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 3 PhD theses with another 3 presently under examination. In addition, Helen is currently supervising a further 10 Higher Degree Research students from 8 different countries - all undertaking work relating to migration 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)
  • Coordinator of Sociologists@Monash Research Network and Seminar Series
  • Co-chair of The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) Conference 2013, Celebrating 50 years of Australian Sociology, 25-28 November 2013, hosted by Monash University
  • Australian Research Council Post-Doctoral Fellow 2010-2013

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Projects 2010 2022

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

Journal of International Students (Journal)

Helen Forbes-Mewett (Editorial board member)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial responsibility

The Official Opening of Song He Xin Yuan

Helen Forbes-Mewett (Advisor)
19 May 2019

Activity: External Academic EngagementExpert/ advisor

Shifting Perspectives of International Student Health

Helen Forbes-Mewett (Contributor)
27 Jun 2019

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPublic lecture/debate/seminar

Comparative and International Education Webinar

Helen Forbes-Mewett (Speaker)
15 Nov 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to workshop, seminar, course

Victorian Government (External organisation)

Helen Forbes-Mewett (Member)
1 Jan 201830 Dec 2019

Activity: Industry, Government and Philanthropy Engagement and PartnershipsMembership of an advisory panel/policy group/ board

Press / Media

International student mental health

Helen Forbes-Mewett


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment