Associate Professor Natasha Cica - Director
Associate Professor Natasha Cica is currently Director of the Inglis Clark Centre for Civil Society at the University of Tasmania, which advances the university's thought leadership and community engagement agenda.
Recently Natasha was recognised as one of Australia's 100 Women of Influence in a prestigious national competition run by the Australian Financial Review and Westpac, in the category of innovation. The 100 Women of Influence awards are dedicated to identifying and celebrating the women who are changing Australia. Each of the 100 finalists demonstrated collaboration within and beyond her field and a wider circle of influence than through her direct role.
With Professor Julianne Schultz AM, Natasha co-edited the bestselling GriffithREVIEW39: Tasmania - The Tipping Point? (Text. 2013) earlier this year, which has generated over $3 million worth of publicity and featured events across Australia. Natasha's award-winning first book Pedder Dreaming: Olegas Truchanas and A Lost Tasmanian Wilderness was published by the University of Queensland Press in 2011, and officially launched at the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra by the Governor-General of Australia. She has provided analysis and comment for a wide range of publications and broadcasters.
In 2012, Natasha was also the recipient of an inaugural Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship, awarded by the Sidney Myer Foundation in Melbourne. Just twelve winners were selected for these fellowships from across Australia, with regard to two criteria – outstanding talent and exceptional courage. This fellowship has supported her initiatives through 2012/13 in London, Budapest, Belgrade and Helsinki – including leadership training, civil society and cultural projects, in collaboration with local partners. In 2013 Natasha was a Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Belgrade and a Visiting Academic at the Alvar Aalto Academy.
Born and raised in Tasmania, Natasha holds degrees in law and arts from the Australian National University in Canberra, King's College London and the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. She was a National Undergraduate Scholar at ANU between 1986 and 1990, where she was awarded the Blackburn Medal for Research in Law, and the Tillyard Prize for an honours student 'whose personal qualities and contribution to university life have been outstanding'. After graduating from ANU, Natasha was awarded a Lionel Murphy Overseas Postgraduate Scholarship by the Lionel Murphy Foundation, the Sir Eric Scowen Prize by King's College London, and a W M Tapp Studentship in Law by Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge.
Natasha has worked in private legal practice and at university-based think tanks in Europe and Australia. She was also a research specialist in the Department of the Parliamentary Library in Canberra, including secondments to the staff of Federal parliamentarians Petro Georgiou MP (Liberal; through the mandatory sentencing debate of 2000) and Duncan Kerr MP (Labor's Shadow Minister for Justice; through the 9/11 and Tampa asylum seeker crises of 2001). In Sydney in 2004, Natasha founded the management and communications consultancy Periwinkle Projects, and established online venture newmatilda.com as its founding editor.
Natasha has served as a member of the Topic Advisory Panel on Governance Progress for Measures of Australia's Progress, Australian Bureau of Statistics; as a member of the management committee of Hobart homeless men's shelter Bethlehem House; and as a consultant to Tasmania's Integrity Commission, to local government on a range of educational and cultural initiatives, and to the Legislative Amendment Review Reference Committee established by the Tasmanian government in response to Sharing Responsibility for Our Children, Young People and their Families. She was a member of the steering committee for Arts Tasmania's Design Island Program and the lay juror for the Australian Institute of Architects (Tasmanian Chapter) 2012 Architecture Awards; is an adviser to the Alcorso Foundation (which advances social justice, environmental responsibility and culture, including fostering exchange between Italy and Australia); and provided strategic advice regarding the establishment and branding of international multi-disciplinary design practice Liminal Studio, whose architectural arm is now principal consultant to the Academy for the Creative Industries and Performing Arts in Tasmania, with Singapore-based WOHA and Arup. In 2013 Natasha facilitated the Shackleton Epic Leadership Round Table in the Sydney Opera House, presented by Momentum2 and Intrepid Travel with Arup and St George Bank, under the patronage of the Governor of NSW, Her Excellency Professor Marie R Bashir AC, CVO. Natasha recently was appointed by the Premier of Tasmania and Minister for the Arts to the Advisory Committee to support the development of a Tasmanian cultural policy.
Ms Sally Laing - Assistant to the DirectorSally has previously worked in legal secretarial positions and also as a personal assistant with the Hydro, Aurora Energy, and the Reserve Bank. Sally commenced working at UTAS in 2005 in the office of the School of Philosophy, until her transfer to her current position with the Inglis Clark Centre in February 2012.
Authorised by the Provost
1 November, 2013