Professor James Arvanitakis is the Pro Vice Chancellor (Research and Graduate Studies) at Western Sydney University (WSU). A lecturer in the Humanities and a member of the University’s Institute for Cultural and Society, he founded The Academy at Western that received an Australian Financial Review higher education excellence award (2016) and the Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue Engagement Award (2017).
James is internationally recognised for his innovative teaching style and was the recipient of the Prime Minister’s University Teacher of the Year Award in 2012 and an Eminent Researcher Award from the Australia India Education Council in 2015.
A regular media commentator, he has over 100 publications, and his research includes future of universities and citizenship. He works closely with artists to document their work and writes how artists have become the social conscious of the contemporary world.
He is the Chair: Diversity Arts Australia, a Board member: Public Education Foundation, Academic Fellow: Australia India Institute, Associate Vice Chair: Global Listening Centrea Fellow: Centre for Policy Development and on the Advisory Board Member: Herbert and Valmae Freilich Foundation that confronts racism and bigotry.