Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University
Delphine Bellerose is a Research Assistant with a background in social policies management. She was involved in several community research projects related to telecommunications customers’ experience and cybersafety for the Australian Communications and Media Authority. More recently, Delphine worked on several projects that look at how the opportunities offered by digital technology can be used to support the wellbeing of young people.
Phillipa Collin is a Senior Research Fellow. She leads a research program for the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre examining how new technologies can promote safe and supportive environments and promote the mental health and wellbeing of young people aged 16 – 25. Her research interests include online participation, political identity and citizenship, safety and risk, intergenerational and gender perspectives, online campaigns and program evaluations.
Louise Crabtree is a Senior Research Fellow. Her research focuses on the social, ecological and economic sustainability of community-driven housing developments in Australia; on the uptake of housing innovation in practice and policy; on complex adaptive systems theory in urban contexts; and, on the interfaces between sustainability, property rights, institutional design and democracy.
Justine Humphry is a Lecturer of Cultural and Social Analysis, specialising in cultures of digital technology. In her most recent research project funded by the Australian Communications Consumer Network, she worked closely with young people, families and adults experiencing homelessness to study their access to and use of mobile phones and the internet. Her research interests cover digital technology and social inclusion, new modes of work and governance, and communication and public space.
Paul James is Director of the Institute for Culture and Society. He is Scientific Advisor to the Senate Department for Urban Development, Berlin, and has been an advisor to numerous agencies and governments including the Helsinki Process, the Canadian Prime Minister’s G20 Forum, the Commission on Reception, Truth and Reconciliation in East Timor, and the Papua New Guinea Minister for Community Development. His interest in digital engagement comes through his research on the nature of community — local, national and global — and questions of social capacities in relation to the human condition.
Emma Kearney is a Senior Research Officer. Emma has over 10 years experience working in qualitative research and engaged research processes. She has been responsible for the daily project management of the Digital Capacities Initiative.
Liam Magee is a Senior Research Fellow. His principal research interests focus on the application of social methods and information technology to the areas of urban development and sustainability. Liam has worked with communities in Siliguri, Johannesburg, Phnom Phen and is currently working on a digital engagement project in Dakha.
Tanya Notley is a social change communicator, educator and researcher. She is employed as a Lecturer in Internet Studies and Digital Media in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts at Western Sydney University and she is a researcher with the Institute for Culture and Society. She collaborates with a number of human rights and social justice organisations to design communication initiatives for social impact.
Anjali Sharma is a final year undergraduate student pursuing a combined degree in Arts and Mathematics. A recipient of a student research program scholarship she has worked on quantitative data analysis.
Amanda Third is Principal Research Fellow in Digital Social and Cultural Research. Her research focuses on the socio-cultural dimensions of young people’s technology use, with particular emphases on children’s rights in the digital age, the intergenerational dynamics shaping technology practice, and vulnerable young people’s technological engagements.
Sam Yorke works in Public Policy and Government Affairs at Google Australia, with a focus on privacy, safety and security. She is an accredited mediator, technology lawyer and policy advisor with over fifteen years experience working within the digital media and technology sectors both in Europe and Australia.