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Gilbert postdoctoral development fellow, University of Melbourne

Dr Niro Kandasamy is a postdoctoral development fellow at the University of Melbourne and is a sessional lecturer in history at the Australian Catholic University. Under the supervision of Professor Joy Damousi and Dr Jordana Silverstein, she completed her PhD in 2019 as part of Professor Damousi's ARC Laureate Fellowship project "Child Refugees in Australia and Internationalism: 1920 to the Present". She was a student visiting fellow at the Refugee Studies Centre, the University of Oxford in 2018. Her co-edited book, 'A Sense of Viidu: The (Re)creation of Home by the Sri Lankan Tamil Diaspora in Australia' is published by Palgrave Macmillan (2020). Since 2014, she is a research assistant on Associate Professor Karen Soldatic's projects on the lived experiences of women with disability in post-armed conflict Sri Lanka.


  • 2020–present
    Gilbert postdoctoral development fellow, University of Melbourne
  • 2020–present
    Lecturer, Australian Catholic University
  • 2017–2019
    Tutor, University of Melbourne


  • 2019 
    University of Melbourne, PhD

Research Areas

  • Australian History (Excl. Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander History) (210303)
  • Migration (160303)
  • Government And Politics Of Asia And The Pacific (160606)