Peacebuilding, Migration & Development

Peacebuilding, Migration & Development investigates the shifting needs of precarious populations both in a local context and for those who traverse global boundaries.

Associate Professor Charles T. Hunt with UN Peacekeeping forces

Effective partnerships for sustainable solutions

Our current moment is marked by rising awareness of crises prompted by changing circumstances in the Global North and South that are investigated by SGSC’s global researchers.

The changing circumstances addressed by our researchers include the growing impact of the changing nature of conflicts, environmental threats from climate change and ideological contestation about economic prosperity and in its neoliberal form. These shifting dynamics disproportionately affect different populations across the world.

We work at the intersection of these tensions, seeking to develop sustainable solutions and effective partnerships to address complex problems locally and globally.

Central to our research is a concern for the social implications of the increased movement of people. The United Nations estimated in 2020 that 272 million people are currently living outside their country of origin, including 8 million in Australia.

Some of this migration is seasonal or temporary. In other cases, people are displaced permanently, an experience which in turn shapes our understanding of many social and political phenomena, including issues of identity, belonging, multiculturalism and social cohesion.

Our work is framed by informed analysis of the relationship between the local and the global, macro and micro policies, endogenous and exogenous development, and relationships at the centre and the periphery to deliver innovative research that transforms lives.

Peacebuilding, Migration & Development Projects

International policing and civilian protection in UN peace operations

This ARC DECREA project aims to evaluate the contribution of police to the implementation of protection of civilians (POC) mandates in United Nations peace operations.

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International policing and civilian protection in UN peace operations

This ARC DECREA project aims to evaluate the contribution of police to the implementation of protection of civilians (POC) mandates in United Nations peace operations.

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RMIT Social & Global Studies Centre

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Acknowledgement of Country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business - Artwork 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.

aboriginal flag
torres strait flag

Acknowledgement of Country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.