Heather _Horst 

Professor Heather A. Horst - Institute Director

Professor Heather A. Horst is the Director of the Institute for Culture and Society (ICS) at Western Sydney University. A sociocultural anthropologist by training, she researches material culture and the mediation of social relations through digital media and technology.


Professor Ned Rossiter - Director of Research

Ned Rossiter is Professor of Communication in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts, ICS Institute Fellow and the Director of Research at the Institute. Ned is a media theorist noted for his research on network cultures, the politics of cultural labour, logistical media and data politics.

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Associate Professor Malini Sur - Director of Higher Degree Research and Teaching

Malini Sur is an anthropologist and a documentary film maker. Her research and teaching relate to global and local challenges facing transnational migration and mobility. Trained in comparative, historical, and visual methods, A/P Sur is noted for her contributions within and beyond academia. Her research has been funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC), Dutch Research Council (NWO), Ministry of Education Singapore and awards from the Tata Trusts. A/P Sur is currently Director - Higher Degree Research (Graduate Studies) and Teaching at the Institute for Culture and Society and has served as the President of Australian Anthropological Society (2023).


Terence (Terry) Fairclough - Institute Manager

Terence Fairclough is the Institute Manager at ICS, managing Institute's financial, physical and human resources. Terence has an MA (Geography); a Certificate IV in HR; and a background in public service, NGO and University administration.  His past roles have included Senior Private Secretary to a New Zealand Government Minister; New Zealand Consulate for NSW and QLD; Operations Manager at the Australian Society for HIV Medicine; and Centre Manager for the National Centre for HIV Social Research at UNSW.