Alfred Deakin Institute For Citizenship And Globalisation

The Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation (ADI) is an internationally recognised and highly regarded social sciences and humanities research institute.

Our researchers aim to understand the complex meanings of citizenship, social inclusion and globalisation, and investigate the implications of these forces in our lives and communities.

We seek to contribute to knowledge construction and influence research developments, public debates and policy agendas.


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Research interests

As leaders in their respective fields, our researchers are often at the forefront of national debates and policy setting.

Their areas of interest include migration, radicalisation and violent extremism, the tensions of transnational governance, experiences of identity and belonging, the links between heritage and citizenship, the critical importance of cultural heritage, the lived politics of inclusion and exclusion, the human rights discourse and related questions of justice and development.

Our vision

Our vision is to be a leading international social sciences and humanities institute. We want our knowledge creation and dissemination to meaningfully affect lived human experiences by actively shaping agendas and informing debates.

Our mission

We aim to understand complex social issues associated with globalising processes through innovative, mixed-method multidisciplinary research. Our focus is on sharing our research through practical channels, engaging in partnerships and supporting high-quality researchers and doctoral students. We'll contribute to knowledge construction and influence research developments, public debates and policy agendas.


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Our Director

Director Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation, Professor Fethi Mansouri

Professor Mansouri's research interests are in migration studies, comparative refugee research, global Islamic politics, and multiculturalism and intercultural relations. He is a global expert advisor to the United Nations (Alliance of Civilisations) on cultural diversity and intercultural relations. 

In 2013 he was awarded a UNESCO Chair in comparative research on Cultural Diversity and Social Justice. His 2004 book Lives in Limbo: Voices of Refugees under Temporary Protection was short-listed for the 2004 Human Rights Medals and Awards.

Our research

Areas of exploration

Our research deals with the complex and often contradictory meanings of citizenship, social inclusion and globalisation at a local, national and transnational level. Our research streams and support structures promote the study of complex social problems from a number of view points.

Systematically and holistically we explore the differing manifestations of:

  • migration
  • tensions of transnational governance
  • viability of the nation-state
  • impact of globalising processes on concepts and experiences of identity, belonging, heritage and citizenship
  • lived politics of inclusion and exclusion
  • tensions in the human rights discourse
  • critical importance of cultural heritage
  • related questions of justice and development.

Research streams

Our four research streams are:

  • Development, Inequality and Wellbeing
  • Diversity and Identity
  • Governance, Justice and Security.
  • Heritage, Indigeneity and Sustainability.

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Research projects

The ADI conducts innovative multidisciplinary research projects that are funded by the Australian Research Council, as well as partnerships and consultancies with the not-for-profit sector, government and industry.

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Staff information

Current staff can find information on the ADI Staff Wiki. Please note this is not publicly accessible.

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Contact us

Alfred Deakin Institute
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Faculty of Arts and Education
Deakin University
221 Burwood Highway
Burwood, Victoria 3125