Dr Val Colic-Peisker is an Associate Professor (sociology) in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies.
Before becoming a full-time academic, Val worked as a radio-producer at the Croatian National Radio in Zagreb, a journalist and translator in the Croatian Press Agency (HINA) and as a freelance author. She has published extensively, in academic and mainstream media. Before joining RMIT University, she had worked at Monash and Murdoch Universities and University of Western Australia.
Val’s research is interdisciplinary, theoretically as well as policy-oriented, spanning sociology, political science, social psychology and economics, and uses qualitative as well as quantitative research methods. Val’s central research interests are in the areas of migration, mobility, globalisation, cosmopolitnism and Australian immigration and settlement policies. Her research has focused on notions of ethnicity/race, identity, community and class. Val ’s recent publications cover topics such as labour and residential integration of immigrants in Australia, especially those from NESB; development of Australian multiculturalism; and homeownership in Australia.
‘Faling Behind: The growing gap between rent and rent assistance 1995–2009’, for Tenants Union of Victoria, March 2010, $3,100 (with Dr Rachel Ong and Mr Clinton McMurray, Curtin University)
Tenants Union of Victoria (consultancy) ‘Commonwealth Rent Assistance in the context of Rising Housing costs Since 1995’ (with Rachel Ong and Gavin Wood, 2008)
- Citibank (consultancy) ‘Global Mobility Survey’ (2008)
International migration and mobility
Socio-cultural aspects of housing and residential mobility
Australian immigration and settlement policies
Labour market integration of immigrants
Val actively promotes cross-disciplinary, inter-university and international research collaborations. She regularly presents her research at national and international conferences and public seminars. In 2006, she was a convenor of the Australian Sociological Association Annual Conference in Perth (TASA 2006). Val regularly serves as a referee for academic journals, research funding bodies, and higher degree theses. In 2009, Val has convened the inter-university Migration and Mobility Research Network (MMRN) based at RMIT.
PhD, Sociology (Murdoch University, Western Australia, 2001)
MPhil, Women’s Studies (University of Western Australia)
MA in Political Science (University of Zagreb)
DipEd (University of Rijeka, Croatia)
BA (Hons) in Political Science (University of Zagreb)
- Colic-Peisker, V.,Ong, R.,Wood, G. (2015). Asset poverty, precarious housing and ontological security in older age: an Australian case study In: International Journal of Housing Policy, 15, 167 - 186
- Ong, R.,Wood, G.,Colic-Peisker, V. (2015). (In Press) Housing older Australians: Loss of homeownership and pathways into housing assistance In: Urban Studies, , 1 - 22
- Robertson, S.,Colic-Peisker, V. (2015). Policy Narratives versus Everyday Geographies: Perceptions of Changing Local Space in Melbourne's Diverse North In: City and Community, 14, 68 - 86
- Colic-Peisker, V. (2015). Privileged and detached? Mobility and community in (sub)urban Melbourne In: Searching for Community: Melbourne to Delhi, Manohar, Delhi
- Colic-Peisker, V. (2014). Mobility, diversity and community in the global city In: The SAGE Handbook of Globalization, Volume 1, Sage Publications, London, United Kingdom
- Colic-Peisker, V.,Robertson, S. (2014). Social change and community cohesion: an ethnographic study of two Melbourne suburbs In: Ethnic and Racial Studies, 38, 75 - 91
- Colic-Peisker, V.,Hlavac, J. (2014). Anglo-Australian and non-Anglophone middle classes: 'foreign accent' and social inclusion In: Australian Journal of Social Issues, 49, 349 - 371
- Flatau, P.,Colic-Peisker, V.,Bauskis, A.,Maginn, P.,Buergelt, P. (2014). Refugees, housing and neighbourhoods in Australia In: Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) Final Report, , 1 - 120
- Colic-Peisker, V. (2013). Middle-class "Anglos" and "ethnics": Mutual perception and communication in the field of symbolic power In: Reflections, Intersections and Aspirations, 50 years of Australian Sociology (TASA 2013), Melbourne, Australia, 25-28 Nov 2013
- Colic-Peisker, V. (2012). Mobility and its discontents in (sub)urban Australia In: The Annual Conference of the Australian Sociological Association 2012: Emerging and Enduring Inequalities, Brisbane, Queensland, 26-29 November 2012
- Refugees, Housing and Social Inclusion in Australia. Administered by The University of Western Australia.. Funded by: AHURI National Housing Research Program - Research Projects pre-2014 from (2012 to 2015)
- Housing and employment for social cohesion in multicultural neighbourhoods 'in transition': building local best practice. Funded by: Scanlon Foundation Research Grant from (2012 to 2013)
- Refugee employment aspirations and inter-generational communication about future occupational pathways. Administered by University of Queensland.. Funded by: ARC Linkage Projects via other University pre-2014 from (2012 to 2015)
- Resident third party objections and appeals against planning application: implications for medium density and social housing. Funded by: AHURI National Housing Research Program - Research Projects pre-2014 from (2011 to 2012)
- Other countries' policy initiatives to meet the housing needs of asset-poor older persons: implications for Australia - AHURI Project 30563. Funded by: AHURI National Housing Research Program - Research Projects pre-2014 from (2009 to 2010)
1 PhD Completions3 PhD Current Supervisions