Research Centre for Refugees, Migration, and Humanitarian Studies

This centre explores the historical and contemporary displacement of refugees across the world as well as government policy on refugees and humanitarian agencies.

Our research

Led by Professor Joy Damousi, this centre brings together researchers with expertise in forced and unforced migration across time and place in the modern world. Research focus includes expanding understandings of government policy on refugees and humanitarian agencies, the role of non-state actors including missionaries and churches, child refugees, and modern slavery.

Our people

Professor Joy Damousi

Joy Damousi - Centre Director

Professor Joy Damousi leads the Centre for Refugees, Migration, and Humanitarian Studies and is Director of the Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences. She is the author of numerous books, including The Labour of Loss: Mourning, Memory and Wartime Bereavement in Australia (Cambridge, 1999); Living with the Aftermath: Trauma, Nostalgia and Grief in Post-war Australia (Cambridge, 2001); Freud in the Antipodes: A Cultural History of Psychoanalysis in Australia (UNSW Press, 2005; winner of the Ernest Scott Prize) and Colonial Voices: A Cultural History of English in Australia 1840-1940 (Cambridge 2010). Her current research includes war, trauma and post-war Greek migration to Australia; sound and the two world wars; and child refugees and war. 

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Professor Shiela Fitzpatrick

Shiela Fitzpatrick

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Dr Anh Nguyen

Anh Nguyen Austen

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Dr Ebony Nilsson

Dr Ebony Nilsson

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Dr Rachel Stevens

Rachel Stevens

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Dr Mary Tomsic

Mary Tomsic

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The Research Centre for Refugees, Migration, and Humanitarian Studies invites applications from potential doctoral students in relevant areas.

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Level 4, 250 Victoria Parade
East Melbourne, Victoria 3002

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Locked Bag 4115 MDC,
Fitzroy, Victoria 3065

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