Dr Vivian Gerrand



Research Fellow


Faculty of Arts and Education


Alfred Deakin Institute


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Doctor of Philosophy, University of Melbourne, 2013



Dr Vivian Gerrand is a researcher with interests in the areas of migrant displacement, belonging, mobility, image-making and representation. Her interdisciplinary scholarship explores migrant displacement and belonging through a comparative cultural studies lens. Her current research builds on her long term research with Somalis living in the diaspora and pursues two further areas of inquiry: re-imagined citizenship and building resilience to violent extremism. At the ADI, she is working as an Associate Investigator on two projects led by Professor Michele Grossman that are focused on building resilience and understanding the risk factors for and appeal of violent extremism to a minority of young people.  

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Research interests

Diasporic minority belonging and citizenship

Image-making practices and the creation, maintenance and negotiation of complex cultural identity

Networked sociability in the digital world

Mobility and displacement

Resilience to violent extremism


Honorary Research Associate, Research Unit in Public Cultures, School of Culture and Communication, The University of Melbourne

Editorial Board Member, Scritture migranti (Migrant Writings) Journal

Knowledge areas

Migrant Cultural Studies

Mobility and Displacement

Somali Resettlement and Belonging

Resilience to Violent Extremism

Italian Studies

Professional activities

Member, African Studies Association of Australasia and the Pacific 

Member, Contemporary European Studies Association of Australia 

Member, Cultural Studies Association of Australia 

Member, Institute for Postcolonial Studies 

Member, Migration and Mobility Research Network 

Member, Somali Australian Friendship Association

Member, Victorian Government Research Institute for Social Cohesion

Media appearances

2017 Interview by Hodan Nalayeh about Possible Spaces of Somali Belonging, for Integration TV, Toronto, 27 February.

2016 Interview by Francesca Rizzoli about Possible Spaces of Somali Belonging, for SBS Radio Italian Programme, Melbourne, 14 September.

2016 Interview about Possible Spaces of Somali Belonging with Meecham Philpott, ABC Tropical North, 16 June.

2016 ‘No longer afraid to come out of the locker. Going berko for burkinis’. Overland, 25 August.

2015 ‘Reframing Australia’, Overland, 14 July.

2015 ‘Zaky Mallah: A cautionary tale of radicalisation and the need for belonging’, The Conversation, 29 June.

2014 ‘Belonging generally continues to be thought of in terms of national sovereignty and borders… But these old notions of “belonging” are changing.’ Interview by Keryn Reynolds for The Citizen, 23 April.


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Representing Somali resettlement in Italy: the writing of Ubax Cristina Ali Farah and Igiaba Scego

V Gerrand

(2008), Vol. 21, pp. 270-295, Italian studies in Southern Africa, [Johannesburg, South Africa], C1


Funded Projects at Deakin

Other Public Sector Funding

Centre of Excellence on Resilient Communities and Inclusive Societies (CERCIS)

Prof Michele Grossman, Prof Fethi Mansouri, Prof Shahram Akbarzadeh, Prof Greg Barton, Dr Amanuel Elias, A/Prof Anna Halafoff, Dr Vivian Gerrand, Prof Anita Harris, Dr Amelia Johns, Prof Amanda Keddie, Prof Yin Paradies, Dr Matteo Vergani, Dr Jessica Walton, A/Prof Chad Whelan, Dr Ana-Maria Bliuc, Dr Philippa Collins, Dr Hass Dellal, Dr Nida Denson, Prof Kevin Dunn, Dr Liam Magee, Dr Liam McGarty, A/Prof Amanda Third, Dr Michael Ungar

  • 2018: $1,065,362


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