Doctor Karin Mackay

Doctor Karin Mackay

Lecturer,
Secondary Education (SoE)

Biography

Dr Karin Mackay is a researcher and lecturer in Creativity, Learning and Cultural Wellbeing for The School of Education, and an Alumna of the Institute of Cultural Studies (ICS) both at Western Sydney University. Karin has worked as a creative practitioner and educator for the last 20 years to address complex social and environmental problems using a cultural wellbeing approach. Karin has worked with a range of humanitarian and environmental organisations to design responsive educational policy and developmental programs for community agency and engagement. She uses creative arts methodologies as a powerful way to respond to the local effects of globalised disempowerment and displacement, with the aim of offering a hopeful way to live well on our planet. She has curated creative productions addressing social issues with women in domestic violence refuges, young parents, diverse women artists, homebirth groups, sustainability groups and most recently with  SydWest Multicultural Services refugee youth in Western Sydney Region. Karin was the lead researcher for the project Navigating Resettlement: Matched Mentoring and Creative Media Design for Refugee and Migrant Youth in Transition, Greater Western Sydney, which investigated how to best navigate refugee youth educational aspirations. Karin is currently working on documenting stories of migration in The Navigating Home Project, which aims to understand the meaning of ‘home’ to refugee and non-refugee youth to address issues of social cohesion. Karin has published and presented her work at International and National level with upcoming engagements at the 2018 International Metropolis Conference on migration, diversity and integration where she will present the "tri-model menu" of educational engagement for refugee youth and in 2019 at the Diversity in Organisations, Communities and Organisations theme border crossing narratives, learning from the refugee experience in Patras, Greece.

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Qualifications

  • DCR University of Western Sydney
  • Btech University of Western Sydney

Professional Memberships

  • Centre for Educational Research (2016 - 2019)
  • Humaniarian and Development Research Initiative (2018 - 2019)
  • Diversity in Organisations, Communities and Nations (2013 - 2019)

Awards

  • Doctor of Cultural Reseach 2015-05-11

Interests

  • Activism
  • Creative Arts Education
  • Creative Arts Practice
  • Creative and Critical Thinking
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Cultural Wellbeing
  • Educational design
  • Embodied Learning
  • Place-making
  • Political Participation and Identity
  • Social Justice, Social Change and Gender Issues
  • Spirituality
  • Wellbeing

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Secondary Education (SoE)

Committees

  • SYDwest Multicultural Services Board

Contact

Email: K.Mackay@westernsydney.edu.au
Phone: (02) 47360 260
Mobile:
Location: J.1.18
Penrith (Kingswood)
Website:

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Teaching

Current Teaching Areas

  • 101259 Learning and Creativity
  • 102096 Researching Teaching and Learning 1

Previous Teaching Areas

  • 101641 Diversity, Social Justice and Equity, 2010
  • 101641 Diversity, Social Justice and Equity, 2011
  • 101641 Diversity, Social Justice and Equity, 2012
  • 101641 Diversity, Social Justice and Equity, 2013
  • 101641 Diversity, Social Justice and Equity, 2014
  • 101259 Learning and Creativity, 2012
  • 101259 Learning and Creativity, 2013
  • 100960 Contemporary Society, 2010
  • 101259 Learning and Creativity, 2014
  • 100960 Contemporary Society, 2011
  • 101579 Primary English and Literacy 1, 2009
  • 101579 Primary English and Literacy 1, 2010
  • 101586 Primary English and Literacy 2, 2010
  • 101579 Primary English and Literacy 1, 2011
  • 101586 Primary English and Literacy 2, 2011
  • 101074 Professional Experience 1, 2015
  • 101074 Professional Experience 1, 2016
  • 101074 Professional Experience 1, 2017
  • 20014 Professional Experience 2, 2017
  • 20014 Professional Experience 2, 2016

Publications

Chapters in Books

  • Moustakim, M. and Mackay, K. (2018), 'Transversal resettlement transitions : young refugees navigating resettlement in Greater Western Sydney', Principles of Transversality in Globalization and Education, Springer 9789811305825.

Journal Articles

  • Mackay, K. (2016), 'The SPICES art framework : a practitioner tool to deepen understandings of cultural and spiritual wellbeing', The International Journal of Social, Political and Community Agendas in the Arts, vol 11, no 1 , pp 15 - 32.
  • Mackay, K. (2014), 'Art as a connection to the divine in women's lives : cultural wellbeing through creative process', The International Journal of Social, Political, and Community Agendas in the Arts, vol 8, no 2 .
  • Mackay, K. (2011), 'Reclaiming the sacred : a festival experience as a response to globalisation', Journal for the Study of Religion, vol 24, no 2 , pp 75 - 96.

Exhibitions

  • 2009, 'Ancestral Connections Exhibition'

Other Publications

  • 2018, 'Navigating Resettlement: Matched Mentoring and Creative Media Design for Refugee and Migrant Youth in Transition, Greater Western Sydney', Research Report
  • 2013, 'Our Place, Western Sydney, Project Report. Stage 1: Community Environmental & Sustainability Educators', Research Report

Navigating Resettlement:

humanitarian and social justice issues for marginalized communities. Currently working with young refugees and settlement stakeholders in Western Sydney on educational aspirations for migrant and refugee youth, developing culturally appropriate mentoring programs and to facilitate pathways towards HigherEducation. Expert in applying innovative arts based research methodologies for refugee wellbeing, social participation for inclusive youth voice.

This information has been contributed by Doctor Mackay.

Previous Projects

Title: Navigating Resettlement: matched mentoring and creative media design-Sydwest
Funder:
  • Sydwest Multicultural Services
Western Researchers: Mohamed Moustakim and Karin Mackay
Years: 2016-07-04 - 2017-09-11
ID: P00024204

Supervision

Doctor Mackay is available to be a principal supervisor for doctoral projects

Current Supervision

Thesis Title: The Influence of Teacher Familiarity and Teacher Competency in the Implementation of Indigenous Art Education: An Exploratory Study of Fijian Primary Teachers
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Implementation of Education in for Sustainable Development in Universities in Kenya
Field of Research:

Media

Title: Art as a Connection to the Divine
Description: Virtual Presentation at International Arts in Society Confrence 2013 Budapest Hungary

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