ICS is strongly committed to developing research collaborations and partnerships with government, industry and the community sector. Many of our projects are collaborative partnerships, which deliver quality research for strategic planning and practical outcomes that help understand and resolve the social and cultural challenges impacting on organisations, communities and individuals in a diverse and complex world. Below is a selection of ICS's partnerships with organisations and corporations.

Organisations and Corporations

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Alannah and Madeline Foundation

The objectives of the Alannah and Madeline Foundation (AMF) are 'to care for children who have experienced or witnessed serious violence; reduce the incidence of bullying, cyber-bullying and other cyber-risks; and, advocate for the safety and wellbeing of children'. Their programs and resources have reached more than 1.5 million children and their families since they began operations in 1997. The Institute for Culture and Society has worked with AMF to evaluate a range of their programs.

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Community Works/Basic Needs

Community Works is a consulting group that exists to help community-sector organisations achieve the best results for the individuals, families and communities they serve. The Institute for Culture and Society has partnered with Community Works to develop services associated with enhancing mental health.

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Family Online Safety Institute

The Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) is an international alliance of industry organisations dedicated to making the online world safer for kids and their families through enlightened public policy, industry best practice and good digital parenting. The Institute regularly contributes to FOSI conferences and expert panels, and has played an Advisory role in key FOSI projects.

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Foundation for Young Australians

Foundation for Young Australians delivers 'a range of programs, co-designed with young people, that create social change across Australia'. They also produce research reports that examine a range of the challenges facing young people . Members of the Institute for Culture and Society participate in workshops and project activities with the Foundation.

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Global Kids Online

Global Kids Online is an initiative of the London School of Economics and UNICEF dedicated to generating research on children and young people's digital practices globally. The project has produced a toolkit for researchers working in the Global South, has hosted several symposia and is closely linked to UNICEF's global policy agenda.

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Global Reconciliation

Global Reconciliation is an Australian-initiated network of people and organisations around the world, researching and promoting reconciliation. Rather than seeking to dissolve difference, their projects involve engagement across continuing boundaries of cultural, religious, racial, and other differences to find lines of dialogue and practical co-operation. The Institute for Culture and Society is represented on the Executive and Advisory Board, and has worked with this organisation on projects in Australia, Sri Lanka and the Middle East.

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Google, Australia

Google is a multinational corporation operating in the digital sector whose mission is to mission is to organise the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful. The institute has been partnering with Google Australia (along with Google UK and Google USA) since 2010 to deliver innovative Living Lab research that targets young people's mental health and wellbeing for the digital age.

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iCanHelpline (USA)

iCanHelpline assists schools and districts in resolving social media related problems such as cyberbullying, sexting and reputation issues involving students, staff or anyone in the school community. The Institute for Culture and Society have worked with iCanHelpline in a number of capacities, including coauthoring the From Risk to Resilience Report (opens in a new window)(PDF,1.9MB) for Telstra and Children's Rights in the Digital Age project.

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International Telecommunication Union

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is the United Nations specialised agency for information and communication technologies. It develops technical standards and strives to improve access to ICTs to underserved communities worldwide. The Institute for Culture and Society was commissioned by ITU to consult with children and young people globally on the issue of cyberbullying via the Rerights platform.

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Institute of Postcolonial Studies

The Institute of Postcolonial Studies (IPCS) was established in 1996. It is an Australian independent educational institution in devoted to understanding the continuing impact of colonialism in the world today. The Institute engages in activities that encompass intellectual enquiry, public debate and artistic expression. The Institute for Culture and Society is represented on the IPCS Board.

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Metropolis, the World Association of the Major Metropolises, is the leading international organisation that connects cities and metropolitan regions with more than a million inhabitants. Created in 1985, Metropolis is represented by more than 140 members from across the world. Metropolis uses the Circles of Sustainability method, developed in collaboration with researchers at the Institute for Culture and Society.

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Project Rock-it

Project Rockit 'builds spaces where imagination, leadership, creative expression and acceptance are available to all young people, regardless of their social label, grades, gender, sexuality or cultural background'. They are a key partner with the Institute for Culture and Society in the Young and Resilient Strategic Initiative.

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ReachOut is an online mental health organisation for young people. The organisations works alongside young people to deliver online tools that address youth mental health and reduce youth suicide. The Institute for Culture and Society has partnered with ReachOut on the project 'Young People, Technology and Wellbeing Research Facility'.

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Sustain is a network of municipalities, organisations and other networks based in Melbourne. It works alongside government, business and community stakeholders to be a national voice supporting the transition to a healthy sustainable food system. The organisation uses the Circles of Social Life method developed by member of the Institute for Culture and Society. An ICS respresentative sits on Sustain's Board.

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Sydney Water 

During 2017 the ICS engaged in a major research project in partnership with Sydney Water titled ‘Understanding the Drivers of Trust in Sydney’s Drinking Water’. This water utility is a major government owned corporation committed to providing safe water to all Sydney residents, as well as managing supply and waste water services. The project utilised the skills of key ICS staff with extensive expertise in engaged cultural research in everyday water practices. It also utilised the expertise of Sydney Water staff by developing a social learning methodology that involved workshops and collaborative design of the study. Four reports were produced on ‘Trust’, ‘Water Quality’, ‘Customerisation’ and ‘'Exploring the Practices of Mandarin-Speaking Water Drinkers’.

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Technology and Wellbeing Roundtable

Auspiced by Telstra and the Inspire Foundation, this cross-sector Roundtable brings together over 30 organisations from around Australia to knowledge share on the topic of young people and their technology use. The Institute for Culture and Society is a founding member of the Roundtable.

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UNICEF Voices of Youth

UNICEF Voices of Youth was founded in 1995 to provide a place for young people to learn more about issues affecting their world. It brings together youth bloggers from all over the world. Voices of Youth is a partner for the 'Children's Rights in the Digital Age' and ReRights projects.

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Urbego means city-metropolis in Esperanto. Urbego was founded in 2012 to enhance engaged urban planning. Urbego has conducted projects in various cities around the world, including Gothenburg, The Hague, Paris, London, Antwerp, Rio, Venice and Belgrade. Together with researchers from the Institute for Culture and Society, it has developed a process for assessing and enhancing youth engagement in cities.

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Zuni is a digital marketing agency with consultants specialising in digital strategy, implementation, optimisation and training. Zuni was a partner on the Young and Well CRC 'Safe and Well Online' project. 2016, and is part of the development of the Young and Resilient Living Lab.

Partner Universities

  • Monash University, Australia
  • The University of Melbourne, Australia
  • Universidad Diego Portales, Chile
  • Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile
  • University of Valparaíso, Chile
  • Humboldt University, Germany
  • Technical University Berlin, Germany
  • Leuphana University, Germany
  • Linköping University, Sweden


Many ICS researchers are editors of journals. These are listed below

ICS researchers are also regular guest editors of journals.

For articles authored by ICS members see the pages of the individual researchers.


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Australian Living Labs Innovation Network

The Australian Living Labs Innovation Network (ALLIN) is the peak regional body for Living Labs research and design. The Institute for Culture and Society has played a key role in founding the Living Labs Innovation Network, alongside Sustain SA and Action Foresight. Founding members of ALLIN include: Data61; Western Sydney University; University of South Australia; Queensland University of Technology; Swinburne University; SustainSA; Action Foresight; Stretton Institute.

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Digitally Connected Network

Auspiced by the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard and UNICEF's Voices of Youth, this network brings together over 150 partner organisations globally who are analysing digital and social media growth and trends among children and youth globally. The Institute for Culture and Society has collaborated with the Network to deliver two major projects focused on children's rights in the digital age leading to project reports, journal articles, a short film, and a digital platform.

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Raising Children Network

The Raising Children Network is a non-profit organisation providing information and resources to support parents and carers in 'the day-to-day work of raising children and looking after their own needs'. They work with peak organisations and more than 180 research experts. The Institute for Culture and Society has collaborated with the Network in developing a youth-centred evaluation framework for digital parenting resources.

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Routes towards Sustainability

Routes is a network of universities that formed in 2012 in the aftermath of Rio+20, the second Earth Summit. The network includes the following universities: University of Ferrara, Italy; Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago; Pontificia Universidade Católica do Paraná, Brazil; Humboldt Universität, Germany, and the South China University of Technology, Guangzhou, China, and Waseda University, Japan, as well as others. The Institute for Culture and Society has been a member since 2015, and was involved in developing its approach to understanding sustainability.

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City of Parramatta Council 

City of Parramatta Council 'plays a major role in revitalising the local government area, providing more than 40 services to improve the quality of life for its residents and to make Parramatta a great place to live, work, play and invest'. The Institute for Culture and Society has been collaborating with the Council since 2015 through the ongoing 'Parramatta Now' project, as well as other initiatives such as Random Hacks of Kindness, and the commissioned 'Making Parramatta Home' project.

City of Sydney Council

The City of Sydney is the local government authority providing services for 200,000 residents and 20,000 businesses in the city centre and 30 neighbouring suburbs. The Institute for Culture and Society's partnership with the City of Sydney dates back to 2004 on the project 'Backpacker Cultures, Residential Communities, and the Construction of Tourist Spaces and Landscapes'. More recently, the Institute has worked with the City of Sydney on projects such as 'Sydney's Chinatown in the Asian Century' (2012-2015) and 'Recalibrating Cultures: Production, Consumption, Policy' (2013-2016).


Crossroads in Cultural Studies

The Crossroads Conference has played an important role in the creation of a global discussion of cultural studies. It is organised by the Association for Cultural Studies (ACS). Previous conferences have taken place in Birmingham, Urbana-Champaign, Istanbul, Kingston, Hong Kong, Paris, and Tampere. In 2016 the Institute for Culture and Society co-hosted the conference (with the University of Sydney), making it the largest cultural studies conference to hit the southern hemisphere.

Ecocity World Summit

The Ecocity World Summit series, held every two years since 1990, has developed into one of the most globally significant forums for addressing the complex challenges facing humanity in a rapidly urbanising world. The Summit brings together a diverse mix of researchers, policy makers and citizens with a common focus on identifying and creating pathways to more sustainable, resilient and equitable cities. In 2017, the Institute for Culture and Society and the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute co-organised the Ecocity World Summit in Melbourne.

Knowledge / Culture Series

The Knowledge/Culture series is a sequence of international conferences hosted by the Institute for Culture and Society in collaboration with our partners. Each conference focuses on a pressing issue or salient theme in the world – for example, social change, economy, globalisation. The dual motifs of knowledge and culture frame each conference. In September 2018, the Institute for Culture and Society will co-host the Knowledge/Culture/Technology Conference in Luneburg, Germany with our partner, the Centre for Digital Cultures based at Leuphana University.

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