Helen Forbes-Mewett

Assoc Professor

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

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Research activity per year

Personal profile


Associate Professor Helen Forbes-Mewett is a Sociologist in the School of Social Sciences. Helen Director of Graduate Research and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Sociology.  She is also Senior Fellow of the International Education Association of Australia. Helen is the author of five books and many scholarly journal articles. She is a Chief Investigator of the Fire to Flourish Research Program along with several other large research projects. In 2022, Helen was awarded the Noam Chomsky Global Connection Award - North Star Medal of Lifetime Achievement for outstanding achievement and success in transnational research and scholarly collaboration. Helen's interdisciplinary background includes Sociology, Psychology and International Business, degrees all awarded by Monash University. Her work focuses on human security, resilient communities, migration, cultural diversity, and social intergration. Much of her research has related to international students, migrant populations, and vulnerable and resilient populations. Helen supervises a large cohort of PhD students from many different backgrounds and countries. Helen is also a member of the following boards/committees:

  • Multicultural Settlement Committee 
  • Communities’ Council on Ethnic Issues (Eastern Region) Inc.
  • Victorian Government Research Institute on Social Cohesion (RIOSC) (Member)
  • International Education Association of Australia (IEAA) 
  • Advisory Board, Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Education

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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