Dharma Arunachalam – HDR Supervisor, Population, Migration and Social Inclusion
Name: Dharma Arunachalam
Program: Sociology; Population, Migration and Social Inclusion
I have supervised Masters and PhD students for over 20 years. My students have come from diverse cultural and national backgrounds covering almost every major world region. The foci of their theses have been on two broad areas of immigration and social cohesion as well as social demography including family formation and maternal and child health.
What might prospective students expect from their supervisors?
I treat my students as young scholars, value their knowledge and perspectives and try to work with them to get the best out of them. I consider myself as an enabler, facilitator, colleague and mentor. I make myself available to my students to see me anytime they wish in addition to regular and structured meetings.
What have been your highlights as a supervisor?
I am pleased to have supervised students who went on to excel as top scholars in academia, as researchers or managers in private and public sectors and as senior government employees or country representatives in international organisations. Many of my past students are still in contact with me and seek my advice on key issues in their careers.