This program program brings together doctoral candidates from across the University of Melbourne to focus on issues related to asylum-seeking, forced migration and statelessness.
The Melbourne Social Equity Institute's Interdisciplinary PhD Program is open to graduate researchers in any faculty undertaking a PhD related to migration, refugee studies or statelessness.
Students are supported to build networks across the University and with relevant external organisations and to develop their research in reference to current real-world challenges. Masterclasses, workshops and seminars will include a focus on ethics, research methods and approaches for communicating research to diverse audiences across and beyond the academy.
The program enriches the PhD experience by creating a strong cohort and intellectual community that assists students in developing their post-doctoral pathways.
Eligible students must have commenced a PhD and have at least one supervisor based at the University of Melbourne.
The program is giving me the opportunity to expand my understanding of the field beyond my own research interest and to reflect more deeply on significant research issues. I particularly appreciate getting to know PhD students from other disciplines, learning more about their work and experiencing the interconnectedness of our research topics. This program opens up possibilities for future collaborations and significant ongoing conversations, which I believe is very exciting and sustaining. Sarah Strauven, University of Melbourne Phd Candidate
As a supervisor it's been a joy knowing that a PhD candidate I am supervising is able to be part of this Interdisciplinary PhD Program in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies. It's also made it possible for us to create an interdisciplinary supervisory team. Three cheers for interdisciplinary team work! Dr David Denborough, University of Melbourne PhD Supervisor
- Wednesday21 August
Masterclass with Dr Ibi Losoncz (ANU) on Unforced Migration
- Friday20 September
Activism and Academia Workshop
- Thursday17 October
Masterclass with Carolina Gottardo (Jesuit Refugee Service) on Global Compacts and Regional Refugee Processes
- Tuesday19 November
- All Day
Migration, Refugees and Statlessness Interdisciplinary Conference
- Wednesday29 May 2019
International Fieldwork Workshop
- Monday25 March 2019
- Thursday14 March 2019
Welcome Event 2019
- Thursday21 February 2019
Workshop on Responsibility for Refugee and Migrant Integration
- Friday7 December 2018
Masterclass with Associate Professor Val Colic-Peiske, Migration and Mobility Research Network, RMIT
- Thursday15 November 2018
- All Day
Researchers for Asylum Seekers Interdisciplinary Conference
- Friday6 October 2018
Share Your Research Session
- Thursday16 August 2018
Study Circle led by Shannon Owen: The Research Encounter
- Friday10 August 2018
Masterclass with Associate Professor Eva Alisic (Melbourne School of Population and Global Health) on children and trauma
- Friday13 July 2018
Study Circle led by Anh Nguyen: Refugee Mobility, Framework and Purpose
- Friday29 June 2018
Masterclass with Gillian Triggs, Vice Chancellor's Fellow and former President of the Australian Human Rights Commission
- Friday8 June 2018
Masterclass with Professor Nick Haslam, Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences
- Friday18 May 2018
Skills Workshop: Writing and Responding to Journal Review with Professor Julie McLeod, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Capability)
- Friday11 May 2018
Masterclass with Erika Feller, Vice Chancellor's Fellow and former Assistant High Commissioner (Protection) at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
- Friday23 March 2018
Welcome Social Event at the Melbourne Social Equity Institute
- Tuesday & Wednesday13 – 14 February 2018
- All Day
Refugee Alternatives Conference
- Thursday16 November 2017
- All Day
RAS Postgraduate Conference
- Friday13 October 2017
Abstract writing and presentation skills workshop
- Friday8 September 2017
Research translation and communication workshop
- Friday11 August 2017
- All Day
Introductory full day workshop and launch of the PhD Program
Students enrolled in the PhD program come from schools and faculties from across the University of Melbourne including Law, Education, Architecture, Fine Arts and Population Health.
Every woman is an island: bridging the gap between ‘mainland’ refugee claims and women’s domestic abuse cases
Sayomi Ariyawansa Tackling the exploitation of migrant workers in the Australian agriculture sector
Campaigning for citizenship in Nepal (2006 – 2018): assessing how activism impacts upon law reform and the public perception of the stateless
There's beige in brown: towards an aesthetic language to challenge white superiority
Out-of-placeness: mediating intercultural encounter through urban design
The right to be counted for people with disabilities who are refugees and/or from backgrounds
Dealing with terror and insecurity in the contemporary city: assessing and operationalising adaptive-based urban resilience for urban security threats and challenges
Exploring alcohol and other drug use among migrant communities in Victoria
Humanitarian responses to the protection needs of adolescent boys in emergencies: A case study of the Rohingya crisis response
Understanding Second-Generation African Australian (SGAA) students from refugee backgrounds in the classroom
Trauma and the altered self
Migrant and refugee mothers: putting cultural safety into Australian maternity care
The displacement-statelessness nexus: Syrians in limbo
Safe spaces as a response to gender-based violence in refugee settings: possibilities and limitations
Disability in the Australian CALD population
Projecting futures through documentary film
Beyond the state: an individual rights approach to recognising and protecting the rights of stateless people
Identifying, improving and creating psychosocial resilience factors among refugee children survivors of sexual and gender-based violence
The ‘I’ in Team: an analysis of the implementation gap in EU refugee policy. A case study of solidarity
Exploring collective narrative work with traumatised refugees
Syrian refugees adoptions, adaptions and rejections of legal responses to experiences of family violence and SGBV
Responsibility sharing on refugees: an analysis of policy change to the Dublin system
Francisca Korantemaa Vaughan
Who is a Liberian anyway? The claim for formalised identity by diasporic Liberians
Where to now, if anywhere? The role of international NGOs and grassroots civil society actors in advocating on behalf of asylum seekers and refugees in Indonesia
"Peering into the black box": Understanding the contextual factors that generate social capital and promote health and wellbeing for refugee and migrant young people through sports participation.
The legal rights and protections of Cambodian women within international marriage migration to China
Protecting the right to family unity: the impact of low-waged labour migration on children left behind
Completed in 2019
The role of services in facilitating the resilience of unaccompanied asylum-seeking minors
Completed in 2019
Diasporic relations and women’s leadership: the question of women’s rights in Iran
Completed in 2018
Towards a new historical and psychological perspective of acculturation and success: an oral history of Vietnamese Australian child refugees as adults
Completed in 2019
Refugee diaspora organisations in the international refugee regime: motivations, modalities and implications of diaspora humanitarianism
Completed in 2017
Elham M Shoorcheh
Examination of key clinical, biological, psychological and social factors associated with post-pubertal anxiety in young people diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Completed in 2018
The Program is offered by the Melbourne Social Equity Institute and students remain enrolled in their current departments. Eligible students must have at least one supervisor based at the University of Melbourne and be undertaking doctoral research on a relevant topic.
Timely completion of a PhD thesis remains the priority, with the Program intended to enhance the experience of advanced research training and aid post PhD pathways.
Applications to join the program are called for twice per year, usually in January and July. To discuss joining the program outside of these times, please get in touch.
Students can join the program at any time during their candidature and remain part of the program until the completion of their doctoral studies.
If you are not a current student at the University of Melbourne and would like information about how to apply to become a PhD candidate at the University, please visit the Future Students website.
If you have any questions about the PhD Program or the application process please contact:
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