Migration and Social Inclusion



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.  This research stream focuses on examining the experiences and attitudes of new and existing populations in terms of cultural diversity, social issues, and social cohesion. The exploration is driven by a variety of research methods.


Key Projects


Arts Faculty Focus Program: Population, Migration & Social Inclusion

Understanding the context of racial and cultural exclusivism: A study of Melbourne neighbourhoods 2017-2018

R. Wickes, D. Arunachalam, J. Smith, H. Forbes-Mewett, Z. Skrbis and M. Grossman

Department of Premier and Cabinet (VIC), Social Cohesion Research Grants Program (RIOSC), $150,000.00.

Multiculturalism in the Australian Cemetery: Wishes and desires of Chinese immigrants in Melbourne.     

Gil-Soo Han, Helen Forbes-Mewett, Wilfred Wang Industry partner: SMCT)                                     Project promoted on Chinese social media app – WeChat                                                              Click here for SBS Mandarin Podcast link

Student mental health and cultural diversity on campus. Slideshare.

On-campus Policing and Cultural Diversity. Read more.

Key Publications


Healy, E., Arunachalam, D. & Mizukami, T. (eds.) 2016. Creating Social Cohesion in an Interdependent World: Experiences of Australia and Japan. Palgrave Macmillan:  Hampshire, UK.  

Arunachalam, D. and Nguyen, D. Q. V. (2016). ‘Family connectedness, school attachment and health-compromising behaviours among young Vietnamese males‘. Journal of Youth Studies, 19(3): 287-304. 

Forbes-Mewett, H. (2016) ‘The impact of regional higher education spaces on the security of international students‘, Higher Education Research and Development, Special Issue – New frontiers: Exploring the space/s of Higher Education, 35(1): 115-128. 

Forbes-Mewett, H. and Sawyer, A-M. (2016) ‘International students and mental health’. Journal of International Students. Accepted for publication 16 Jan 2016. In press.

Han, G-S. (2016 – released in September 2015) Nouveau-riche Nationalism and Multiculturalism in Korea: A media Narrative Analysis. London & New York: Routledge.

Laughland-Booÿ, J., Skrbiš, Z. and Tranter, B. (2015)  ‘Crossing Boundaries: Understanding the pro-asylum narratives of young Australians’.  Ethnicities (online first).

Ishizawa, H. and Arunachalam, D. (2014). Ethnic neighbourhoods in Auckland, New Zealand‘. Urban Policy and Research, 32(4): 417-436. 

Laughland-Booÿ, J., Skrbiš, Z. and Tranter, B. (2014) ‘Toleration or Trust: Investigating the Acceptance of ‘Boat People’ Among Young Australians’. Australian Journal of Social Issues,49(2): 195-217. 

Skrbis, Z., Woodward, I. & Bean, C. (2014). Seeds of cosmopolitan future? Young people and their aspirations for future mobility‘. Journal of Youth Studies, 17(5): 614-625. 

Wickes, R., Sydes, M., Benier, K. and Higginson, A. (2016). Seeing’ hate crime in the community: Do resident perceptions of hate crime align with self-reported victimization? Crime & Delinquency (online first).

Wickes, R., Pickering, S., Mason, G., Maher, J.M. and McCullough, J. (2015). From Hate to Prejudice: Does the new terminology of prejudice motivated crime change perceptions and reporting actions. British Journal of Criminology, 56(2): 239-255.



Helen Forbes-Mewett (Program Leader: helen.forbesmewett@monash.edu)

Rebecca Wickes
Dharma Arunachalam
Gil-Soo Han
Jonathan Smith
Zlatko Skrbis
Jacqueline Laughland-Booy