Bichok Wan Kot
Bichok is completing a PhD entitled Lost in Transition: Changing Dynamics of Traditional Nuäär Gender Roles and the Migrant Experience
The research investigates the choices and challenges confronting a little-known and vulnerable migrant group: the Nuäär of Sudan and Ethiopia. It focuses on how the changes in gender roles as result of migration and resettlement in Australia affects Nuäär family life, especially men’s experiences. It uses a qualitative research strategy with a constructivist theoretical framework, which emphasizes how knowledge is constructed through human experience and interaction. The methodology employed is the constructivist’s grounded theory as a research approach and use structured and unstructured interviews, focus groups discussion and participant observation as methods of data collection. Constructivist grounded theory is also used as to analyse the experiences of change for the women and men.
Monica’s research examines the meaning and practice of community participation from a local community’s perspective and its relationship with the Indonesian socio-historical context. Addressing the gap created by predominantly macro-political analyses of community participation, this study will apply a socio-psychological perspective. Taking a socio-psychological perspective, this study will explore community participation as a process through which people acquire and perform their collaborative sense of agency in their attempt to understand, question or transform their living conditions. Case Study will be applied as its methodology. The research is being conducted in Bantul district, Yogyakarta Province, Indonesia. Data collection was collected using semi structured interviews, focus group discussions, participant observation and archival sources. Thematic analysis informed by a critical disability studies approach is being used to examine the villagers’ understanding of community participation.
Amy’s PhD research focuses on a community arts and cultural development project, Bush Babies. The Bush Babies project sought to create opportunities for Aboriginal storytelling on country. Informed by critical scholarship on race, coloniality and whiteness, the study seeks to contribute to liberation psychologies by examining the role of Aboriginal counter-storytelling both within and beyond Aboriginal communities. Aboriginal counter-stories provide insights into the history, continuity, and psychosocial legacy of colonisation in the lives of Aboriginal people. The stories also highlight the strategies and symbolic resources Aboriginal people have used to maintain dignity, identity, and pride in belonging against the pressures of assimilation. Counter-stories are understood as important resources for social change strategies such as public pedagogy, which can be mobilised to challenge structural and cultural forms of violence.
Immigration is a challenge for those who migrate to a new country. However, for contemporary immigrants, the experience of settlement occurs in an increasingly technological era with internet access, mobile phone usage and social media, making it different from the experience of previous generations. This study explores the settlement experiences of Iranian residents in Australia with particular reference to their use of social media. It includes attention to online connections and face-to -face connections as well as the structure and function of social networks in relation to settlement experiences. Data was gathered unsung interviews and descriptive social network mapping in order to gain cumulative insights into the settlement experiences and social networks of people from Iran in Australia. This research will contribute to contemporary understandings of settlement experiences particularly for Iranian immigrants and draw out implications for social policy, community development programs, and service design and delivery.
Alexandra’s research is comparative and focuses on cultural identity/otherness and belonging. This multidisciplinary project juxtaposes the experiences of two immigrant groups, Nigerians and Colombians with the experiences of local residents, Australians in Melbourne and Italians in Trentino, as they perceive perceive one another in their respective social environments.Who is the other and how is ‘this other’ perceived and mediated by agency and structure across the respective geographical contexts are the questions this research seeks to answer. Scholarly work about otherness and post-colonialism informs the theoretical framework. A phenomenological approach underpins the methodological combination of narrative analysis and ethnography. Semi-structured interviews, participant observations and secondary sources configure the data collection instruments in both locations, Melbourne and Trento. The findings will provide a deeper understanding of human diversity, cross-cultural interactions and wellbeing, offering significant insights for policy makers, organisational actors and other stakeholders involved in the process of fostering inclusive societies.