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Peter_Bansel

Dr Peter Bansel

Peter is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Social Sciences, and a member of both the Young and Resilient Research Centre and Sexualities and Genders Research, a strand of the SoSS Centre for Human Rights and Diversity. His interdisciplinary research is characterised by three broad interests: neoliberalism, education and policy analysis; biography, narrative and experiences of difference and diversity, and; identity, digital life, social worlds and wellbeing, with a specific focus on young people. His work on digital life and social worlds is concerned with the relationships between technology and identity and between material objects, practices and language in forming and transforming lived experience, especially as related to questions of individual and collective wellbeing.

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Michelle_Catanzaro

Dr Michelle Catanzaro

Michelle co-leads our Places and Platforms research stream, where she explores questions surrounding place and identity utilising participatory, digital and visual methods. She is a lecturer in Design, Visual Communication within the School of Humanities and Communication Arts. Her research focuses on visual communication, creative methodologies and cultural geography.

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Dr Jenna Condie

Jenna is a a School-based Research Fellow with the Young and Resilient Research Centre and Senior Lecturer in Digital Research & Online Social Analysis in the Social of Social Sciences,  and a Curriculum Champion with the 21C Curriculum Project at Western Sydney University. Her interdisciplinary research traverses critical psychology, geography, and technology studies. Jenna’s research is concerned with what people and places are becoming with digital technologies. Current projects focus on women’s safety, digital geographies of fear, and equitable mobilities. Since joining Western, Jenna has been working across Schools to produce new curricula that enables students to work at the intersections of technology and society.

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Louise Crabtree

Associate Professor Louise Crabtree

Louise's research focuses on the social, ecological and economic sustainability of community-driven housing developments in Australia; on housing innovation in practice and policy; on complex adaptive systems theory in urban contexts; and on property rights, institutional design and democracy.

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Ann Dadich 

Associate Professor Ann Dadich

Ann is a registered psychologist, a full member of the Australian Psychological Society, and a Justice of the Peace in NSW. She has accumulated considerable expertise in health service management, notably knowledge translation. This encompasses scholarship on the processes through which different knowledges coalesce to promote quality care. This is demonstrated by her publishing record; the grants she has secured; and the awards, received. She holds editorial appointments with several academic journals; she is the Deputy Director of the SPHERE Knowledge Translation Strategic Platform; and she chairs the ANZAM Health Management and Organisation Conference Stream and its Special Interest Group. Additionally, A/Prof. Dadich supervises doctoral candidates and teaches undergraduate units on change management, innovation, creativity, and organisational behaviour.

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Dr Milissa Deitz

Milissa is a senior lecturer in digital media and creative writing. She is a novelist and former journalist. Milissa’s book Watch This Space: The Future of Australian Journalism (2010) was published by Cambridge University Press. Her novel Bloodlust and non-fiction title My Life As A Side Effect are both published by Random House. Her scholarly interests include grief, identity and family; voice and the marginalised within digital storytelling (The Right To Know: 100 Years of the Australian Red Cross International Tracing Service, Immigration Museum, Melbourne 2015); and young people, wellbeing and technology (www.invisiblecity.org.au). Milissa’s current research is focused on children and young people in foster-care: she is working on an app to support belonging and identity.

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Nida_Denson 

Associate Professor Nida Denson

Nida leads our Learning and Work research stream. Nida is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Sciences and Psychology (SSAP) and a member of the Challenging Racism Project (CRP). Her research focuses on young people from underrepresented minority groups (e.g., from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, migrant youth, refugees, sexuality and gender diverse youth) in a variety of contexts. She is interested in the factors that improve or hinder their well-being, development, and participation and engagement. She has worked collaboratively with a number of community organisations such as Twenty10, ACON, and Great Lakes for Peace and Development International to address issues of local, national and international importance. Her past and current projects examine issues of difference, diversity, equity, safety, and well-being.

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Kevin_Dunn 

Professor Kevin Dunn (FNGS; FRSN)

Kevin is a leading researcher in the geographies of racism and anti-racism, immigration and settlement, Islam in Australia, and local government and multiculturalism. He has championed local anti-racism, bystander activism and online action, as a means to address racism in direct, relevant and more contemporary ways. Kevin’s research has highlighted the culturally and spatially uneven distribution of citizenship in Australia. As a leader on the Challenging Racism Project, Dunn has developed and lead Australian Research Council funded projects that have generated comprehensive databases on racism and anti-racism, and operationalised novel concepts, such as Anglo privilege, belief in ‘race’, and bystander responses.

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Catherine_Fleming 

Dr Catharine Fleming

Catharine co-leads our Participation and Engagement research stream. She is a Lecturer in Public Health in the School of Health Science. Dr Fleming has research and professional experience is in public health nutrition, paediatric nutrition, infant feeding, oncology and chronic disease management. Dr Fleming has research experience in mixed-methods, clinical and public health research methodologies covering quantitative, qualitative and data linkage studies. This experience has also involved working with families, children and population-based data in both the paediatric nutrition and oncology field in a variety of clinical and community settings. Dr Fleming has a PhD in paediatric nutrition/dietetics and over 12 years’ experience in paediatric nutrition relating to infant/child feeding and childhood obesity.

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Benjamin_Hanckel

Dr Benjamin Hanckel

Benjamin is a Vice Chancellor’s Senior Research Fellow. Benjamin’s work examines youth health and wellbeing, social inequalities in health, and social change. His current research explores the design and use of digital technologies for health, as well as the ‘real world’ settings of public health interventions, particularly in relation to the lived experiences of young people, including LGBTIQ+ youth. Benjamin is a convenor of The British Sociological Association (BSA) Youth Study Group, and a convenor of the LGBTQI Cluster within the Health Systems Global (HSG) SHAPES thematic group. He also holds affiliate positions at King's College London (KCL) and the University of Tasmania (UTAS).

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Phillipa_Hay

Professor Phillipa Hay

Phillipa is an academic psychiatrist who is recognised internationally for her expertise in reducing the personal and public health burden of eating disorders and the mental health of people with a high body weight. Her research aims to develop a better understanding of eating disorders to reduce the individual, family and community burden.

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Stephen_Healy 

Dr Stephen Healy

Stephen is a Senior Research Fellow at ICS. His research has concentrated on the relationship between economy, subjectivity and the enactment of new econo-socialities exploring various topics: health care reform policy, cooperative and regional development, and the solidarity economy movement.

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Rachel_Hendery

Associate Professor Rachel Hendery

Rachel co-leads our Intergener8 Living Lab research stream. She is Associate Professor of Digital Humanities in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts. She is passionate about building relationships between academia and broader publics, with a history of research and engagement around hackathons, museums, and school engagement. A linguist by training, she has a number of research projects that combine digital platforms and co-research with community members, in particular projects relating to language, data visualisation, mapping, simulation, and virtual reality.

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Alanna_Kamp 

Dr Alanna Kamp

Alanna is a Research Fellow at the Young and Resilient Research Centre and Lecturer in Geography and Urban Studies in School of Social Sciences. Dr Kamp’s research contributions lie in the areas of Australian multiculturalism and cultural diversity, experiences of migration and migrant settlement, racism and anti-racism, national identity, citizenship and intersectional experiences of belonging/exclusion. Her work utilises national-level quantitative methods as well as smaller-scale qualitative techniques that are influenced by multi-disciplinary research (post-colonialism, feminism, history, diaspora etc).

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Dr Sukhmani Khorana

Sukhmani is a Vice-Chancellor’s Senior Research Fellow. Sukhmani's research publications and grants span three main areas: diasporic film and culture, refugee media and empathy, and food in multicultural contexts. She has extensive experience in collaborating with community organisations and artists on projects benefiting diverse communities. With Kate Darian-Smith and Sue Turnbull, Sukhmani is a CI on a current ARC Linkage Project, 'Migration, Cultural Diversity and Television: Reflecting Modern Australia'. Sukhmani is the Australian node leader of the international 'Justice, Arts and Migration' network and a member of the Executive Board of the Asian Australian Studies Research Network.

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Liam_Magee 

Associate Professor Liam Magee

Liam co-leads our Intergener8 Living Lab Research Stream. He is interested in exploring the application of social methods and information technology to the areas of urban development and sustainability. He is presently investigating how online games, simulations and other information technologies can facilitate greater clarity and visibility of sustainability objectives among urban communities and stakeholder groups.

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Kate_McBride

Dr Kate McBride

Kate's broad research expertise is in epidemiology, public health and the improvement of health at a population level through the prevention of and reduction of chronic disease. Kate's research focusses on the prevention and management of chronic disease including cancer, diabetes and obesity within high risk, marginalised populations which includes through the optimisation of healthcare access among these individuals.

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Dr Girish Lala

Girish is a social psychologist whose research interests include exploring identity, interaction, and behaviour in online and face-to-face realms, and technological mediation of social cohesion and social change. He is particularly interested in engaging in applied research leading to measurable social benefit, where goals include both advancing academic understanding and developing practical solutions to real-world issues. To that end, he has worked with diverse research partners and participants, including young people, minority communities, marginalised and vulnerable groups, gang members, genocide survivors, local and international government agencies and NGOs, industry bodies, and policy makers. His most recent work includes investigating the intersections between creativity, community, and political engagement, and understanding how new technologies influence and can be applied to facilitating individual and social health and wellbeing.

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Andrew_Page 

Professor Andrew Page

Andrew has over a decade research experience in epidemiology, psychology and public health research, and a developed track record in social determinants of health, suicide and mental health, injury prevention, sexual health, agricultural health. He has also been involved in international research collaborations in Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, China and New Zealand. Andrew is also the Director of the Master of Epidemiology program in the School of Medicine.

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Lucie_Ramjan 

Associate Professor Lucie Ramjan

Lucie is a qualitative and mixed methods researcher who is committed to mental health research, particularly in the area of young people with eating disorders. Lucie received funding from The Ian Potter Foundation to develop a mentoring program for people with anorexia nervosa and was awarded a Women’s Research Fellowship to extend the pilot to all eating disorders. Lucie will contribute to the health expertise within the Health & Wellbeing research stream of the Young and Resilient Research Centre extending her work to explore the use of digital technology by young people to manage and support their recovery from eating disorders.

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Shanthi_Robertson 

Associate Professor Shanthi Robertson

Shanthi is an Associate Professor in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts and an Institute Fellow at the Institute for Culture and Society, specialising in migration and diversity, youth studies and urban social change. She has completed an ARC DECRA fellowship on young Asian migrants to Australia and is currently Chief Investigator on three ARC Discovery and Linkage projects that focus on: the economic, social and civic outcomes of transnational youth mobility for young people moving into and out of Australia for work, leisure and study; the role of autonomous technology in the social inclusion of migrants living with disability in Sydney; and the changing social civic practices in Sydney suburbs with high numbers of Chinese heritage residents.

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Ned_Rossiter 

Professor Ned Rossiter

Ned is a media theorist noted internationally for his research on network cultures, the politics of cultural labour, logistical media and data politics. He is Professor of Communication in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts and Director of Research at the Institute for Culture and Society. Rossiter is the author of Organized NetworksMedia Theory, Creative Labour, New Institutions (2006)Software, Infrastructure, Labor: A Media Theory of Logistical Nightmares (2016) and (with Geert Lovink) Organization after Social Media (2018). He is currently writing a book with Soenke Zehle called The Experience of Digital Objects: Automation, Aesthetics, Algorithms. His writings have been translated into Italian, Spanish, German, French, Finnish, Dutch, Chinese, Greek, Latvian, Hungarian, Turkish and Polish.

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Katrina_Sandbach

Ms Katrina Sandbach

Katrina co-leads the Places and Platforms Research Stream. She is a designer and academic with a background in brand communication design, and lectures in the Design (Visual Communication) program in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts. A practice-oriented researcher, she employs visual and digital methods to study place, identity, and community, with a particular interest in participatory approaches and creative outcomes. Katrina has supported a number of grassroots creative initiatives in Western Sydney and manages creativewest.com.au (opens in a new window) — an interactive map of creative businesses and cultural spaces in the west.

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Karen_Soldatic 

Associate Professor Karen Soldatic

Karen is a member of School of Social Sciences & Institute Fellow of ICS. Her research on global welfare regimes builds on her 20 years of experience as an international (Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Indonesia), national and state-based senior policy analyst, researcher and practitioner. Karen's research focuses on social inequalities and social injustice particularly in fields of research concerned with disability, Indigeneity, race and migration, sexuality and gender, poverty and welfare. Research emphasis is on the critical intersectionalities across, within and between such regulatory categories and their implications for practices of social embodiment. She has been awarded an Australian Research Council DECRA Fellowship (2016–2019). She is also a recipient of other prestigious research awards such as Fogarty Foundation Excellence in Education Fellowship; British Academy International Fellowship.

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Teresa_Swist 

Dr Teresa Swist

Dr Teresa Swist is a Research Fellow at the Young and Resilient Research Centre and the Wellbeing Health & Youth Centre of Research Excellence. Her transdisciplinary research explores the complexity of knowing, making and caring in the digital age. Teresa has extensive experience in theory-building, framework development, and participatory methodologies that advance imaginative possibilities and inclusive practices with people of diverse ages, backgrounds, and expertise. Her social-ecological systems perspective helps to examine how wellbeing and innovation co-evolve across personal, public, and planetary contexts. Teresa’s research highlights how situated ethics and knowledge sharing can shape more equitable and sustainable futures. Her writing has been published in New Media & Society, Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies, and Journal of Youth Studies.

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