Sociologists @ Monash Research Network


The newly established Sociologists @ Monash Research Network links sociologists across Schools, Faculties and Campuses at Monash University.


For further information or to join  the network please contact Dr Helen Forbes-Mewett, email:


2017 Seminar Series

Action Competence – a learning outcome or an unattainable educational desire?

Monday 20 February 2017, 12:00 – 1.00 pm
Building 20 (Menzies), Room N402 CLAYTON

Professor Venka Simovska, Danish School of Education
Aarhus University, Copenhagen, Denmark

See the flyer for further information, including an abstract and bio… (pdf)

2016 Seminar Series

Ethnic diversity, disorder and social capital in German and Australian neighborhoods

Thursday 8 December, 12:00 – 1.00 pm
Building 20 (Menzies), Room N402 CLAYTON

Dr Heleen Janssen: Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law, Freiburg, Germany


See our flyer for further information, including an abstract and bio… (pdf)

Transnational migration and the involuntary return of undocumented migrants across the Thai-Cambodia border

Thursday 27 October, 12:00 – 1.00 pm
Building 20 (Menzies), Room N402 CLAYTON

Dr Robert Nurick: Executive director of the Migrating out of Poverty Research Programme at the University of Sussex. 

See our flyer for further information, including an abstract and bio… (pdf)

The problems and possibilities of developing adversity capital in young people

Wednesday 12 October, 12:00 – 1.00 pm
Building 20 (Menzies), Room N402 CLAYTON

Assoc Prof Lucas Walsh: Associate Dean (Academic Staff) in the Faculty of Education

See our flyer for further information, including an abstract and bio… (pdf)

2015 Seminar Series

Thursday 24 September, 12-1pm
Transitioning to sustainable societies



  • Congratulations to Dr Helen Forbes-Mewett who has been awarded the honour of MPA Supervisor of the Year for 2015. Each year, the Monash Postgraduate Association asks postgraduate students from all faculties to nominate an academic who they believe has made an outstanding contribution in the area of postgraduate supervision. At a ceremony held on 14 January 2016 ... Read more
  • Sociology recently hosted the launch of the recent Palgrave Macmillan published book – International Students and Crime. The lead author, Dr Helen Forbes-Mewett, was the recipient of a four-year ARC Post-Doctoral Fellowship that underpinned the study, which was conducted across Australia, the UK and the U.S.  Professor Kim-Langfield-Smith, Vice-Provost (Academic Performance) at Monash University, officially ... Read more
  • Dr Helen Forbes-Mewett presented her work on international students and crime at the College and University Police Investigators Conference in Virginia, Washington USA, August 2015.  Her presentation session formed part of the accredited training for Virginia Law Enforcement Officers. International student safety and security is becoming an increasing issue of concern in the US and ... Read more
  • Victoria Police have shown great interest in Helen Forbes-Mewett’s research for the purposes of informing their Multicultural Unit on issues affecting international students and others from diverse cultural backgrounds. The focus of her ARC Postdoctoral Fellowship on  International Students and Crime has revealed new insights into the problem. Primarily, the overwhelming media driven perception that ... Read more
  • Helen Forbes-Mewett has been interviewed by SBS World News about efforts by the NSW police to create stronger policies and programs to work with multicultural communities, including international students. For more information see the SBS World News website. Read more
  • In a recent piece in The Conversation, Dr Catherine Strong, Lecturer in Sociology and expert on cultural memory, gender and popular music, writes about the ongoing legacy of Kurt Cobain, lead singer of 90s grunge band Nirvana. See the full article from The Conversation here. Read more
  • Dr Helen Forbes-Mewett’s research focusing on international student safety and security has been featured in the Study Travel Magazine. Based in the UK, the publication is distributed to 32,000 international education agents in 125 countries. More information about Dr Forbes-Mewett’s research is available on her website: Read more
  • On May 29, 2013 we celebrated over 50 years of Sociology at Monash at Taste Baguette in the Menzies Building. It was a wonderful opportunity for current staff and students to come together with previous staff and students, members of the Sociologists at Monash research network and colleagues from Political and Social Inquiry. The Dean ... Read more