CIFAL Newcastle is hosted by the University of Newcastle (UON) in Australia serving as a hub for the Asia Pacific region, leveraging UON's disciplinary strengths in areas such as public health, equity, indigenous knowledge and sustainable development and urban resilience.

CIFAL Newcastle facilitates knowledge transfer and building partnerships by connecting our regional and global communities through education, training and research with a focus on the below areas of strength.

  • Equity, Indigenous Knowledge, and Transformative Education
  • Global Health and Well-being
  • Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • Climate Adaptation and Clean Futures
  • Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

CIFAL Newcastle aims to:

  • build capacity through transfer of knowledge and best practice
  • encourage and support collaboration through partnerships.
  • provide community engagement and networking opportunities
  • contribute to the development of local and national strategies and training to meet SDGs Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at a local level

CIFAL Newcastle Director

Prof. Jennifer Milam

Prof. Jennifer Milam

Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic Excellence) at the University of Newcastle

Professor Milam, hailing from the United States, obtained her BA in Art History and Economics from Barnard College, a part of Columbia University. Seeking a deeper understanding of art's cultural significance, she pursued her Master of Arts and PhD in Art History from Princeton University. During her academic journey, she gained valuable experience working in curatorial and conservation departments at renowned institutions like The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and The J. Paul Getty Museum in California.

After moving to Australia in 1996, Professor Milam has significantly contributed to research and higher education. Holding esteemed positions at various universities, including Head of School at the University of Melbourne and Pro Dean of Research and Associate Dean of Postgraduate Coursework at the University of Sydney, she has made a mark in the academic sphere. Additionally, Professor Milam's involvement in various academic and industry-related initiatives, such as the Australian Academy of the Humanities and the think tank A New Approach, underscores her dedication to advancing the arts and culture in Australia. Through her extensive networks and collaborative efforts, particularly in the field of eighteenth-century art and Enlightenment thought, she has showcased her commitment to academic and industry collaboration on a global scale. Her research and publications, including books and articles in renowned journals, reflect her expertise and passion for the arts, garden history, and eighteenth-century studies. Holding fellowships and grants from prestigious institutions and foundations, she has made significant contributions to advancing knowledge and fostering academic excellence. In her current role, Professor Milam is poised to lead a high-performance team, leveraging her extensive experience in developing national and international collaborations to drive academic excellence at all levels within the University.

Contact information




Address: University of Newcastle, 
Callaghan, University Drive, NSW 2308


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