My long-term research interest is immigration and cultural diversity. I am motivated by a desire to understand how Australians from migrant backgrounds encounter diverse spaces and their experiences of racism.
I started my research career with a focus on media representations of asylum seekers, but have more recently turned my attention to representations of inter-ethnic (or mixed ethnicity) couples. This latter research focus has expanded into a qualitative investigation of inter-ethnic couples’ place-specific experiences of belonging and discrimination. In recent years, my research has also extended to consider the ways in which Australians from migrant backgrounds feature, and participate in, national debates on population, environmental sustainability and climate change.
My PhD research (UNSW, 2008) was focused on a quite different topic: child domestic work in Tanzania. While I am no longer explicitly engaged in research projects pertaining to children’s employment/labour, I have an enduring research interest in children’s and young people’s geographies. This is evident in a recent project exploring young Tanzanians’ use of plastic bag footballs, and in my supervision of student research projects on: ethnic diversity in children’s picture books; Generation Y and environmental sustainability; and children’s engagements with ‘nature’.