There is currently a record number of people who have been forcibly displaced: 1 in every 95 people in the world have had to flee in search of safety for themselves and their families. There are many reasons why people may be forced to leave their homes, including conflict, discrimination, persecution, extreme poverty, and environmental disasters. Forced migrants often face many risks as they move in search of safety or better opportunities, including violence, food insecurity, and limited or no access to health services or education.
Forced migration is a complex issue which we believe can be best understood by taking an interdisciplinary approach. This is why the Forced Migration Research Network is made up of scholars based predominantly in the Faculty of Arts, Design and Architecture at UNSW who work across the social sciences, including history, philosophy, media and film studies, cultural studies, education, and social psychology. We partner with civil society organisations, service providers, government bodies and international actors to undertake our research, policy, training, and advocacy activities.
Our objectives include:
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The FMRSN is a network of higher degree research students (HDR) undertaking research in forced migration at UNSW. The network provides HDR-led peer support by creating a forum for HDRs working across various research disciplines to build connections, share resources and expertise, and create opportunities for collaborations and academic partnerships. Established in 2020, the FMRSN aims to foster outstanding and original PhD research and provide postgraduate students associated with the UNSW Forced Migration Research Network to have a forum to engage with each other. The FMRSN is open for all UNSW postgraduate students involved in forced migration research across various research disciplines. FMRSN offers a platform for research exchange, networking opportunities, explore scholarly perspectives, and to connect with other HDRs.
Project title: Institutional listening to minority voices: representation, recognition, and refugee media
Supervisors: Associate Professor Tanja Dreher, Professor Ramaswami Harindranath, and Dr Linda Bartolomei
Title of PhD thesis: Refugee Protection and Statelessness: The lived experience of the Rohingya Community in Australia
Supervisors: Prof Claudia Tazreiter, Dr Susanne Schmeidl
Title of PhD thesis: The Relationship between Volunteers and the Refugee Settlement Sector in Australia
Supervisors: Dr Linda Bartolomei and Dr Susanne Schmeidl
Felipe Balotin Pinto
Title of PhD thesis: Oracy in Higher Education: Discourses and Experiences in an Australian Institution
Supervisors: Dr Sally Baker, Professor Sue Starfield, and Associate Professor Andy Gao
Title of PhD thesis: Nauru: The impact of immigration detention on the education of refugee children
Supervisors: Dr Hazel Blunden, Associate Professor Caroline Lenette, and Dr Sarah Mares
Title of PhD thesis: Exploring the impact on wellbeing of beginners acting classes for young women with refugee backgrounds in Western Sydney
Supervisors: Dr Caroline Wake, Associate Professor Caroline Lenette
Title of PhD thesis: Refugee Access to Higher Education: An information Perspective
Supervisors: Dr Sally Baker and Associate Professor Caroline Lenette
Title of PhD thesis: Translating Minor Melancholia: Weird English and Hybrid Languages in the Fiction of Brian Castro
Supervisors: Professor Elizabeth McMahon, Professor Brigitta Olubas, and Associate Professor Fiona Morrison
Mohammad Mehdi Hassan
Title of PhD thesis: Addressing the structural barriers to employment of refugees in construction
Supervisors: Dr Ahmed WA Hammad, Dr Cynthia Wang, Professor Martin Loosemore, Dr Daniel Chamberlain, and Professor Robyn Keast
Title of PhD thesis: Gendering the criteria for voluntary repatriation of refugees and internally displaced persons
Supervisors: Professor Jane McAdam and Associate Professor Christine Forster