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CCNR's staff span a range of disciplines in the social sciences and humanities, bringing to its activities many skills. In addition, our engagement with the community-based organisations, the information profession, and government, provides us with the linkages and credibility into each of these sectors.

Emeritus Professor Don Schauder

 Don Schauder

serves as the Centre's chair. He is Professor of Information Management in Monash University's School of Information Management and Systems. Don has been library director at the South African Library for the Blind, the University of Natal; Prahran College of Advanced Education; Chisholm Institute of Technology; and RMIT University. He founded INFORMIT Electronic Publishing at RMIT, and was a co-founder of VICNET--Victoria's Network at the State Library of Victoria. He has served on information policy committees under successive State Governments, including the Information Society Committee of the Premier's Taskforce on Multimedia. He has been a member of the Library Board of Victoria, Chair of its Library Network Committee. His teaching and research are focused on the development of information communities, products and services, and knowledge management environments that meet the needs of individuals, organisations and society.

Assoc. Professor Graeme Johanson

graeme johanson

Graeme is Director of the Centre and supervisor of several PhD projects in the Centre.

He is involved in many of the research projects noted on this website. His current research interests include: migrant uses of Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs), the use of mobile devices for improvement of social capital (for young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders; for citizen scientists to collect, store and publish data; for micro-entrepreneurs in Indonesia; for mobile banking), user needs analysis and knowledge management, library management, minimally invasive education using ICTs, ICT policy and e-government in developing countries, use of crowdsourcing as a classificatory device for knowledge description, e-publishing, and the links between theory and practice in community informatics.

Dr Larry Stillman

larry Stillman

Larry Stillman has been closely involved with many of CCNR's projects, and has a particular interest in community based research theory and methologies applied to social-technology situations. He has a background of research and development in community networking and has worked in non-profit organisations, as well as with VICNET, one of the first public internet providers in the 1990s.

He has played a leading role in community networking conferences and events in Australia, and international including the Community Informatics Research Network (CIRN) and its conferences at the Monash Prato Centre []. He has strong relationships with colleagues in Europe and elswhere. From 2007-2010 he led the research component of the Doing IT Better Project [] in conjuction with the Victorian Council of Social Service.

More recently, he has been engaged in social technology research with the Digital Doorway [] initiative of Meraka, South African Centre for Scientific & Industrial Research. The Digital Doorway inititiave seeks to develop new technologies and ways of working with communities in high-needs communities. He is also attached to the Oxfam Australia-Monash Partnership [] as a Senior Research Fellow. The Partnership brings together the grounded knowledge of an aid agency and the multiple resources and academic expertise of a university to make a positive impact in people's lives.

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Languages: English, Italian, Hebrew, Akkadian & Sumerian (both quite extinct).

Dr Tom Denison

Tom Denison

Tom Denison has a long history of involvement in the computing and information industries. A Research Associate with the Centre for Community Networking Research, he is also principal consultant for White Room Electronic Publishing Pty. Ltd. and has recently completed his PhD, investigating the take-up and use of Information and Communications Technology by community sector organisations.

With over 20 years involvement in the computing and information industries, Tom specialises in community informatics, the development of online services including the design and provision of online library services, and the development of commercial publishing via the Internet and other electronic media. He has worked on a number of electronic publishing projects, including a period as Head of INFORMIT Electronic Publishing, several library automation projects in Vietnam and Australia, and undertaken various consultancies related to the development of library and information services. He has lectured at both Monash University and RMIT.

Tom's research interests include: community informatics; current developments in information services and electronic publishing; useful content on networks; the significance of different forms of content; the chaos and diversity of the Internet.

Dr. Michael Arnold

mike arnold

Michael teaches and writes about a variety of subjects relating to digital technologies in the social context.
Michael has also been a Visiting Scholar at the Centre for Applied Research in Educational Technology at Cambridge University, is a founding committee member of the IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology (Australian Chapter), is an Australian committee member of the Community Informatics Research Network, and has been a Research Associate with the Australian Centre for Science and Innovation in Society.
Michael's current research projects look at the appropriation of ICTs in a domestic environment, the appropriation of high speed broadband in domestic environments, a comparative study of social networking media in the Asia-Pacific, the implications of ICTs for communities of various kinds, medical applications of ICTs - in particular individual electronic health records,and social returns on ICT investments in the third-sector.

Dr. Kirsty Williamson

Kirsty Williamson

Since 1998, Kirsty has been Director of the group, Information and Telecommunications Needs Research, which spans Monash University and Charles Sturt University. Since 1990 she has received more than $3 million in research grants, partly in industry funding, beginning with over $500,000 from the Telstra Fund for Social and Policy Research in the 1990s. She has also received six ARC grants (one Discovery and five Linkage grants) and two major DoCITA grants (almost $400,000 all-told). Her research has spanned a range of topics with the emphasis on understanding and meeting user needs in the areas of information and technology. Examples include online investments, plagiarism in schools, breast cancer, online banking and older people and the Internet. For more information please see:

Dr Mary Anne Kennan

mary ann kennan

is Senior Lecturer in the School of Information Studies at Charles Sturt University. Her teaching and research lie interests lie in exploring how new opportunities for multidimensional information flows, connectedness, social inclusion and participation arise from the interactions between people, information and technology. Prior to becoming an academic Mary Anne worked for 25 years in libraries and the information world in diverse positions, the most recent as director of the Frank Lowy Library at the Australian Graduate School of Management.


Misita Anwar

misita anwar

Master in Information Science (UNSW). Bachelor (Hons) in Communication Engineering (La Trobe). Misita has 10 years of experiences as academic staff at Makassar State University, Indonesia. Her main field of interest is twofold. On one hand -  due to a personal philosophy of life and current Phd research project - the aspects related with Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D): mobile phones and wireless technology for development and capability expansion, micro-entrepreneurs and social capital. On the other hand - and due to a professional engagement in the field and her background - the aspects related with wireless technology and empowerment: digital capacity building and literacy, sms based system, e-learning, information management and database management system.

Sriram Guddireddigari


currently consults on community informatics projects within the education, agriculture, and training sectors. In parallel, he is also pursuing a Masters in Information Management Systems at Monash University, Australia, around how recently arrived Indian migrants in France use Internet-based technologies in their acculturation. Educationally, this follows a Masters in Electrical Engineering specialising in wireless and mobile communications from Columbia University, New York, a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from the University of Melbourne, Australia, and a Bachelors in Chemistry at Loyola College, Chennai, India.

Professionally, he has most recently been involved with Melbourne-based Infoxchange Australia, a technology for social justice not-for-profit. Before that, he has worked with Chennai-based Midas Communication Technologies, an Indian Institute of Technology Madras-led organisation, first in their business development division, and then as a product manager. He has also been involved in a volunteering capacity with Melbourne-based Engineers Without Borders Australia, assisting both with the coordination of their South Asian Information for development projects, while also spearheading the overall activities of a volunteerdriven community informatics program whose objective was to assist Melbourne-based African refugees with meeting their education and employment objectives. He has also assisted with the coordination of the larger community informatics conferences including the Making Links Conference 2008, and a smaller technology Barcamp in Paris, France. He has also enjoys public speaking, and has spoken at several conferences on his research or as a company representative, which includes his talk around their role of Internet-based technologies in sustainable development at the 2008 edition of the Melbourne-based Sustainable Living Festival.

Paul Plantinga

paul plantinga

Research Assistant and PhD Candidate in the Faculty of Information Technology, at the South African campus of Monash University, Australia. He commenced his PhD in October 2008 after four years in the telecommunications industry as a network engineer and solution architect. He completed his Bachelors, Honours and Masters degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. His primary interest is in the shaping of national ICT policy to better support socio-economic development in emerging economies. The focus of his PhD is on the role of provincial (subnational) ICT policy in different regions of South Africa. He also works in community media projects and related research within marginalised communities.

Sheelagh Walton

sheelagh walton

I am an Information Technology lecturer on the South African campus of Monash University. I have been a staff member since the campus' inception in 2010 and have had the privilege of watching the campus grow to its thriving status of today. I started working with the local community in 2008, offering Computer Literacy classes to the children every Saturday morning. My research became more formalised when I realised the urgent need to assess the impact that my ICT training programme had on the engagement of disadvantaged learners with education and technology, and the scope it had for community empowerment. My research focuses on finding out whether my ICT tutor-mentoring programme, undertaken by severely impoverished learners, impacts on their own lives, their scholastic abilities and on others in their community in terms of technological engagement and empowerment. My research hopes to discover whether the learners' interaction with their community has increased, in terms of technology and information-sharing, since the installation of the Digital Doorway (DD) in their midst, in January 2010.

My research seeks to investigate whether the children have become empowered during the Monash University Saturday Volunteer Programme (MUSVP) to the extent where they are more confident to assist others in their community to make better use of the new technology (DD). It also seeks to discover the ways in which the MUSVP intervention impacts on the community's understanding of technology, or the potential of technology. Also, what their understanding of ICTs is and whether there is a broader impact on how the community uses these. That is, whether there is an impact that has a far-reaching effect which go beyond the learners.