Forced Migration Research Network

About us

Today, one in seven people are on the move. For some, this is a choice, but for others, the displacement is forced due to conflict, discrimination, persecution, extreme poverty or environmental disasters. Mobility is a pathway for many in search of safety or better opportunities, but it also involves many risks. Given the multifaceted nature of human mobility and displacement, a multidisciplinary and multi-sectoral approach to research that engages with this phenomenon is required.

In recognition of this increasingly complex area, and the breadth of interdisciplinary work being undertaken at UNSW Arts and Social Sciences, the Forced Migration Research Network was initiated by scholars Associate Professor Claudia Tazreiter, Dr Linda Bartolomei, Dr Caroline Lenette and Dr Susanne Schmeidl.

The Network draws together other researchers from history, philosophy, media and film studies, cultural studies, education and social psychology. These researchers produce highly original research on various aspects of human mobility.


This wider Forced Migration Research Network aims to foster deeper collaboration across the Research Areas and Schools in UNSW Arts and Social Sciences. The Network aims to showcase the diversity of innovative work undertaken by UNSW and to leverage such collaboration in future research and funding opportunities.

We look to identify ways in which both the Network and UNSW can support refugees and forced migrants, who are also research co-collaborators. This work will build on and extend all existing industry and academic partnership.


Meaningful engagement with refugee communities and building strong partnerships with organisations in the refugee sector is central to the work of the Forced Migration Research Network. This engagement takes several forms and includes research partnerships, community education, training, consultations and advocacy.

Network members partner with government, UNHCR, NGOs, settlement service providers and refugee community groups to undertake research, training and advocacy. These activities inform policy and practice responses to asylum seekers and refugees.

Isaac Addo, Centre for Social Research in Health 

Dr Ruth Balint, School of Humanities & Languages 

Dr Linda Bartolomei, School of Social Sciences 

Dr Valentina Bau, School of Arts & Media 

Dr Nayana Bibile, School of Social Sciences 

Florim Binakaj, School of Social Sciences 

Kaira Zoe Canete, School of Social Sciences 

Dr Angela Dew, School of Social Sciences 

Geraldine Doney, School of Social Sciences 

Dr Danielle Drozdzewski, School of Humanities & Languages 

Lisa Gilanyi, School of Education 

Anna Ginty, School of Social Sciences 

Professor Ramaswami Harindranath, School of Arts & Media 

Dr Aniko Hatoss, School of Humanities & Languages 

Professor Stephanie Hemelryk Donald, School of Humanities & Languages  

Professor Richard Hugman, School of Social Sciences 

Dr Jae Won Kang, Community Migrant Resource Centre 

Prasheela Karan, School of Social Sciences 

Professor Ilan Katz, Social Policy Research Centre 

Associate Professor Jihyun Lee, School of Education 

Dr Jung-Sook Lee, School of Social Sciences 

Dr Caroline Lenette, School of Social Sciences 

Associate Professor Jane Mills, School of Arts & Media 

Dr Sue Ollerhead, School of Education 

Professor Mina Roces, School of Languages & Humanities 

Dr Susanne Schmeidl, School of Social Sciences 

Dr Charlotte Smedley, School of Social Sciences 

Dr Louisa Smith, School of Social Sciences 

Dr Kim Spurway, School of Social Sciences 

Dr Claudia Tazreiter, School of Social Sciences 

Dr Caroline Wake, School of Arts & Media 

Dr Kristy Ward, School of Social Sciences 

Dr Tim Wong, School of Social Sciences 

Dr Mary Zournazi, School of Social Sciences 

Professor Anthony Zwi, School of Social Sciences 

Contact Us

For more information, please email the Forced Migration Research Network