Our People + Awards
Lisa Andersen, Program Manager
Lisa is responsible for the overall direction, management, quality and activities of UTS Shopfront - Australia’s longest running, cross-faculty community engagement program. She also supervises and manages a range of research and community-based projects through student coursework projects and internships.
Lisa was a founding staff member of Shopfront in 1996, but has also worked in and researched extensively in the creative and cultural industries including as Research Manager at the national industry development program, Creative Industries Innovation Centre, as Senior Researcher on the Australian Research Council’s CAMRA cultural mapping in regional Australia project, and as Manager of the Empty Spaces Project that facilitated ‘meanwhile’ creative and community uses for empty shops and buildings in Australia.
Her books include Creative Business in Australia (UTS ePress 2015), All Culture is Local (UTS ePress, 2013) and Making Meaning, Making Money: directions for arts and cultural industries in The Creative Age (Cambridge Scholars Press 2008).
In 2014 Lisa received a National Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning, and in 2005 she was co-winner of a National Award for University Teaching for the ‘provision of education services to the community’. In 2016 she was co-winner, with the Shopfront team, of the UTS Vice Chancellor’s Social Justice/Human Rights Award.
T: 02 9514 2902
Margaret Malone, Managing Editor, Gateways
Margaret is responsible for every aspect of the Gateways journal’s editorial process, from initial submission of a manuscript to design and publication. Margaret also works with the Editorial Committee and the journal's publisher UTS ePress to ensure the journal is at the forefront of best-practice ethical and open access publishing. As part of Gateways’ mission to widen participation in the dissemination of engaged research, Margaret has mentored numerous emerging academics, and she is currently piloting an Author+Editor mentoring program for historically and geographically underrepresented scholars. Her publications include the book All Culture is Local (co-edited with Lisa Andersen, UTS ePress, 2013), and 'Having the Conversation' (co-authored with Lisa Andersen, By-Roads and Hidden Treasures, UWAP, 2015). In 2016 she was co-winner, with the Shopfront team, of the UTS Vice Chancellor’s Social Justice/Human Rights Award. In 2019, Margaret commenced her PhD, with a focus on bridging the gap between community research partners and the academic research article. She is the recipient of a UTS Research Excellence Scholarship (RES).
T: 02 9514 2900
Ruby Wawn, Student Engagement Coordinator
Ruby is the Student Engagement Coordinator at Shopfront. She is responsible for facilitating student engagement with the UTS SOUL Award, delivering training workshops to SOULies, overseeing SOUL volunteering work, supporting student leaders on campus and helping out with the administration of Shopfront.
T: 02 9514 2903
Alex Connor, Volunteering and Training Coordinator
Alex is responsible for coordinating the UTS SOUL Award, a co-curricular leadership and volunteering program. Alex facilitates workshops to allow students to develop their communication, leadership, teamwork and knowledge about social issues affecting the world and local communities, as well as overseeing the implementation of continuous improvements. In addition Alex supports the work of Shopfront including with the Pyrmont Ultimo Network of Services (PUNS). Alex has worked with not-for-profits and government in volunteer management for the past nine years and believes in the power of people to make meaningful and positive change.
T: 02 9514 2904
Tom Wilson, Operations Manager
Tom supports the effective operations of the Shopfront program through the efficient meeting of day-to-day functioning and administrative needs. He also contributes to the Community Coursework Projects and UTS SOUL Award. Tom completed a Master of Sustainability degree in 2018 and has a mixed background of working in various design, community and sports development roles.
T: 02 9514 2900
Chau Au, Special Projects Officer
Chau is currently working with Shopfront to set up a pilot program on new SOULie-led Code Clubs. He will be responsible for recruiting a cohort of SOUL students with supporting students in both professional and personal skills to run Code Clubs in less advantaged localities, based on the UTS Widening Participation localities in social participation and access to coding and digital technologies that will be useful in the future. Chau is also currently the student representative for the Talloires Network Steering Committee, with involvement in providing advising role and act as an Ambassador for the International Network.
Sebastian Behrens, Community Engagement Coordinator
Sebastian is the Community Engagement Coordinator at Shopfront. He directly supports the effective operations of the Shopfront program through project and relationship management with community organisations, academics, students, industry coaches and other stakeholders. Prior to joining Shopfront, Sebastian gained extensive experience in the community sector, where he lead and supported initiatives focusing on disability rights, social cohesion and cultural diversity. He further worked as a specialist teacher delivering inclusive, child-centred education programs in the United Kingdom and the Global South.
T: 02 9514 2918
Rashmi Mohotti, Communications Officer
Rashmi is the Communications Officer for the UTS SOUL Badge and Award. She collaborates on student recruitment strategies and the fortnightly newsletter, creates content for social media, and helps devise new ideas for future communications strategies (and makes memes). Rashmi is currently completing a Bachelor of Communications (Media Arts and Production)/Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation at UTS.
Awards and Recognition
2016 - Shopfront was honoured to receive the UTS Vice-Chancellor's Human Rights & Social Justice Award and to be a finalist in both the Australian Financial Review's Higher Education Awards for Community Engagement, and the NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards for Volunteer Management.
2015 - Shopfront takes out second place for the international MacJannet Prize for Global Citizenship.
2014 - National Teaching and Learning Citation awarded to Lisa Anderson (Shopfront) and Natalia Nikolova (Business) for their collaboration in the MBA subject "Management Consulting".
2012 - Commendation: MacJannet Prize for Global Citizenship, as one of the top six exceptional community engagement programs.
2008 - The Malian Foundation Community Partnership Prize, UTS Alumni Awards - Winner - for interdisciplinary team of students working on the Parramatta Female Factory Project, in partnership with Shopfront and the Parramatta Female Factory Precinct Association.
2007 - UTS Alumni Award awarded to Kate Pacey for work on Aboriginal Stone Artefacts.
2005 - OLT Carrick National Teaching Awards - Winner - Provision of Education Services to the Community.
2004 - Australian-American Fulbright for Professor Nyden from Loyola University in Chicago to visit Australia.
2001 - The UTS Shopfront was awarded the UTS Equity and Diversity Award for its practical program to resource disadvantaged community groups and provide UTS graduates with knowledge and experience of socially responsible professional practice.