About the Centre

About the Monash Migration and Inclusion Centre

The Monash Migration and Inclusion Centre (MMIC) is an interdisciplinary research unit established in the Faculty of Arts in 2018, leveraging the University’s strong investment and track record in migration and social inclusion research. The Centre brings together expertise from across Monash to generate practical solutions, inform policy and engage with industry and community groups on migration, inclusion, settlement and irregular migration issues.

MMIC has been established to enhance the University’s excellence in scholarly and applied research that tackles the impacts of global migration flows, particularly in Australia, including social, cultural, spatial, economic and political domains. The Centre takes a focussed, evidence-based and interdisciplinary approach to understand how migration—both regular and irregular—shapes social, economic and community relationships in Australia and abroad. Through a coordinated approach to knowledge development and dissemination, MMIC will pursue a research agenda that will result in evidence that can offer practical solutions for policymakers, service providers and communities.

The Monash Migration and Inclusion Centre has five key research portfolios:

  1. Community resilience and cohesion: focusing on local settlement contexts and the short and long-term consequences of increased immigration. This portfolio addresses socioeconomic, spatial, and temporal changes in receiving communities. The portfolio lead is A/Prof Rebecca Wickes.
  2. Policing, borders and inclusion: addresses areas of border crossing, irregular migration and border control. This portfolio considers formal and informal border policies and practices and the consequences of those practices. The portfolio lead is A/Prof Leanne Weber .
  3. Population Movement, Development, and the Environment: considers the complex interaction of population movements, socio-economic development processes, and environmental change processes across the Asia Pacific region and beyond. The portfolio lead is A/Prof Dharma Arunachalum and A/Prof Alan Gamlen
  4. Identity and belonging: focuses on themes of migrant diasporas, identities, forms of belonging, inclusion/exclusion, cultural diversity and transnationalism, as well as the responses of new and receiving communities. The portfolio lead is Dr Helen Forbes-Mewett .
  5. Monitoring slavery and exploitation: leads regional efforts to monitor the recognition and response to all forms of migrant labour exploitation, with a focus on low and unskilled labourers who have the least protections and access to support mechanisms. The portfolio lead is A/Prof Marie Segrave.
  6. Language, citizenship and inclusion: focuses on the centrality of language and culture in migrants’ lives; it investigates the role that intercultural competence, multilingualism, migrants’ living heritage, and creative practices can play in fostering more inclusive forms of citizenship. The portfolio lead is Dr Francesco Ricatti.

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Postgraduate Network

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