Interdisciplinary PhD Program in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies

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

The program comprises a mix of required and optional masterclasses, seminars, student presentations, study circles and skills workshops with a commitment of approximately 2 hours every 2-3 weeks during each academic semester.

Sessions are only open to students enrolled in the PhD Program.

Upcoming Events

Friday8 June 2018
2.00pm

Masterclass with Professor Nick Haslam, Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences

Friday29 June 2018
2.00pm

Masterclass with Gillian Triggs, Vice Chancellor's Fellow and former President of the Australian Human Rights Commission

Past Events

Friday18 May 2018
2.00pm

Skills Workshop: Writing and Responding to Journal Review with Professor Julie McLeod, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Capability)

Friday11 May 2018
2.00pm

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
3.30pm

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
2.00pm

Abstract writing and presentation skills workshop

Friday8 September 2017
2.00pm

Research translation and communication workshop

Friday11 August 2017
All Day

Introductory full day workshop and launch of the PhD Program

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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

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

Maria Hach
Intergenerational hauntings: memory, embodiment and affectivity of historical trauma among Cambodian-Australian women

Sha Hassani
TBC

Shane Harrison
Sexual exploitation and abuse of boys in conflict

Kyli Hedrick
Deciphering despair: a study of self-harm among the Australian asylum seeker population

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

Simon Kapitza
Comparing biophysical and socio-economic impacts of climate change on biodiversity

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

Hala Nasr
Sexual trauma and resettlement: Syrian refugee women and their stories of survival

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

Mikel Moss
Meisner focused drama therapeutic interventions in colonized other communities

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

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

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)

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

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

Peng Xue
Essays in empirical industrial organisation

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

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:

Dr Karen Block
keblock@unimelb.edu.au
socialequity.unimelb.edu.au

+61 3 8344 0862

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