Interdisciplinary PhD Program in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies

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. Expressions of interest to join the program should be submitted by 5pm on Thursday 7 March 2019.

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

Upcoming Events

Monday25 March 2019

Ethics Workshop

Wednesday29 May 2019

International Fieldwork Workshop

Past Events

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.

Photograph of approx 20 people outside smiling at the camera. In the background are buildings on the University campus.
Students from the PhD program at their first meeting in August 2017.

Current Students

Adrienne Anderson
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

Estelle Boyle
Mobilising belonging: the role of networked communication in facilitating social inclusion of resettled refugees

Deirdre Brennan
Campaigning for citizenship in Nepal (2006 – 2018): assessing how activism impacts upon law reform and the public perception of the stateless

Louisa Bufardeci
There's beige in brown: towards an aesthetic language to challenge white superiority

Renee Davidson
The evolution of Jordan's domestic refugee policies

Lukas Davis
Dealing with terror and insecurity in the contemporary city: assessing and operationalising adaptive-based urban resilience for urban security threats and challenges

Caitlin Douglass
Young people of refugee backgrounds in Victoria

Shane Harrison
Sexual exploitation and abuse of boys in conflict

Asher Hirsch
The right to seek asylum in an age of extra-territorialisation: the legality of Australia’s deterrence and disruption activities beyond its borders

Rose Iser
Realising the academic and social potential of second-generation children of African refugees in the classroom

Rasika Jayasuriya
Protecting the right to family unity: the impact of low-waged labour migration on children left behind

Evan Jureidini
Trauma and the altered self

Ebony King
The role of services in facilitating the resilience of unaccompanied asylum-seeking minors

Hala Nasr
Safe spaces as a response to gender-based violence in refugee settings: possibilities and limitations

Renee Miller-Yeaman
Home, hospitality and confinement: the Villawood Migrant Hostel

Tafireyi Marukutira
Beyond the UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets: gaps and opportunities for HIV epidemic control- focus on HIV and migration

Anh Nguyen
Towards a new historical and psychological perspective of acculturation and success: oral history of Vietnamese Australian child refugees as adults

Shannon Owen
Projecting futures through documentary film

Kelly Soderstrom
The ‘I’ in Team: an analysis of the implementation gap in EU refugee policy. A case study of solidarity

Sarah Strauven
Exploring collective narrative work with traumatised refugees

Claire Sullivan
Syrian refugees adoptions, adaptions and rejections of legal responses to experiences of family violence and SGBV

Tamara Tubakovic
Responsibility sharing on refugees: an analysis of policy change to the Dublin system

John van Kooy
Surplus to requirements? Local inclusion of humanitarian migrants in Australia

Dana Young
"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.

Brandais York
The legal rights and protections of Cambodian women within international marriage migration to China

Completed Students

Sanaz Nasirpour
Diasporic relations and women’s leadership: the question of women’s rights in Iran
Completed in 2018 

Louise Olliff
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:

Dr Karen Block

+61 3 8344 0862

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