Catherine Gomes is an Associate Professor in RMIT's School of Media and Communication.
Catherine is an ethnographer whose work contributes to the understanding of the evolving migration, mobility and digital media nexus. As a migration and mobility scholar, Catherine specialises on the social, cultural and communication spaces of transient migrants, especially international students, their wellbeing and their digital engagement.
Catherine's work covers the themes of identity, ethnicity, race, memory and gender. She is a specialist on the Asia-Pacific with Australia and Singapore being significant fieldwork sites. Catherine has also written about gender and audience reception in Chinese cinemas, and multiculturalism in Singapore cinema.
Catherine's research has appeared in numerous journals (e.g. Current Sociology, Journal of Youth Studies, Creative Industries and Asian Ethnicity). Her recent books include Siloed Diversity: Transnational Migration, Digital Media and Social Networks (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018), Transnational Migrations in the Asia-Pacific: Transformative Experiences in the Age of Digital Media (with Brenda S.A. Yeoh, Rowman & Littlefield, 2018), Transient Mobility and Middle Class Identity: Media and Migration in Australia and Singapore (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017), International student connectedness and identity: transnational perspectives (with Ly Thi Tran, Springer, 2017), The Asia Pacific in the Age of Transnational Mobility: The Search for Community and Identity on and through Social Media (Anthem Press, 2016), Quality Assurance in Asia-Pacific Universities Implementing Massification in Higher Education (with Deane E. Neubauer, Palgrave Macmillan, 2017) and Multiculturalism through the Lens: A Guide to Ethnic and Migrant Anxieties in Singapore (Ethos Books, 2015).
Catherine is leader of the Migration, Digital Mobilities and Diverse Communities Research Lab (formerly Migration and Digital Media Research) housed in the Digital Ethnography Research Centre (DERC), co-convenes the AsiaPacific@RMIT Seminar Series and leads the Mobilities Reading Group. She is also founding editor of Transitions: Journal of Transient Migration (Intellect Books). Catherine was also a recipient of an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher (DECRA) in 2013-2016. She has held Visiting Research Fellowships at the Singapore Management University and Nanyang Technological University.
Currently Catherine teaches in the Asian Media and Culture stream.
ARC DECRA Research Website: http://translatingimpermanence.org/
- PhD (University of Melbourne)
- MA (National University of Singapore)
- BA (Hons) (University of Western Australia)
- Co-Convener, Transience in Human Mobility Research Network
- National Scientific Convener and Member, ISANA: International Education Association
- Member, International Education Association of Australia
- (Founding Editor) Transitions: Journal of Transient Migration
- (Editorial boards) International Journal of Bias, Identity and Diversities in Education
- Ethnicity and Race in a Changing World: A Review Journal, University of Manchester
- Aedificamus: The Queen's Journal, Queen's College, University of Melbourne
- International Education Task Force, Morgan State University
- Study Abroad and International Students SIG, Comparative & International Education Society
Accomplishments / achievements / awards
- Visiting CLASS Scholar (Nanyang Technological University, 2018)
- Australian Research Council DECRA Research Fellow, 2013-2016
- Visiting Research Fellow (Singapore Management University)
- RMIT Teaching Award for teaching a diverse student body, 2012
- College of Design and Social Context Teaching Excellence Award for Teaching Large Classes, 2011
- Gomes, C. (2018). Navigating through the hostility: International students in Singapore In: Educational Reciprocity and Adaptivity: International Students and Stakeholders, Taylor and Francis, United Kingdom
- Gomes, C. (2018). Siloed Diversity: Transnational Migration, Digital Media and Social Networks, Palgrave Pivot, Singapore
- Chang, S.,Gomes, C.,Martin, F. (2018). Navigating Online Down Under: International Students' Digital Journeys in Australia In: Transnational Migrations in the Asia-pacific: Transformative Experiences in the Age of Digital Media, Rowman and Littlefield, London, United Kingdom
- Gomes, C.,Yeoh, B. (2018). Conclusion - Transnational Migrations in the Asia-pacific In: Transnational Migrations in the Asia-pacific: Transformative Experiences in the Age of Digital Media, Rowman & Littlefield, London, United Kingdom
- Gomes, C. (2018). Identity as a strategy for negotiating everyday life in transience: A case study of Asian foreign talent in Singapore In: Current Sociology, , 1 - 25
- Gomes, C.,Chang, S. (2017). Digital journeys: A perspective on understanding the digital experiences of international students In: Journal of International Students, 7, 347 - 366
- Neubauer, D.,Gomes, C. (2017). Creating cultures of quality within Asia Pacific higher education institutions In: Quality Assurance in Asia-Pacific Universities: Implementing Massification in Higher Education, Palgrave Macmillan, Switzerland
- Gomes, C. (2017). Casting the Net Wider: Coping with an increasingly diverse international student body in Australia In: Quality Assurance in Asia-Pacific Universities: Implementing Massification in Higher Education, Palgrave Macmillan, Switzerland
- Neubauer, D.,Gomes, C. (2017). Conclusion: When all is said and done In: Quality Assurance in Asia-Pacific Universities: Implementing Massification in Higher Education, Palgrave Macmillan, Switzerland
- Chang, S.,Gomes, C. (2017). International student identity and the digital environment In: Learning Across Cultures: Locally and Globally, NAFSA and Stylus Publishing, United States
- Contact Points: Enabling international students during critical incidents. Funded by: Competitive - Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources from (2018 to 2019)
- Media and transient migrants in Australia and Singapore: mapping identities and networks. Funded by: ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher from (2013 to 2016)
1 PhD Completions and 1 Masters by Research Completions3 PhD Current Supervisions