The Focus Program

Immigration is an increasing global phenomenon. The need to understand and manage cultural diversity and the associated social and economic impacts are crucial for social cohesion.

The Population, Migration and Social Inclusion (PMSI) research program at the Monash University School of Social Sciences focuses on examining the experiences and attitudes of new and existing, temporary and longer term resident populations in terms of cultural diversity, social issues, and social inclusion. This program extends to the examination of existing policy and is oriented towards creating future policy opportunities of benefit to the whole community. The exploration is driven by a network of expert academics in this field of research who seek to engage in a cross-disciplinary approach to research using a variety of research methods.

This program comprises multiple and complimentary themes that will structure research collaborations and projects:

Theme 1: The spatial concentration of immigrant groups and consequences for the economic and social life of urban and regional communities.

Theme 2: Temporal changes in social relationships, attitudes and social actions in communities experiencing increases in diversity and/or immigrant concentration.

Theme 3: Understanding the human experience of border crossings, and the implementation of regulatory practice, through empirical examinations of irregular migration and border control at the global, regional and national level.

Theme 4: Negotiating settlement for newly arrived immigrants and experiences of locality and belonging in contemporary Australia.

We aim to nurture and support the development of the next generation of population, migration and social inclusion researchers through our Postgraduate Hub.

See our network of academic research experts here.

See our research outputs including recent publications here.

See our current and completed research projects here

Contact us here