School-based Researchers

The Institute for Culture and Society, incorporating the Young and Resilient Research Centre, has a cohort of researchers on staff and a team of Western Sydney University School-based members. Institute members work in a broad range of fields including cultural studies, sociology, media and communication studies, human geography, anthropology, history, museum studies, heritage studies, and urban studies.

Professor James Arvanitakis researches in the transdisciplinary areas of globalisation, citizenship, young people, security and the cultural commons - incorporating issues around hope, trust, safety and intellect. James is internationally recognised for his innovative teaching style.
Dr James Arvanitakis with trees and the Female Orphan School in the background.
Brett M. Bennett is an Associate Professor in Modern History in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts. He investigates how the interaction of human actions and natural processes created contemporary ecosystems, scientific ideas, and conservation policies.
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Dr Kylie Budge is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute and is a School of Humanities and Communication Arts based member. She researches the intersections between people and technology and society, and the resulting new knowledge on communication and cultural practices.
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Professor Bushell, School of Social Sciences, teaches, researches and supervises PhD students in tourism planning, community development, quality of life and the conservation of cultural and natural heritage. Her work focuses on the values underpinning quality of life, wellness and sustainable development.
Associate Professor Robyn Bushell with trees and the Female Orphan School in the background.
Dr Hart Cohen is Professor in Media Arts in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts and a member of the Institute for Cultural and Society and the Digital Humanities Research Group at the University of Western Sydney, Australia. Hart's research focus is Visual Communications, Indigenous Media and Digital Cultural Heritage.
Associate Professor Hart Cohen with trees and the Female Orphan School in the background.
Associate Professor David R. Cole, Centre for Educational Research, focuses on the inter-linked areas of globalisation, critical thinking, literacies, the philosophy of education, and the work of Gilles Deleuze.
Associate Professor Ann Dadich, School of Business, is a registered psychologist, a full member of the Australian Psychological Society, and a Justice of the Peace in New South Wales. Ann's research focus is health service management, notably knowledge translation.
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Dr Rae Dufty-Jones, School of Social Sciences, is an economic and social geographer who has expertise in the governance of mobility and its relationship to public policy (specifically housing, regional development and internal migration).
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Dr Garrido is a lecturer within the School of Humanities and Communication Arts. He is a bassist, composer and producer who has worked with some of Australia’s top musicians. Dr Garrido has produced two solo albums, Dejame Tocarte (Sony) and Loco (Festival/Mushroom).
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Dr Youqing Fan, School of Business. Driven by the value of accountability, the key focus of his research is to address the inquiry that: how business and management can be done in a way that is accountable to the broader society and to nature?
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Associate Professor Kate Huppatz is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology in the School of Social Sciences at Western Sydney University and a School-based member of the Institute for Culture and Society. Her research explores the relations between gender, social class, occupations and mothering.
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Associate Professor Jorge Knijnik is Deputy Director of the Centre for Educational Research and member of the School of Education. He researches positive youth development health and wellbeing promotion programs; gender equity in sports and education; sport, globalisation and society; critical pedagogy; and sports, media and fandom.
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Dr Alana Lentin is Associate Professor in Cultural and Social Analysis at Western Sydney University within the School of Humanities and Communication Arts. Alana works on the critical theorization of race, racism and antiracism.
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George Morgan is a school based member from the School of Humanities and Communication Arts. George's research interests range from urban studies to Aboriginality and post-colonialism, to youth and precarious labour, to the politics of moral panics.
Dr George Morgan with trees and the Female Orphan School in the background.
Nicky Morrison is Professor of Planning and a Senior Visiting Fellow at Cambridge University. She is a leading academic authority on overcoming barriers to securing affordable housing through the planning system and ways to deliver sustainable communities and inclusive growth through participatory planning practices.
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Dr Nicholas Ng is an ethnomusicologist and musician specialising in Australia-China musical exchange. Nicholas researches Chinese music in diaspora, particularly in Australia from pre-Federation to contemporary times. At WSU, his main research project documents the lives of Australian-Chinese musicians.
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Dr Tanya Notley is a school-based member from the School of Humanities and Communication Arts. She researches on: children and media literacy; young people and news media; the politics of digital media infrastructures; the digital mapping of emotions; technology, evidence and human rights advocacy; and communication and social impact.
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Dr Joanne Orlando, School of Education, researches in the areas of technology, education, children, and digital culture. Joanne takes an informed and positive position to consider: the potential of technology to enhance learning, shifting knowledge in the digital era, understanding digital family life, the impact of digital on childhood.
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Dr Bonnie Pang is a Lecturer in Health and Physical Education in the School of Health Sciences. She is recognised for her research in the (critical) socio-cultural aspects of Health/Physical Education (H/PE), and physical culture, specialising in Chinese youth experiences, diversity and critical pedagogy, and healthy and inclusive communities.
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Neil is a Senior Research Lecturer in Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability. He specialises in progressive economics approaches to environmental economics and policy and in ecological economics, an interdisciplinary field of research emphasising the interdependence of economic and ecological values.
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Anna Cristina Pertierra is a school based researcher within the School of Humanities and Communication Arts. Anna's research uses ethnography to examine everyday social practice, with a particular interest in media, consumption and material culture, and urban modernities. Regionally, her work focuses on Cuba, Mexico and the Philippines.
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Emma Power is a Senior Research Fellow at ICS. Emma’s programme of research is concerned with urban living and the politics of care. It envisions a world of more caring and just cities, asking how cities can better support human life and the practice of care through studies of housing systems and governance, urban planning and cultures of home.
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Dr Xiang Ren is also an Academic Course Advisor of Master of Chinese Cultural Relations and Research Fellow in the Australia-China Institute for Arts and Culture. He researches on the digital and open transformation of publishing and knowledge systems; Chinese media and culture.
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Shanthi Robertson is an Associate Professor in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts and an ICS Institute Fellow. Her current research focuses are on: transnational migration, citizenship, multiculturalism and urban social change within the Asia-Pacific region.
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Ned Rossiter is Professor 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.
Professor Ned Rossiter with trees and the Female Orphan School in the background.
Juan Francisco Salazar is Professor in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts and an ICS Institute Fellow. He is interested in media anthropology; visual/digital ethnographies; citizens' media; Indigenous media and communication rights in Latin America; documentary cinemas; environmental communication; climate change.
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Dr Hayley Saul is a Senior Lecturer in Heritage within the School of Social Sciences. She is also the Director of the Himalayan Exploration and Archaeological Research Team. Her research interests are in culinary heritage; Himalayan archaeology; Mountain archaeology; Inner Asian archaeology; Post-disaster heritage; Heritage and wellbeing.
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Karen Soldatic is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Sciences and an ICS Institute Fellow. Karen's research on global welfare regimes builds upon her 20 years' experience as an international, national and state based senior policy analyst and practitioner.
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Emma Waterton is Professor in the Geographies of Heritage within the School of Social Sciences. Her researches focus on: geographies of heritage; heritage, affect and emotion; heritage and place-making; community development in South Asia; cultural landscapes; memory and commemoration
Dr Emma Waterton with trees and the Female Orphan School in the background.
Megan Watkins is Professor in the School of Education and Institute Fellow at the ICS. Her research interests lie in the cultural analysis of education and the formation of human subjectivities. In particular, her work engages with issues of pedagogy, embodiment, discipline and affect and the interrelation of these to human agency.
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