Migration and Mobility Research Network

The Migration and Mobility Research Network (MMRN) initiative brings together a group of interdisciplinary researchers to focus on issues of migration, mobility, diversity and multiculturalism.

The research centres link to the School’s areas of research focus with many of our researchers involved in collaborative projects within these centres:

The interdisciplinary group consists of researchers from Melbourne’s universities and beyond, policymakers, government and NGO representatives and research students. This network is an opportune forum for:

  • academics to forge research collaborations
  • research students to find supervisors
  • researchers to meet potential collaborators from the government and NGO sectors
  • government and NGO representatives to develop research connections

Launched in January 2009, the MMRN meets at RMIT’s City campus on the last Friday of each month.

MMRN meetings generally include research seminars followed by highly prioritised networking opportunities. Meeting formats may vary at times to include round-tables and workshops. The MMRN is also open to ideas from members.

About migration and mobility

Migration in the 21st century is such a pervasive and diversified phenomenon, outgrowing its name. Settler migration remains an Australian issue of great consequence. The word ‘mobility’ was therefore added to reflect the contemporary variety of human movements. The fast-growing phenomenon of professionals in temporary migration and the swelling international student numbers are just two of the ‘new’ types of mobility.

Migration and mobility are also associated with many other complex issues such as ethnic diversity, identity, nationalism, diaspora, transnationalism, globalisation, settlement, multiculturalism, urbanisation, cross-cultural communication, labour and housing markets, refugee protection, cosmopolitanism, citizenship, etc.


Contact Val Colic-Peisker to join the Migration and Mobility Research Network.


The Migration and Mobility Research Network runs regular activities, presentations and workshops throughout the year.

2014 activities

14-15 November 2014
Australia and its Others 
The symposium, supported by the Global Cities Research Institute at RMIT, is conceived as a discussion forum bringing together researchers, public commentators, policymakers, NGOs and those with personal experience of being Othered. Through presentations by invited speakers and by allowing ample time for discussion, the symposium will engage with issues of nation, nationalism, exclusion, racism, xenophobia, Australian asylum policies, ‘border protection’ and human rights.

Presentation abstracts and speakers (PDF 72 KB 6 p)

Speakers include: Julian Burnside, Val Colic-Peisker, Richard DiNatale, Eugenia Flynn, Farida Fozdar, Ghassan Hage, Shakira Hussein, Peter Mares, Mustafa Najib, Anne McNevin, Klaus Neumann, Rosie Scott, Charlotte Williams

25 July 2014
Floating Ties: Intimacy, Families and Globalisation
Dr Raelene Wilding, Sociology, La Trobe University

30 May 2014
Temporary Labour Migration and Precarious Work in Australia
Dr Iain Campbell, RMIT University

28 March 2014
Chinese Business Migrants In Australia: Can ‘Triple Fortune’ Lead to Triple Win?
Dr Ling Deng, RMIT University

28 February 2014
The Good Starts for Refugee Youth Longitudinal Study: Homelands, Settlement and Sites of Belonging
Dr Celia McMichael, La Trobe University

31 January 2014
Australian Universities’ Preparation and Support of Academics Teaching in Transnational Education
Kath Lynch, doctoral candidate, RMIT University

2013 activities

29 November 2013
Multicultural Middle Class and Foreign Accent in Australia
Assoc Prof Val Colic-Peisker, RMIT University and Dr Jim Hlavac, Monash University

25 October 2013
Will There Be Harmony Without the Institutions of Multiculturalism? Items for a Research Agenda
Dr Olga Bursian, Monash University

28 September 2013
A ‘Sanitised Multiculturalism’? Questioning Social Work’s Response to ‘The People of Australia’
Prof Charlotte Williams, RMIT University

30 August 2013
The Drum African Family Program: A Public Health Approach to Tackling Social Exclusion of the African Community Residing on the Carlton Public Housing Estate
Ms Sarah Howe, Co-ordinator of the African Family Centre Program and Masters by Research candidate in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, RMIT University

26 July 2013
Black on Black: Reflections on Insider Positionality and the Value of Situated Research
Assoc Prof Kwamena Kwansah-Aidoo, Swinburne University

19 April 2013
Xenophobia Online: Unmasking Singaporean Attitudes Towards ‘Foreign Talent’ Migrants
Dr Catherine Gomes, RMIT University

22 March 2013
Understanding Migrant and Refugee Employment Pathways in Context
Dr Martina Boese, University of Melbourne

22 February 2013
Improving the Focus on Pre-Arrival Experiences of Migrants and Refugees
Dr Melissa Phillips, University of Melbourne

25 January 2013
Models of Religiosity and the Refugee Experience
Dr Sue Ennis, RMIT University

2012 activities

30 November 2012
The Challenges Of Multifaith Chaplaincy At University
Mr Richard Murray, Senior Chaplain, RMIT University

26 October 2012
Employment Experiences And Identity Of Skilled Immigrants In Australia
Ms Mary Imam, PhD candidate, La Trobe University

28 September 2012
Faith, Migration And Ethnicity: Australia’s Changing Religious Profile
Prof Des Cahill, RMIT University

24 August 2012
Migrants, Refugees And Diasporas: The Indian Experience
Prof Partha Gosh, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

27 July 2012
From Study To Work: Challenges Facing International Students Transitioning Into The Australian Workplace
Dr Cate Gribble, Deakin University

27 April 2012
Ways Of Working And Ways Of Talking: A Linguistic Ethnography Of It Professionals In Australian Workplaces
Ms Vittoria Grossi, Deakin University, Melbourne

16 March 2012
Young British Muslims: Identity, Culture, Politics And The Media
Dr Nahid Kabir, Senior Research Fellow, University of South Australia

24 February 2012
The Three Rs Of Interpreters
Ms Sultan Dogan, Chair, AUSIT Vic/Tas Branch

27 January 2012
The Impact of Managing Diversity Policies on Active Citizenship and Inclusion of Muslims
Mr Mario Peucker, Melbourne University

Contact the MMRN

Visit us

Migration and Mobility Research Network (MMRN)
Location: Melbourne City campus , Building 15 , Level 4, Room 18
Email: val.colic-peisker@rmit.edu.au
 +61 3 9925 9981

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RMIT University
School of Global, Urban and Social Studies
GPO Box 2476
Melbourne Victoria 3001

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