Professor Denise Meredyth is a Chief Investigator and Project Leader in the CCI and a Deputy PVC, Research and Innovation at RMIT University. Her background is in education, social policy and cultural sociology. Denise is currently involved in various team-based projects which explore the relationship between opportunity, information, cultural institutions and civic capacity, working closely with colleagues including Julian Thomas and David Mackenzie. ‘Youthworx’, with SYN-FM and the Salvation Army, investigates the impact of involvement in a youth-run community radio station. ‘The Searchers’, with the State Library of Victoria, explores the effect of information technologies on the civic role of public libraries. ‘Community Consultation and the Hard to Reach’, with seven Victorian municipalities, explores the limits of participatory democracy, the role of interest groups and associational networks and the need for more effective ways for citizens and governments to communicate.