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Centre for Research on Social Inclusion

Alumni

Laavanya Kathiravelu

Email: laavanya.kathiravelu@mq.edu.au
PhD Topic: Destination Dubai: migration and city-building in a rapidly developing city-state
Supervisor: Dr Amanda Wise; Associate Supervisor: Dr Selvaraj Velayutham
Laavanya's thesis interrogates international migration in the context of neoliberalism in Dubai. Based on seven months of ethnographic fieldwork amongst low-wage migrants in Dubai, her research explores the effects of the emirate's accelerated development. Findings are articulated in her thesis along five themes - discourses associated with Dubai, the state's relationship with migrants, migrants' narratives of empowerment, polarisations in the urban environment and social networks in the city. In doing so, her thesis balances readings of low-wage migrant labour as deprived of agency and suggests that possibilities of a liveable city exist.

Banu Senay

Email: Banu.Senay@mq.edu.au
PhD Topic: "The Turkish State and Its Cultural Attaches": Long-distance Kemalism in Australia
Supervisor: Dr Amanda Wise; Associate Supervisor: Dr Selvaraj Velayutham
Banu is investigating the production of various forms of Turkishness and long-distance nationalism among Turkish migrants in Australia by elucidating some of the important ways in which (i) the Turkish state nationalizes Turks in the diaspora; and (ii) the Australian state facilitates such nationalising attempts of the Turkish state through its way of implementing the policy of multiculturalism. Research findings will enhance knowledge about forms of political transnationalism and formation of diasporic identities by taking into account the impact of the dual national projects and discourses generated by the sending and receiving countries and how migrants respond to them.