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Associate Professor Helen Forbes-Mewett is Discipline Head of Sociology, School of Social Sciences and Deputy Director of the Monash Migration and Inclusion Centre. Helen's interdisciplinary background includes Sociology, Psychology and International Business, degrees all awarded by Monash University. Her work focuses on human security, migration, cultural diversity, and social cohesion, with a particular focus on international students. Since 2018, Helen has supervised to completion eight PhD theses. In addition, Helen is currently supervising a 12 Higher Degree Research students from 10 different countries - all undertaking work relating to migration, international education/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) Research Committee
  • Editorial Board Member and Associate Editor, Journal of International Students
  • 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 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education


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