Research focused on challenges created by disaster and their implications for the world we live in

We study crises, safety and disasters in contemporary social and political contexts, as well as acknowledging economic and technological developments and their impact. Our research ambition is interdisciplinary with connections between history, media studies, sociology, security studies and other social-scientific fields of inquiry. We take ethnographic, critical approaches to studying development, intervention and change in diverse settings, and conduct quantitative research where appropriate. Our research aims to communicate a deeper understanding of economic and social inequality and marginalisation in relation to crises, safety, issues of human security and the communities they affect. It helps identify and exploit opportunities for innovation and emancipation that often germinate in crises and chaos.

Theme leaders: Professor Sidney Dekker and Associate Professor Halim Rane


Migration studies is a key aspect of our research focus, and we offer specialist research on migration and displacement, trauma and memory, social inclusion, cross-cultural communication, disaster management, second-language acquisition and multilingualism, migrant, refugee and tourist mobilities, material cultures of migration, globalisation and cosmopolitanism, Islam-West relations, performance and creative arts for refugee integration, and the politics of migration, human security and development.

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ARC projects

Sanderson, P., (UQ), Aitken, L., Dekker, S., Venkatsh, B., Grundgeiger, T. and ,Liu, D. ‘Interruptions, work coordination, and resilience’. ARC-DP140101821 (2014 -2016). Total funding amount $489,000.

Other external grants and funding

Dekker, S. Sam Beveridge Memorial Scholarship, (2015–2018)

Dekker, S. Woolworths PhD Scholarship in Safety Innovation, (2015–2018)

Dekker, S. ORICA Living Stipend and Tuition Scholarship, (2014–017)

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