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 2905
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 2903
Kate Dilanchian, Design Coursework Coordinator
Kate is part of the Shopfront team as the Design Coursework Coordinator overseeing the relationships with 30+ community organisations and the live projects undertaken by 160+ students in the UTS Socially Responsive Design program. In the course of her years as a practising designer and design educator, she has been evolving, refining and applying, human-centred techniques to all her work, and believes that collaboration is the key to any successful outcome. She has received awards from the Art Directors Club of New York, Graphic Design: USA, and the Type Directors Club. Kate has also held both NSW Chairman and Vice Chairman positions with the Australian Graphic Design Association (AGDA). roles.
Sophie Hopkins, Research Project Officer
Sophie has joined the Shopfront team as a Project Officer, working primarily with Ebru Sumaktas who is a Community Fellow with Shopfront, completing her 2017 Churchill Fellowship research on meaningful employment programs for people with disabilities in the open market. In addition, Sophie has been contributing to Shopfront’s university-community engagement by conducting research into access and inclusion of people with disabilities at university with the aim of developing a good practice framework.
Sergiy Kuzovkov, Event Project Officer
Sergiy has joined the Shopfront team as a Project Officer to work with the Pyrmont Ultimo Network of Services (PUNS) on a consultation and planning process that aims to improve coordination and delivery of a local community program, social services and collaborative activity on overcoming social isolation in the local community. Through co-design, capacity mapping and storytelling, the process will enable the network to explore how they might leverage their collective impact to empower the people of Pyrmont and Ultimo to create a thriving community.