Community Engagement

History at UNSW is internationally recognised as a leader in the field of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. As well as contributing to the finalisation of national Threshold Learning Outcomes for History, members of the discipline led a national Office of Learning and Teaching Priority Project on standards.

Some of ways our staff members have engaged externally include:

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Writer and Director of the award winning SBS documentary ‘Troubled Waters' - Dr Ruth Balint, has also recently contributed to ‘Inside Story’ (SBS); is on the General Council of the History Council of NSW, was an expert witness in the people smuggling trial 2011/179906 R v Muhammad Yamin Tong (2012); and has written for The Monthly and Crikey

Click Here to view her current project with the Red Cross Tracing Service.

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Associate Professor Nicholas Doumanis is a long-time and active member of Australians for the Return of the Parthenon Marbles. He is an advisor on the Troizen Archaeological Project and participates regularly in the Greek Festival of Sydney. His recent book, Before the Nation, was the focus of a ABC Radio (Encounter) programme on inter-communal relations.

Click Here to find out more about Nick Doumanis feature on ABC Radio programme Encounter.

LIEF_legal_history_brochure.jpg        Winner of the Crawford Medal (2012) the Littleton-Griswold Prize (2010), the NSW Premier’s Prize (2010); and the Thomas J. Wilson Prize (Harvard UP) - Dr Lisa Fordis also involved in a LIEF grant with Austlii, geared towards recovering and publishing pre-1950 history sources in Australia.

Click Here (PDF) to see the ARC LIEF grant brochure.

Australian Academy of Humanities.jpg       Professor John Gascoigne, and Emeritus Professors Martyn Lyons, Emeritus Professor Michael Pearson and Scientia Professor Ian Tyrrell are Fellows of the Australian Academy of the Humanities

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Associate Professor Grace Karskens is a NSW Government appointed trustee of the Historic Houses Trust, a trustee of the Dictionary of Sydney, and has strong links with the Rocks Discovery Museum and the Sydney Harbour YHA. She has a long list of book prizes to her name, including: Winner, Best Book 2009-2010 (non-North American), Urban History Association (US) for The Colony: A History of Early Sydney (2011); Winner, Prime Minister’s Literary Award – Non-Fiction, for The Colony: A History of Early Sydney; and the NSW Premier's Award (Community and Regional History) for The Rocks: Life in Early Sydney.

Click Here to read her recent involvement with the Muesum of Sydney.

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Dr Jan Lanicek lectures regularly at the Sydney Jewish Museum and at Jewish community functions.

Asia education foundation.jpg Associate Professor Kama Maclean has been a consultant on the teaching of Indian history and culture to state governments and the Asia Education Foundation. She has also made presentations and prepared briefings for several government departments and stakeholders on matters relating to India in the Asian Century.

Royal Historical Society.jpg Professor David Miller is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities, and of the Royal Historical Society (UK). In 2013 he was elected a Corresponding Member of the Académie Internationale d'Histoire des Sciences (Paris). He is a former member and Chair, of the National Committee for History and Philosophy of Science of theAustralian Academy of Science and has had a long involvement with the Australasian Association for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Science.


Günter Minnerup, Founder and long-time editor of the journal Debatte. Review of Contemporary German Affairs (now Debatte. Journal of Contemporary Central and Eastern Europe). Günter Minnerup, has appeared on ABC radio and TV programmes including Late Night Live and the 7.30 Report.  

Click Here to read more about Late Night Live feature

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Professor Anne O’Brien speaks regularly on religious history issues. She has featured on ABC Radio’s Hindsight programme, and has given public lectures at such places as the St James Institute, the Paddington Arms Hotel and the Eunice Public Library.

Cick Here and read more about Anne O'Brien on Hindsight.


Professor Nicolas Rasmussen brings his research on the history of clinical trials to bear as Chair of the ethics panel overseeing social sciences research at UNSW, and as a volunteer Ethics teacher in a local primary school.

History of Migration Logo         Professor Mina Roces is on the advisory panel for the Migration Heritage Centre Board at the Powerhouse Museum.

Instituto Cervantes Sydney.jpg                      Dr Peter Ross frequently participates in and speaks at Latin American community events, such as Barrio Latin and the Cervantes Institute.

Belgium Cegesoma.jpg Dr Peter Schrijvers has acted a historical advisor to the following: a major photographic exhibition "Belgians at War" for the Center for the Study of War and Contemporary Society in Brussels and the University of Ghent’s Institute of Public History; The Margraten Adoption Foundation at the American Military Cemetery and Memorial, Netherlands; the Province of Limburg (and Flemish Government) on historical tourism; Mosasaurus Films.