Doctoral research: Cultural policy in suburban Australia
Shopfront would like to congratulate our Community Engagement Coordinator Penelope (Penny) Stannard, who has successfully completed her PhD, becoming a Doctor of Philosophy in September 2015. Penny began her PhD at UTS in 2011 with UTS Shopfront's then Academic Director, Professor Paul Ashton, as her principal supervisor.
Dr Penelope Stannard with her principal supervisor, Professor Paul Ashton
Photo credit: Carl Hoschke
The thesis builds on Penny’s twenty year industry experience in the Australian arts and cultural sector. Titled Cultural policy in an Australian suburb: A study of Campbelltown, Sydney, from the mid-1950s to 1988, it explores current and historical developments in cultural policy in Australia at local, state and federal government level. She investigated how these developments take shape when implemented on the ground in communities through cultural infrastructure and arts-based programs. Her major case study was the local government area of Campbelltown, located in Sydney's South West region, where growth, economic, urban and social change has extended over a long period of time, and where policy driven forces and community agendas have played an important role in developing the arts.
Professors Peter Spearritt and Ross Gibson—two of Australia’s most eminent scholars in the cultural and public policy field—awarded Penny the highest doctoral thesis examination score due to the quality, relevancy and interdisciplinary complexity of her research.
During her doctoral research project, Penny produced a number of publications in peer reviewed journals and books, and presented papers at conferences in Australia and overseas. To read Penny’s thesis, go to: https://opus.lib.uts.edu.au/handle/10453/36893