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.
Brett M. Bennett is an Associate Professor in Modern History in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts, and Senior Research Association at the University of Johannesburg. He uses historical methods to investigate how the interaction of human actions and natural processes created contemporary ecosystems, scientific ideas, and conservation policies.
Dr Kylie Budge is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Culture and Society and is a School of Humanities and Communication Arts based member. Kylie researches the intersections between people and technology and society. She has an interest in how these connections manifest to produce new knowledge about communication and cultural practices.
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.
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 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.
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). Rae's research has investigated: Australian housing policy and mobility; peri-urban economic development; the restructuring of horticultural industries; rural youth migration; and ethnic discrimination in housing.
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 and produces such as The Catholics, The Party Boys, Disco Montego, Peter Dawkins and David Hemming. Dr Garrido has produced two solo albums, Dejame Tocarte (Sony) and Loco (Festival/Mushroom).
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?
Dr Sheree Gregory is a Lecturer in Human Resources and Management in the School of Business, teaching Innovation and Professional Practice, and Managing People at Work. Her interdisciplinary research deals with changes in work, business, households and family life. Her focus is on the problem of inequality, and investigating the challenges faced by workers who are marginalised and disadvantaged, and those of wealthy family businesses, particularly how tensions are managed.
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.
Associate Professor Jorge Knijnik is Deputy Director of the Centre for Educational Research and member of the School of Education. Jorge researches positive youth development health and well being promotion programs; gender equity in sports and education; sport, globalisation and society; critical pedagogy; and sports, media and fandom.
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.
Abby Mellick Lopes is an Associate Professor within the School of Humanities and Communication Arts. 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.
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 Tanya Notley is a school based member from the School of Humanities and Communication Arts. Tanya's research and teaching is focused on communication, technology and social change. Tanya's current research projects are focused 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.
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.
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.
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.
Dr Xiang Ren is a researcher and experienced publisher, working on the digital and open transformation of publishing and knowledge systems. He joined ICS in 2017 and currently holds a position of Academic Course Advisor of Master of Chinese Cultural Relations and Research Fellow in the Australia-China Institute for Arts and Culture at Western Sydney University, where he researches and teaches on various aspects of Chinese media and culture.
Ned Rossiter is an Institute Fellow based in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts and the Director of Research at the Institute of Culture and Society. Ned is a media theorist noted for his research on network cultures, the politics of cultural labour, logistical media and data politics. Together with Brett Neilson and Tanya Notley, he is currently investigating data centres and the governance of labour and territory in Singapore, Hong Kong and Sydney.
Juan Francisco Salazar is a Professor with the School of Humanities and Communication Arts and a member at the Institute of Culture and Society. He writes on media anthropology; visual/digital ethnographies; citizens' media; Indigenous media and communication rights in Chile and Latin America; documentary cinemas; environmental communication; climate change.
Dr Hayley Saul is a Senior Lecturer in Heritage within the School of Social Sciences. Hayley is the Director of the Himalayan Exploration and Archaeological Research Team (H.E.A.R.T). Hayley's research interests are in cuisine; culinary heritage; Himalayan archaeology; Mountain archaeology; Inner Asian archaeology; Post-disaster heritage; Heritage and wellbeing.
Karen Soldatic is an Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow (2016-2019) based within the School of Social Sciences. 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.
Emma Waterton is Professor in the Geographies of Heritage within the School of Social Sciences. She has an established reputation that arises from three sustained contributions to the field: conceptually-focused interventions that explore: the idea of ‘heritage as discourse’ and a re-theorisation of heritage in terms of emotion and affect; engaging with innovative and experimental research methods; and exploring the intersections between heritage and practices of social governance.
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.