Migrant Security and Social Inclusion
The project investigates immigrant populations’ diverse experiences of security, and the Australian community’s capacity to welcome new members. Team members include both scholarly practitioners and researchers, who have expertise across the areas of political, historical, and cultural studies as well as communication and the creative arts. The project team specialises in applied research that creates innovative cross-disciplinary solutions to the human aspects of migration.
The research team is currently involved in studies that investigate migrants’ media usage, refugee youth, refugee participation in regional employment programs, transnational political identification by former refugees, and historical investigations of immigrant communities' development. All these projects speak to the creation of diverse and sustainable communities, with an emphasis on migrants’ experience of security and community.
Dr. Robert Mason holds qualifications in History and International Relations from the University of Oxford and the University of Queensland. He has a particular research interest in democratic transition amongst Australian immigrants, and in the local implications of transnational migrant identities. Robert has recently secured external funding from sources that include the Menzies Centre (King's College, University of London), the Institute for Social Research (Swinburne University of Technology), and the United States Studies Centre (University of Sydney). He is the co-editor of two collections in contemporary migration, and is the author of over a dozen refereed articles and chapters on historical and contemporary migration in Australia.
Key team members include Dr Malcolm Brown, Dr Catherine Dewhirst, Mr Richard Gehrmann, Dr Anna Hayes, Ms Dianne Jones, Ms Leonie Jones, Dr Robert Mason and Dr Geoffrey Parkes.
Full details of conferences (past and future)
‘Migrant Security: Citizenship and Social Inclusion in a Transnational Era’, 2010, National Symposium hosted by the PMRC, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, Australia.
‘150 Years of Italians in Queensland’, 2009, National Conference co-hosted by the University of Southern Queensland, University of the Sunshine Coast, Griffith University and the Dante Alighieri Society, Brisbane, Australia.
Monographs and Edited Collections
Niklaus Steiner, Robert Mason and Anna Hayes, Migration and Insecurity: Citizenship and Social Inclusion in a Transnational Era. London: Routledge, forthcoming 2012.
Devleena Ghosh, Anna Hayes and Robert Mason, Cultures in Refuge: Seeking Sanctuary in Modern Australia. Aldershot: Ashgate, forthcoming 2012.
Catherine Dewhirst, Claire Kennedy and Francesco Ricatti, 150 Years of Italians in Queensland, Special Issue, Spunti e Ricerche, vol. 25, 2010.
Robert Miles and Malcolm Brown, Racism, 2nd Ed. London: Routledge, 2003.