Where We Work

ICS's Strategic Sites 


The Institute’s research in Australia involves working closely with partner organisations to address issues of local, national and global significance. This anchors the Institute in its immediate material and sociocultural environment, while speaking to issues of globalising generality. Recent core projects include numerous ARC Discovery Projects and Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards. Recent projects funded by and/or including industry and community partners include the 'Young and Resilient Living Lab' with Google Australia, 'Planning Cultural Creation and Production in Sydney' with the City of Sydney, and 'Keeping Strong through Mobiles: Strengths-Based Approaches to Social and Emotional Health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Young People using Mobile Technology', with the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre.

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The research activities and interests of ICS in Chile span a decade. ICS has signed Memoranda of Understanding with the following four Chilean centres and institutions: the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile (PUC); Universidad Diego Portales (DUP); the Nucleo Milenio En Energia Y Sociedad (NUMIES); and, the Centre for Social Conflict and Cohesion Studies (COES). Core current projects include the ARC Discovery projects 'Australian Cultural Fields' with the Universidad Diego Portales, and 'Logistics as Global Governance: Labour, Software and Infrastructure', with the Universidad de Valparaiso, and the ARC Linkage project 'Antarctic Cities and the Global Commons: Rethinking the Gateways' with the Chilean Antarctic Institute and University of Magallanes. In 2017 the ICS flagship Knowledge/Culture conference was held in in Santiago, and hosted by Universidad Diego Portales in partnership with PUC, COES, and NUMIES.

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The Institute’s engagement with China is centred principally in Guangdong Province together with the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau. Current and ongoing research engagement focuses on Guangzhou’s participation in the international Circles of Sustainability process and on institutional research partnerships forged in the context of our work on the China-Australia heritage corridor. The Institute also has an ongoing relationship with the Communications University of China (CUC), Beijing, based on research on the cultural politics of ‘mediated sport’ and in film studies, and grounded in academic exchanges between the Institute and CUC.

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ICS has a range of research partnerships with universities, cultural organisations, and local government in Germany, focusing on media theory and algorithmic governance, migration and global logistics, piracy studies, media and sport, museum studies, and urban studies. Key current projects include: ‘Investigating Logistics: Forms of Life, Migration, the Common(s)’ in partnership with the Berlin Institute for Research on Integration and Migration (BIM), Humboldt University; ‘Circles of Social Life’ with the City of Berlin; and, 'Data Centres and the Governance of Labour and Territory', an ARC Discovery project with Leuphana University of Luneburg’s Centre for Digital Cultures (CDC). In November 2018, ICS will co-host the 'Digital Cultures: Knowledge / Culture / Technology' International Conference with CDC, as part of the Institute's Knowledge/Culture series. 

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ICS has ongoing and emerging relations with a number of institutes, organisations, and universities in India, focussing on the cities of New Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, and Hyderabad. This includes advisory and advocacy work with Seagull Foundation for the Arts in Kolkata, Peaceworks, and the Kolkata Cycle Samaj. Core projects involve the ARC project 'Logistics as Global Governance: The New Silk Road' with the Calcutta Research Group, and 'Circles of Sustainability: Mapping Key Cities' conducted through Metropolis and the National Institute for Urban Affairs in New Delhi. 

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The Institute’s research activities and partnerships in Indonesia are focused in Yogjakarta and Jakarta. In partnership with the Faculty of Religious Propagation and Communication at State Islamic University (UIN), the Diversity and Disability in Asian Muslim Societies research program focuses on educational inclusion within Islamic educational institutions from early childhood, secondary, and tertiary institutions. A joint PhD program with UIN is under development.

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The Netherlands

The Institute has an ongoing relationship with two centres at the University of Amsterdam in relation to global culture and urban studies, including a dual doctoral award through its Amsterdam Centre for Globalisation Studies.

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The Institute has strong relations with the National University of Singapore (NUS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore Management University (SMU), Future Cities Laboratory (ETH Zurich), and Civil Service College Singapore (CSC). These relations focus on concerns with regionalism, transnationalism, globalisation, urbanism, tropical geography, migration, and digital cultures. Core projects and events include an ARC Discovery project 'Data Centres and the Governance of Labour and Territory' in partnership with SMU; and, a three-month Senior Visiting Research in the Migration Cluster at NUS’s Asia Research Institute that included a two-day workshop with international speakers on 'Youth Mobilities and Immobilities' in the Asia-Pacific.

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South Africa

The Institute’s work in South Africa is focused on a series of new and longstanding projects. Research and teaching is primarily focused on environmental sustainability, with ongoing relationships with the University of Johannesburg, Witwatersrand University, Stellenbosch University, and the Nsasani Trust. ICS researcher Brett Bennett has led five trips to the Kruger National Park through Western Sydney University’s School of Humanities and Communication Arts. All funds from students go to a not-for-profit group, the Nsasni Trust, which funds biodiversity skills training for disadvantaged South Africans. Core projects include the ARC Discovery project 'Antarctic Cities and the Global Commons: Rethinking the Gateways', focused on Cape Town.

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ICS’s intellectual connection with Sweden has been active for over a decade, focused on the global and comparative international dimensions of cultural research that are illuminated by joint research activities across hemispheres and national systems. The main partner in Sweden is a national research consortium, the Advanced Cultural Studies Institute of Sweden (ACSIS), based in the Department of Cultural Studies (Tema Q) at the Norrköping campus of Linköping University. This relationship focuses on areas including mediated communication, intellectual property relations, digitisation, and mobilities. More recently, ICS is developing a productive relationship with The Seed Box: Mistra-Formas Environmental Humanities Collaboratory (EHC). Current key projects include 'Commons and Commodities: Knowledge, Natural Resources and the Construction of Property'.

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United Kingdom 

ICS has a broad and deep relationship with the United Kingdom, focused on a number of world-class universities including Goldsmiths University, the London School of Economics, and Kings College London. Many ICS staff are connected with a range of UK universities and have collaborated with them in a variety of ways including research, international advisory, and governance and editorial activities. More than ten eminent universities and public institutions in the United Kingdom have live research collaborations with ICS scholars. Current core projects include the ARC Discovery project 'Assembling and Governing of Habits' with Kings College London.

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