Our commitment to addressing the significant challenges of our time is underpinned by a critical mass of leading scholars and a robust interdisciplinary research agenda. ​

Our work has a proven track record of knowledge creation that enables more inclusive, democratic, and sustainable societies. Our researchers create cutting-edge knowledge about citizenship, diversity, inclusion and globalisation that only shapes scholarship and scientific progress but also informs public debate and policy.

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Our research themes

Through our research, we create transformational knowledge that can influence public debates and shape policy agendas. Our research tackles major local, national and global challenges around transnational process, social inclusion, diversity and intercultural relations. ​

People, Place, Heritage

The People, Place, Heritage stream supports research from diverse humanities and social science perspectives to address questions of how these relationships change across space, time and material form.

Mobility, Diversity, and Multiculturalism

Our work in this stream spans issues about migration and diverse societies; racism and racialisation, social inclusion and cohesion; the plurality of mobile identities; interconnectedness and mediation of local, national and global relationships; and the changing nature of place and communities, from local neighbourhoods to digital platforms.

Governance, Development, and Peace​

In this theme we explore expanding interrogations of ‘development’, ‘governance’ and ‘peace’ in new ways by bringing these areas of inquiry into interdisciplinary conversations.

Culture, Environment and Science

This stream brings the conceptual tools, methods and approaches of the humanities and social sciences to bear on the challenging questions facing today’s interconnected world.

Help us to create equitable and sustainable social change

Global events such as the COVID-19 pandemic, the Russia-Ukraine War and the re-emergence of far-right ideologies – these and other similarly critical issues underscore the urgency, importance and relevance of the intellectual work done by ADI’s researchers and the challenging policy questions they strive to answer.

Alfred Deakin Professor Fethi Mansouri​

Director, Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation (ADI)​

Our researchers

Our researchers come from diverse disciplines and areas of study, and work together in a vibrant environment with a shared goal of understanding the complex social issues associated with globalising processes. See our leadership team below.

Alfred Deakin Professor Fethi Mansouri​ Director

Alfred Deakin Professor Fethi Mansouri is founding director of ADI and UNESCO chair for comparative research on cultural diversity and social justice. His latest research focuses on migration youth and transcultural identities; diaspora humanitarianism and the contested politics of multiculturalism.

Alfred Deakin Professor Emma Kowal ​Deputy Director (Research)

Alfred Deakin Professor Emma Kowal is a cultural and medical anthropologist who previously worked as a medical doctor and public health researcher in Indigenous health. Her research interests lie at the intersection of anthropology, science and technology studies (STS), and Indigenous studies.

Professor Shahram Akbarzadeh (FA)​ Deputy Director (International)

Prof Shahram Akbarzadeh researches international relations in the Middle East and Asia. His latest project examines the relationship between smart technology and authoritarian rule.

For a full list of our researchers please visit the ADI website

Feature projects

We are committed to leading an impactful and collaborative research agenda. As such, we conduct research partnerships and consultancies with government agencies, industry, civil society organisations, the not-for-profit sector and universities both in Australia and around the world.

The Effects of Transnational Mobility on Youth Transitions

The Effects of Transnational Mobility on Youth Transitions

This project investigates how transnational mobility affects young people’s ability to not only achieve desirable qualifications and livelihoods, but to be connected and engaged in their social and civic worlds as these become more dispersed spatially and less predictable temporally.

Strengthening Intercultural Relationships among Australia’s Rural Youth

Strengthening Intercultural Relationships among Australia’s Rural Youth

This project aims to investigate what strengthens and hinders intercultural relationships among young people in rural Australia.

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