Dr Phillip Mar is a Research Associate with the Institute for Culture and Society. He has a background in social anthropology and the sociology of culture. His research interests include transnational migration and culture, emotions and migration, and cultural policy. He contributed to Western Sydney University's Linkage project 'The Art of Engagement: Exploring C3 West, A Contemporary Arts Project Around Western Sydney' (2009-2011). At present Phillip is working with Professor Ien Ang of the Institute for Culture and Society on the 'Diversity of Cultural Expressions' project, a research partnership with the Australia Council for the Arts which is developing best practice case studies to guide the implementation of the UNESCO Convention for the Promotion and Protection of Diversity of Cultural Expressions. Information on this partnership is available on the UNESCO website (opens in a new window).

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Dr Joanne McNeill

Dr Joanne McNeill is a Senior Research Officer at ICS, managing Community Economies research projects and is also a member of the Community Economies Collective. These currently include: the ARC Discovery Project Re-configuring the Enterprise: Shifting Manufacturing Culture in Australia (REMaC) - her primary project; the ARC Discovery Project Strengthening Economic Resilience in Monsoon Asia; and Urban Food Economies: Rethinking Value for ‘More-Than-Capitalist’ Futures.

Joanne was recently awarded her Doctorate in Political and Social Thought, having been supervised by Professor Katherine Gibson at ICS. Her thesis is titled Enabling Social Innovation Assemblages: Strengthening Public Sector Involvement (opens in a new window). She has presented papers on her doctoral research at several international research conferences in Europe.

Joanne also undertakes freelance research and writing, having almost 20 years’ experience with the social enterprise, social entrepreneurship and social innovation fields. A key focus has been developing the 'eco-system' and capacity building - including around social procurement, social investment, grant funding, legal structures and forms, demonstrating social impact, and managing partnerships. Joanne is a Churchill Fellow, awarded in 2008.

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