Ian McShane is a Senior Research Fellow at RMIT University's Centre for Urban Research. His research focuses on informal and formal education systems (especially museums, libraries and schools), local infrastructure and community services, and digital technologies.
Ian researches in the areas of urban policy, local governance and local community infrastructure, cultural policy and cultural heritage institutions, and education policy and practice.
Current research projects
Ian's research is looking at shared use community infrastructure and service co-ordination, the development of publicly accessible wireless networks in Australia and internationally, and the representational politics of cultural diversity in Australian museums. Ian has had a long involvement with the Australian museum sector, working as a senior curator at the National Museum of Australia and consulting to other levels of government on museums and culture. In 2013 Ian was appointed to UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network external evaluation panel.
Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Office for the Arts, Registered Expert Examiner, Protection of Movable Cultural Heritage Act 1986.
Current funded projects
'Opportunity Spaces – Community Engagement in the Planning, Use and Governance of Shared School Facilities' (with Prof Denise Meredyth, RMIT University and Assoc Prof Jerry Watkins, University of Western Sydney) ARC Linkage Project LP110200550 in association with the Victorian Dept of Education and Early Childhood Development
'Collecting Institutions, Cultural Diversity and the Making of Australian Citizenship in Australia since the 1970s' (with Assoc Prof Andrea Witcomb, Deakin University and Assoc Prof Kylie Message, Australian National University) ARC Discovery Project DP120100594
'Municipal Broadband' (with Professor Denise Meredyth, RMIT University), funding support from ARC Key Centre for Creative Industries and Innovation
- Association for Internet Researchers
- Australian Association for Research in Education
- Australian Historical Association
- International Communications Association
- Museums Australia
- PhD (Swinburne)
- MEd (Canberra)
- BA(Hons) (Tasmania)
- McShane, I.,Wilson, C. (2017). (In Press) Beyond the school fence: Rethinking urban schools In: Urban Policy and Research, , 1 - 14
- McShane, I. (2016). Urban social innovation - mobilising sustainability citizenship In: Sustainability Citizenship in Cities: Theory and Practice, Routledge, Oxon, United Kingdom
- McShane, I. (2016). Productive nation? Museums, cultural policy and Australia's productivity narrative In: Museum and Society, 14, 131 - 145
- Sharam, A.,McShane, I.,Bryant, L.,De Silva, A. (2016). The barriers to re-purposing not-for-profit real property assets In: Property Management, 34, 247 - 261
- McShane, I. (2016). 'Educare' in Australia: analysing policy mobility and transformation In: Educational Research, 58, 179 - 194
- Sharam, A.,McShane, I.,Bryant, L.,De Silva, A. (2016). Are not-for-profit organisations a source of land for affordable housing? An Exploratory Study In: Proceedings of the 22nd Annual Pacific-Rim Real Estate Society Conference 2016, Sunshine Coast, Australia, 17-20 January 2016
- McShane, I.,Cook, K.,Sinclair, S.,Keam, G.,Fry, J. (2016). Relationships matter: The social and economic benefits of community playgroups In: Playgroup Australia Melbourne, Australia
- Grechyn, V.,McShane, I. (2016). What influences international differences in broadband prices? In: Australian Journal of Telecommunications and the Digital Economy, 4, 1 - 12
- McShane, I.,Gregory, M.,Wilson, C. (2016). Practicing Safe Public Wi-Fi: Assessing and Managing Data-Security Risks In: AUDA Foundation Melbourne, Australia
- McShane, I. (2016). The resistible rise of the Ultranet In: Australian Association for Research in Education Conference 2016, Melbourne, Australia, 27 November - 1 December 2016
- Australia-Korea collaborative forums for Smart Green cities. Funded by: Australia Korea Foundation 2016 from (2016 to 2017)
- Linked Data PolicyHub Stage II: Urban & Regional Planning & Communications (Administered by Swinburne University of Technology). Funded by: ARC LIEF via other University from (2016 to 2017)
- Public Wi-Fi as Urban Infrastructure - the Australian Case. Funded by: ARC Discovery Projects 2015 from (2015 to 2017)
- Practicing safe public Wi-Fi: assessing and managing data security and legal risks. Funded by: auDA Foundation Grants 2014 from (2015 to 2015)
- The Southern Grampians Cooperative Creative Learning and Employment Business Incubator (CLaBI). Funded by: Department of Education and Early Childhood Development Contract from (2013 to 2015)
1 PhD Current Supervisions