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 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.
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.
Our culture and environment
We have a vibrant research environment. We support excellence, innovation and collaboration among our theorists and problem-oriented researchers who look at critical and contentious social issues. We support our members through mentoring and training schemes, and help develop career pathways for our early career researchers and doctoral students.
Our membership is drawn from diverse disciplines and areas of study and we are open to new ways of thinking about and studying social phenomena. Our researchers have a cooperative spirit and practice, and share a commitment to innovate.
I resolutely believe that respect for diversity is a fundamental pillar in the eradication of racism, xenophobia and intolerance. There is no excuse for evading the responsibility of finding the most suitable path toward the elimination of any expression of discrimination against indigenous peoples.
The great Australian silence
Silence once again surrounded the issue of Indigenous poverty during the recent Australian Federal Election. ADI's Professor Jon Altman and Dr Victoria Stead asked why.
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.
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:
- 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.
Our four research streams are:
- Development, Inequality and Wellbeing
- Diversity and Identity
- Governance, Justice and Security.
- Heritage, Indigeneity and Sustainability.
Understanding racism in Australia
Professor Yin Paradies leads this project, which will enhance our conceptual understandings of racism and anti-racism, and investigate empirical data on the health and social effects of racism. Despite the recognised need to understand and address racism, it remains a globally significant issue.
Our project will evaluate and analyse findings from anti-racism interventions. We'll examine the interplay between racism and the impact of organisational diversity. Our aim is to help shape policy and practice relating to racism, anti-racism and diversity across various sectors and by doing so develop our capacity to address racism both in Australia and internationally.
How would you deal with a racist?
ADI's Professor Yin Paradies and Dr Tim Neale argue: Racism in Australia – time for the silent majority to act.
Join our research team
Become a PhD candidate
To become an ADI PhD candidate you need to have a clear vision of what you want to investigate such as Australian racial politics, promoting justice or wellbeing. Your proposal should be compelling and innovative, and either fit into one of our established research streams or offer a tantalising new direction.
Find a supervisor from our team
Once you know what you'd like to research, discuss your proposal with a potential supervisor at ADI.
Learn the breadth of our research expertise, and then get in touch via phone or email with a supervisor whose interests align with your proposal.
Become a visiting researcher at ADI
We welcome expressions of interest for short-term visiting research fellowships. Expressions of interest should outline a research program that aligns with one or more of our research streams and the ADI collaborations and networks involved.
As a visitor, you'll be offered access to a desk and IT facilities as well as Deakin University's library. You are also encouraged to participate in events and activities hosted by the institute, including seminars, workshops and symposia. Please contact us for more information.
Current staff can find information on the ADI Staff Wiki. Please note this is not publicly accessible.
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Are you interested in joining us as a member? We bring together leading researchers in social sciences and humanities from Deakin's Faculty of Arts and Education and further afield. Membership of the institute aims to build the research capacity of individual researchers and the institute, as well as the broader research profile of the University.
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