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MARRC Public Event, 'On Christmas Island for Christmas'

On Friday, 4 December 2009, MARRC's first public event was held at the Hetzel Theatre, State Library of South Australia. This was a briefing and discussion roundtable about 'On Christmas Island for Christmas?' The event was opened by Flinders University's DVC-International Professor Dean Forbes. The panel included Andrew Bartlett, refugee and asylum seeker advocate; Bea McGrath of STARRS; Damien McInerney, clinical psychologist, and Julie Robinson, Flinders University researcher and convenor of NARN. Deslie Billich was MC for the event.


Andrew Bartlett and Bea McGrath spoke about their experience of working with asylum seekers on Christmas Island, Bea having returned from the island in July 2009. Damien McInerney and Julie Robinson spoke about the ongoing needs and levels of well-being of refugees in Australia. The audience included people from NGOs, health services, government agencies, refugee support groups and researchers. Download Flyer


We anticipate that this is the first of similar gatherings where research and practice can come together to be mutually effective.



From left: Andrew Bartlett, Bea McGrath, Damien McInerney, Deslie Billich


Visiting Researcher, Professor Xudong Zhao

The first MARRC gathering was held on 14 September 2009 and focussed on the theme ‘Development, Disasters and Displacement’. Visiting Research Fellow, Professor Xudong Zhao from China Agricultural University, Beijing, spoke about his research which focuses on the resettlement of minority Chinese in the aftermath of the Wenchuan earthquake. Dr Yan Tan also spoke about her research project ‘Development induced migration and resettlement’.


Professor Zhao visited the Faculty of Social Science at Flinders University, hosted by Susanne Schech and Yan Tan, to collaborate on the development of a research project about ‘Construction of Sustainable Livelihoods after the Wenchuan Earthquake in China’. Susanne Schech subsequently visited Professor Zhao in October, further strengthening this international collaboration.


Xudong and Susanne

Xudong and Susanne visiting the Barossa Valley, SA

Xudong and Susanne at China Agricultural University, Beijing


Visit to Malmö University

On 17 August 2009 Dr Julie Robinson (School of Psychology; Migrant and Refugee Research Cluster (MARRC), Flinders University) visited Malmö University, Sweden, to explore opportunities for research collaboration between members of MARRC and members of the Department of International Migration and Ethnic Relations (IMER), the Malmö Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare (MIM) and other researchers at Malmö University


Dr Julie Robinson with Gilla Carlecrantz (Co-ordinator, International Network of Universities)

Dr Julie Robinson with Associate Professor Maja Povrzanovic Frykman (Research Coordinator, Malmö Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare)

Dr Pauline Stoltz (Global Political Studies, and Academic Coordinator for the International Network of Universities, Malmo University) and Dr Julie Robinson




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