Helen Forbes-Mewett


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Dr Helen Forbes-Mewett is Senior Lecturer in Sociology, School of Social Sciences. Helen holds a BA (Honours, First Class) and PhD, both from Monash. Helen is Discipline Head of Sociology and Deputy Director of the Monash Migration and Inclusion Centre. Her work focuses on human security, cultural diversity, international students and social cohesion. Since 2018, Helen has supervised to completion five PhD theses with another one presently under examination. In addition, Helen is currently supervising a 11 Higher Degree Research students from nine different countries - all undertaking work relating to migration, international students and social inclusion. Helen also sits on the following boards/committees:

  • Victorian Multiculltural Commission, Regional Advisory Council (Eastern Region) 
  • Chinese Centre for Holistic Health Advisory Board
  • Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust, Community Consultative Committee
  • 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) Reserch Committee

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Projects 2010 2022

INVEST: International students' sexual and intimate partner violence experiences study

Tarzia, L., Forbes-Mewett, H., Tran, L., Hegarty, K., Segrave, M., Humphreys, C. F. & Murdolo, A.


Project: Research

Community Safety Networks Project Evaluation

Wickes, R., Forbes-Mewett, H., Gordon, E., Blaustein, J., Benier, K., Pickering, S., Powell, R., Hargreaves, K., Keel, C. & Helps, N.


Project: Research

Evaluation of the Social Cohesion Partnership Project

Wickes, R., Forbes-Mewett, H., Powell, R., Maher, S. & Van Kooy, J.

Victoria Police


Project: Research

Research Output 2003 2019

International students’ mental health: An Australian case study of Singaporean students’ perceptions

Gan, J. & Forbes-Mewett, H. M., 2019, Global Perspectives on International Student Experiences in Higher Education: Tensions and Issues. Bista, K. (ed.). Abingdon Oxon UK: Routledge, p. 228-242 15 p. (Routledge Research in Higher Education).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

Police legitimacy: perspectives of migrants and non-migrants in Australia

Schermuly, A. C. & Forbes-Mewett, H., 28 Feb 2019, In : Journal of Criminological Research, Policy and Practice. 5, 1, p. 50-63 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

International students in Australia: A review of the literature. Final report to the Scanlon Foundation

Forbes-Mewett, H. M., Wickes, R. L., Markus, A. B. & Nguyen, K. T., 10 Jan 2018, 75 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned ReportOther

My own business, not my children’s: negotiating funeral rites and the mobility and communication juncture among Chinese migrants in Melbourne

Han, G. S., Forbes-Mewett, H. & Yang Wang, W., 23 May 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Mobilities. p. 1-15 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Activities 2016 2019


Helen Forbes-Mewett (Keynote/plenary speaker)
5 Jul 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

Journal of International Students (Journal)

Helen Forbes-Mewett (Editorial board member)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial responsibility

Mental Wellbeing of Chinese International Students

Helen Forbes-Mewett (Keynote/plenary speaker)
27 Jun 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

The Official Opening of Song He Xin Yuan

Helen Forbes-Mewett (Advisor)
19 May 2019

Activity: External Academic EngagementExpert/ advisor

Australian International Education Conference (AIEC)

Helen Forbes-Mewett (Invited speaker)
11 Oct 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

Press / Media

Shifting perspectives of international student mental health

Helen Forbes-Mewett


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Profile/Interview

International student mental health

Helen Forbes-Mewett


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment