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Cluster members

MARRC membership is diverse and extensive, as illustrated by the following examples of cluster members. MARRC includes members from the Humanities including Law, Languages, Education, from the Social Sciences including History, Geography, Psychology, and from the Health Sciences including Nursing and Midwifery.


Karen Agutter is a Lecturer/Academic Skills Adviser in the Student Learning Centre and a Visiting Research Fellow in the Department of History. Her research interest is in early twentieth-century Italian migration to Australia, Canada and Great Britain and the construction of identities of individuals and communities. Using multiple archival sources she has compiled a database of approximately 10,000 individual Italians in Australia 1916-1918. This database allows her to build accurate representations of Italian communities and their internal migrations in Australia in the period and to compare these communities nationally and internationally. It also considers gender, occupation, family makeup, place of origin and a variety of other aspects of immigrant life.


Deslie Billich joined the Law School at Flinders University in 2009. She has practiced in areas of criminal law and criminal justice, refugee and asylum law and, more recently, in the areas of international law focussing on Australia's obligations under international instruments. Her primary areas of research and interest are negotiation of treaties and protocols especially in the areas of people movement, migration and trafficking, human security, corruption and bribery, and transnational crime.


Eric Bouvet is Head of the Department of Language Studies, and Director of Studies of the French Section in the School of Humanities at Flinders University. He is currently exploring the promotion of emigration to Australia in France during the 1950s and 1960s. At the same time, he is continuing his program on research on the experiences of migrants to Australia and exploring the realities of life as a migrant during the period of assimilation policies following World War Two.

Eric Bouvet

Julian Grant is Lecturer in Nursing (Child and Youth Health) in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Flinders University. Her research focusses on child and family health and intercultural communication, her current project examining structural factors that shape the capacity to parent. Julian is undertaking policy document analysis, particularly around how the terms ‘cultural competency’ and ‘partnership’ are represented and enacted. These are used in developing practise guidelines for practitioners, and providing cultural awareness training for practitioners.

Julian Grant

Vandra Harris is a Research Fellow in the Flinders Law School. Vandra’s research focussing on African Refugee Students emerged from Vandra’s own teaching experiences and the experiences of other Flinders staff. Funded by a Diversity Initiative grant, Vandra interviewed students across the faculties who identified as born in an African country and on a humanitarian visa in their enrolment, and staff. Many unique issues relating to education and expectations were highlighted through this research. Vandra is now in the process of writing up these research outcomes, with Jay Marlowe, PhD student in the School of Social Work.

Vandra Harris

Svetlana King is a student in the School of Education at Flinders University. She completed Honours in the school in 2009 in which she examined the experiences of ten Serbian refugees who migrated to South Australia as a result of the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s. Svetlana is planning to begin a PhD in 2010 in which she will examine the academic and social needs of refugee students in educational settings.


Jay Marlowe is a PhD Candidate within the School of Social Work at Flinders University. His ethnographic research is with Sudanese men who have resettled in Adelaide and looks to critically engage with understandings of trauma and documents participants' sources of healing and resilience in the face of such experiences. This research is supported by a National Health and Medical Research Council scholarship. He has worked with homeless children in Guatemala, at risk youths in the United States, as a social worker in Australia and is currently a Visiting Fellow with the Refugee Studies Centre at the University of Oxford.

Jay Marlowe

Marinella Marmo is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology in the Law School. Marinella researches in the areas of international criminal justice (including European Union), transnational crime and comparative criminology. Currently, she works in the area of migration, border control and trafficking in human beings. She is collaborating with Dr Evan Smith on a project which examines how ideas of traditional female morality and sexuality are used as a basis for restricting the (legal) migration of women, and the impact on how contemporary domestic authorities deal with illegal female immigrants.

Marinella Marmo

Eric Richards recently published Destination Australia: Migration to Australia since 1901, (UNSW Press, Sydney 2008; Manchester University Press, Manchester 2009). This won one of the NSW Premier's Literary Awards for 2009. He has two research projects underway: one, a micro study of the islands of St Kilda, building a detailed background of the journey to Australia for the islands' emigrating population in 1852; the other, a broad-scale study focusing on the colonial period when 1.6 million immigrants arrived in Australia. This ARC funded project examines the mentalities of the migrants, drawing on direct testimonies, especially emigrant letters, of which Australia has many rich collections.

Eric Richards

Julie Robinson is Senior Lecturer in the School of Psychology at Flinders University, specialising in developmental psychology. She is co ordinator of the New Arrivals Research Network, a cross-institutional and cross-sectorial network interested in research concerning forced and voluntary migrants who have arrived in Australia in the last ten years. She was co-convenor of the ISSBD Asia Pacific Workshop: Human development in the context of movement within and across national boundaries held at Flinders University in July 2009, and is editor of the Human development in the context of movement within and across national boundaries newsletter. Julie is particularly interested in the well-being of refugee and other migrant children newly arrived in Australia.

Julie Robinson

Susanne Schech is the Director of the Centre for Development Studies at Flinders University. She has published on culture and development, development and ICTs, gender and development, and race and migration. Her co-authored book Culture and Development: A Critical Introduction, was published by Blackwell (2000). She is currently completing an Australian Research Council project, 'From Stranger to Citizen', that analyses the interface of recent refugees and Australian service providers who seek to foster their integration into Australian society.

Susanne Schech

Evan Smith recently completed his PhD on the Communist Party of Great Britain and anti-racist politics in the post-war period in the Department of History at Flinders University. He is currently undertaking research on British immigration control and the processing of migrant women with Dr Marinella Marmo from the School of Law at Flinders. He is also pursuing research into discourses of British immigration since the 1990s, as well as the divergences in the reception of European and Commonwealth migrants in Britain in the 1940-50s and the present.

Evan Smith

Tang Lay Lee is a Research Associate in Legal Studies at Flinders University. Her research interests include: the rights of migrant workers in China; displacement due to natural disaster; resettlement of Bhutanese refugees in Australia; statelessness among asylum seekers. Lay Lee's current research project focuses on the land rights of rural women and rural migrant workers in China. She is also involved in a comparative study of how NGOs challenge power structures in different political contexts. In undertaking these projects Lay Lee collaborates with domestic NGOs in China and Indonesia who are working directly with rural women, rural migrant workers, and survivors of tsunami and earthquakes.


Yan Tan is Research Fellow in National Institute of Labour Studies at Flinders University. Her current research focuses on four areas:

  • Forced migration and resettlement due to large development projects;
  • Climate change causing displacement;
  • Displacement as a result of natural disaster;
  • Distribution of migrants in Australia and its impacts.

Her research into the reconstruction of migrants’ livelihood produced by the Three Gorges project in China and multi-dimensional impact assessments for human displacement and resettlement has culminated in her book Resettlement in the Three Gorges Project (Hong Kong University Press, 2008).

Yan Tan


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