Gianluigi Rotondo


Gianluigi is a PhD candidate in Sociology, School of Social and Political Sciences at Monash University. He completed his undergraduate, Honors and Master degrees at the University of Padova (Italy). He has been lecturer for the Master’s Course in Intercultural Studies – Cognition and Practices for the Settlement of Asylum Seekers at the University of Padova (Italy) and has had multiple experiences in volunteering within the ambient of intercultural mediation. Gianluigi was awarded with the Erasmus+ PhD Scholarship, and with the UCOII Scholarship (Union of Islamic Communities and Organisations in Italy) for his Master Degree in Sociology of Religions. Gianluigi’s research develops a parallel from an intercultural perspective between the Italian and Australian systems of settlement concerning refugees and asylum seekers, with accent on the contrast with the multicultural perspective. He had examined in his previous research studies the role of intercultural mediation and its relation with the local Italian police, as well as the ‘intercultural facilitator’ professional profile.

Research Topic

Intercultural practices and support services relating to migrants and refugees in Australia and Italy.

Research Interests

Intercultural communication, refugees, asylum seekers, NGOs, Community-Based Organisations, resettlement, human rights.

Project Summary

Providing support services for the settlement of refugees and asylum seekers is an increasing concern that is intensively debated at international level. Nonetheless, the effective provision of these support services is rarely investigated. This topic will be explored from an intercultural perspective, considered by scholars as an appropriate approach to create and maintain constructive relationships between different levels of the framework. Paradoxically, immigration policies and contexts of host countries experiencing increasing arrivals of refugees and asylum seekers do not reflect the intercultural approach, responding mainly with plans to contain the crisis. In order to observe the effectiveness of this perspective, the concept of interculturality will be examined within the context of support services provided by organisations directly involved in the promotion of human rights and resettlement of refugees and asylum seekers. The research will consider NGO and CBO policies and the effective exercise of intercultural practices within the ambient of their activities. The significance of the research project is that it aims to increase public awareness on the importance of intercultural approach within the activities of humanitarian organisations. Drawing on a comparison between issues concerning refugees in Italy and Australia, the role of intercultural communication will be explored through an in-depth analysis of intercultural practices and their efficiency in promoting human rights and resettlement of refugees and asylum seekers. Humanitarian organisations, three in Italy and three in Australia, will provide the basis for a total of six case studies. This research aims to explore practices relating to intercultural communication that contributes to empowerment and the application of human rights for humanitarian immigrants. The further purpose of the project is to investigate the issue of ‘mere’ services provided by NGOs and CBOs, and the possibility of these bottom-up activities to influence the policies implemented in the field of humanitarian immigrants.


Dr Helen Forbes-Mewett (Main)
Assoc Prof Gil-Soo Han (Associate)