Research Team

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Prof. Fethi Mansouri, Chief Investigator

Professor Mansouri holds the UNESCO Chair in comparative research on ‘Cultural Diversity and Social Justice’ and an Alfred Deakin Research Chair in migration and intercultural studies. He is the Director of the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation at Deakin University, Australia, the editor of the Journal of Intercultural Studies, founding Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Citizenship and Globalisation Studies and founding co-editor of the international journal of Social Inclusion.  Since 2010, Professor Mansouri has been serving as an expert advisor to the UN on cultural diversity, and intercultural relations.  He also sits on the advisory boards of various government agencies and NGOs including the Victorian State government and the Australian Intercultural Society respectively.

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Professor Lori G. Beaman, Partner Investigator

Professor Lori G. Beaman is Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Ottawa where she has held a Canada Research Chair in Religious Diversity and Social Change since 2006. She has the capacity and experience to direct large-scale projects, having led the Religion among Immigrant Youth in Canada project and the Religion and Diversity Project; the latter incorporating a longitudinal study on immigrant young adults. She is currently a co-investigator on two studies exploring accommodation and integration of minority immigrant communities.

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Associate Professor Serena Hussain, Partner Investigator

Associate Professor Serena Hussain is at Coventry University where she leads the research group on Communities and Change and is the Course Director for the MA in Global Diversity Governance. Her principal area of expertise is Muslim Diasporas in the West and she has extensive experience in applied policy research on identity, integration, and the spatial segregation of ethnic and faith minority groups. In addition to her portfolio of academic research, she has served as an expert consultant for a number of British government departments evaluating social integration and anti-radicalisation policies.


Magdalena Arias Cubas, Associate Researcher

Magdalena is an Associate Research Fellow at the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation at Deakin University, Australia. She works in the ARC-funded project on 'A Transcultural Approach to Belonging and Engagement among Migrant Youth' and with the UNESCO Chair for Comparative Research in Cultural Diversity and Social Justice. Magdalena holds a PhD from the University of Sydney. Her postgraduate research explored the benefits of re-embedding migration studies in broader social theory to gain a substantive understanding of social change and of key social, economic and political inequalities that affect the mobility and wellbeing of populations such as Indigenous people and ‘irregular’ migrants within and across borders. During her doctoral study, Magdalena was employed at the University of Sydney as a lecturer and as part of the ARC-funded project on 'Social Transformation and International Migration in the Twenty-First Century'. Her research interests include: human migration, migrant labour, globalisation and transnational processes, human development and inequality.