Forced displacement is a major contemporary global challenge demanding responses based on enhanced understanding of its complex and multifaceted causes and consequences. This interdisciplinary program brings together doctoral candidates from across the University focused on issues related to refugees and forced migration.
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. Ethics and research methods are key components of the program, as are 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.
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
- 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
Tackling the exploitation of migrant workers in the Australian agriculture sector
Mobilising belonging: the role of networked communication in facilitating social inclusion of resettled refugees
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
The evolution of Jordan's domestic refugee policies
Dealing with terror and insecurity in the contemporary city: assessing and operationalising adaptive-based urban resilience for urban security threats and challenges
Young people of refugee backgrounds in Victoria
Sexual exploitation and abuse of boys in conflict
The right to seek asylum in an age of extra-territorialisation: the legality of Australia’s deterrence and disruption activities beyond its borders
Realising the academic and social potential of second-generation children of African refugees in the classroom
Protecting the right to family unity: the impact of low-waged labour migration on children left behind
Trauma and the altered self
Comparing biophysical and socio-economic impacts of climate change on biodiversity
The role of services in facilitating the resilience of unaccompanied asylum-seeking minors
Safe spaces as a response to gender-based violence in refugee settings: possibilities and limitations
Home, hospitality and confinement: the Villawood Migrant Hostel
Beyond the UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets: gaps and opportunities for HIV epidemic control- focus on HIV and migration
Meisner focused drama therapeutic interventions in colonized other communities
Diasporic relations and women’s leadership: the question of women’s rights in Iran
Towards a new historical and psychological perspective of acculturation and success: oral history of Vietnamese Australian child refugees as adults
Projecting futures through documentary film
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)
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
John van Kooy
Surplus to requirements? Local inclusion of humanitarian migrants in Australia
"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
Dr Louise Olliff
Refugee diaspora organisations in the international refugee regime: motivations, modalities and implications of diaspora humanitarianism
Completed in 2017
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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