Key Researchers

Associate Professor Rebecca Wickes

Rebecca Wickes is the Program Leader of the Population, Migration and Social Inclusion Focus Program. She is an Associate Professor in Criminology and Deputy Director of the Centre for Social and Population Research (CSPR) at the School of Social Sciences (SoSS), Monash University.

Her research focusses on demographic changes in urban communities and their influence on social cohesion and the concentration of social problems. She is the lead investigator of the Australian Community Capacity Study (ACCS), a multi-million, multi-site, longitudinal study of urban neighbourhoods.

Associate Professor Marie Segrave

Marie Segrave is a Researcher with The Border Crossing Observatory (BOb) and Monash Gender and Family Violence. She researches in a wide range of areas but her work is primarily concerned with migration, regulation, exploitation, and criminalisation. 

Marie’s current research projects are focused on temporary migration & labour exploitation in Australia, temporary migration and family violence and human trafficking and modern slavery.

Associate Professor Dharma Arunachalam

Dharma is Director of the Centre for Population and Urban Research, and Acting Head of the School of Social Sciences at Monash University. He received his PhD in Demography from the Australian National University in 1992 and was a Rockefeller Postdoctoral Fellow at the Population Studies Centre, University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, USA) from 1991-1994.

Before joining Monash University in January 2006, he taught at the Department of Societies and Cultures, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand from 1995-2005.

Dr Helen Forbes-Mewett

Helen Forbes-Mewett is Senior Lecturer in Sociology and interdisciplinary researcher in the School of Social Sciences at Monash University. She leads the Migration and Social Cohesion research hub in the Centre for Social and Population Research (CSPR). Helen was ARC Research Postdoctoral Fellow 2010-2014 and undertook a major study focusing on International Student Safety from Crime. In 2014, Helen was commended by Monash University for her contribution to social justice and inclusion.

Helen’s interdisciplinary work focuses on human security, migration, cultural diversity, international education and social cohesion.

Professor Andrew Markus

In an Australian first, since 2007 Professor Andrew Markus has tracked Australian attitudes towards immigrants,  asylum seekers and cultural diversity through a series of national surveys for the Scanlon Foundation. His research is part of the Scanlon Foundation’s Mapping Social Cohesion project. Andrew is also the Pratt Foundation Research Chair of Jewish Civilisation. He is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and has published extensively in the field of Australian race relations and immigration history. 

Associate Professor Alan Gamlen

Alan Gamlen is Associate Professor of Human Geography at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. He received his Doctorate (in Human Geography) from the University of Oxford as a New Zealand Bright Future Scholar. Alan’s research focuses on human migration and ethnicity, with special interests in the governance of international migration, diasporas and transnationalism. He is author of some 50 articles, book chapters and working papers on these topics, appearing in a range of journals including Political Geography, Progress in Human Geography, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, and International Migration Review. As an editor, he has co-published several books and special issues (including Migration and Global Governance  and Diasporas Reimagined), and he is the Founding Editor-in-Chief of the journal Migration Studies, published by Oxford University Press, and Co-Editor of the Policy Press book series on Global Migration and Social Change

Dr Jonathan Smith

Jonathan Smith is a Research Fellow in Sociology at the School of Social Sciences. He leads the ‘Communities and Infrastructure’ Research Hub in the Centre for Social and Population Research (CSPR). He also coordinates the ‘Social Futures and Life Pathways of Young People (‘Our Lives’) Project, which is a longitudinal ARC Discovery Project tracking the emerging values and life pathways of young Australians.

Jonathan’s research explores the influence of globalisation and social change in key domains of young people’s lives, including their attitudes towards diversity and social institutions; their engagement with digital media; and broader inequalities in their career and housing pathways. 

Dr Kathryn Benier

Kathryn Benier is a Lecturer in Criminology in the School of Social Sciences. Her research focus is urban criminology and the neighbourhood ecology of crime. with a particular focus on hate crime, hate speech, social exclusion and prejudice. 

Prior to joining Monash University, Kathryn worked at the Australian Institute of Criminology, and also has experience in Queensland Government’s Youth Justice Performance and Reporting team. She completed her PhD at the University of Queensland, where she also completed Honours (1st Class) in Criminology, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.

Rebecca Powell

Rebecca Powell is the Research Manager of PMSI and the Managing-Director of the Border Crossing Observatory. She has worked as a senior researcher on a number of irregular migration research projects hosted by the Border Crossing Observatory and has previous experience working as an international research consultant on trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and the Asia Regional Trafficking in Persons Project.

Rebecca is currently completing a PhD by publications part time titled ‘‘I still call Australia home’: The deportation of convicted non-citizens from Australia and the impact of policy and practice from a criminological perspective.’

Dr Lesley Pruitt

Lesley Pruitt is Senior Lecturer in International Relations at Monash University, where she is based at Monash GPS (Centre for Gender, Peace and Security).  Her books include The Women in Blue Helmets: Gender, Policing & the UN’s First All-Female Peacekeeping Unit (University of California Press) and Youth Peacebuilding: Music, Gender & Change (State University of New York Press).

She is also an author of Young People, Citizenship and Political Participation: Combatting Civic Deficit? (Rowman and Littlefield).

Dr Samanthi J. Gunawardana

Samanthi J. Gunawardana is a Lecturer in Gender and Development in the International Relations section of Faculty of Arts, and a member of the Monash Gender, Peace and Security Centre. 

Samanthi’s research examines the impact of development policy on employment systems, labour, and livelihoods among rural women in South Asia, with a particular emphasis on gender, development and labour in Sri Lanka. Key topics explored include labour migration, export processing zone employment systems, freedom of association, labour organizing, and connections between the political economy of households and development policy. Samanthi is the Course Director for the Master of International Development Practice.

Professor Zlatko Skrbiš

Professor Zlatko Skrbiš is Senior Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic) and a Professor of Sociology at the School of Social Sciences at Monash University, Australia. He is Principal Chief Investigator for the Social Futures and Life Pathways of Young People (‘Our Lives’) Project, a longitudinal Australian Research Council Discovery Project tracking the career and family pathways of young people growing up in Queensland, Australia. He is renowned for his work in the fields of migration, cosmopolitanism, social theory and youth studies.

Dr Jacqueline Laughland-Booÿ

Jacqueline Laughland-Booÿ is a researcher with the ‘Social Futures and Life Pathways of Young People (‘Our Lives’) Project’. Her research explores the processes of identity formation in adolescents and emerging adults; the attitudes of young Australians towards cultural and ethnic diversity; and the political knowledge and voting behaviours of young Australians. 

Dr Earvin Charles Cabalquinto

Earvin Charles Cabalquinto is Lecturer in the School of Media, Film and Journalism (MFJ). His research interests include transnational communication, mediated intimacies, caregiving at a distance, digitalisation of domestic and public spaces, and the politics of mediated mobilities. Earvin currently leads the ‘Digital mobilities in Asia’ section under Culture Media Economy’s Asian Cultural Economies at Monash University.

He is currently working on various collaborative projects related to mobile communication, including the mobile media use of elderly migrants, identity re-negotiation of LGBTQI international students, and the impact of affective mobile media on migrants’ encounters and negotiations of everyday politics.

Dr Eleanor Gordon

Eleanor is a Lecturer in Politics and International Development and member of the Monash Gender, Peace and Security Centre. She has worked for 20 years on conflict, security and justice issues, including over a decade in post-conflict environments with the UN (including the UN Refugee Agency) and other organizations.

Her research and practice focusses on inclusive approaches to building security and justice, especially after conflict, including community safety initiatives and gender-responsive Security Sector Reform.


Research Assistants

Kayla Hargreaves

Kayla Hargreaves is a Research Assistant in the Population, Migration and Social Inclusion focus program. Kayla has experience with survey methodology, project management and data science, including statistical analysis with programs such as SPSS and Stata. She has a Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice from Griffith University, with a specialisation in Research and Public Policy. She is currently completing her honours year in criminology with Monash University.

Chloe Keel

Chloe is a Research Assistant in the Population, Migration and Social Inclusion focus program and a Teaching Associate in Criminology at Monash University. Her research has focused on migrant settlement experiences in Australia, the impact of visa regulation focusing on International student experiences and community policing.

Nicola Helps

Nicola Helps is a doctoral candidate, Research Assistant, and Teaching Associate in Criminology at Monash University. Nicola received her Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Criminology from Monash University in 2014. Her doctoral research explores the tensions and complexities surrounding the use and governance of public spaces within Victoria. Specifically, her research analyses the interplay between legal and non-legal mechanisms of governance and seeks to understand how this interplay contributes to the construction of inclusive-exclusive spaces.

In 2017, Nicola was awarded the Best Paper Prize at the Social and Political Sciences Annual Graduate Research Symposium for her paper exploring the challenges of conducting observational research within public spaces in Victoria.

Cathy Waite

Cathy Waite is a Research Assistant in the Population, Migration and Social Inclusion focus program and a Teaching Associate in the School of Social Sciences with Monash University, and the Department of Social Inquiry at LaTrobe University. She has a Master of Philosophy from the University of Melbourne, and a Bachelor of Arts with Honours from the
Australian National University.
Cathy’s research currently focuses on investigations into social cohesion and multiculturalism in regional and urban places; housing and transport affordability; and funerary practices in Melbourne.