Staff profile

Dr Kemran Mestan

Senior Research Officer

University centres
Access and Achievement Research Unit

Melbourne (Bundoora)

Qualifications

BA (Hons) Melb., MA Melb, PhD Swinburne

Brief profile

Kemran's expertise is within social policy and equity, producing research in various publications. His research interests relate to understanding barriers to social and economic participation and developing policies to overcome them, particularly relating to the interaction of education, employment and welfare policies. Kemran was a researcher at the Centre for Human Services Research and Evaluation within the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services. In this role he worked on a number of high priority projects, including the Royal Commission into Family Violence and the Victorian Government's first Randomised Control Trial using behavioural insights. Kemran also worked as a Research Officer at the Research and Policy Centre of the Brotherhood of St Laurence. In this role he worked on a diversity of research projects relating to the causes and solutions to poverty in Australia. This included research reports and evaluations focussing on: education, training, early childhood development, employment, refugees, and place-based disadvantage.  Kemran completed his PhD in social policy at the Institute for Social Research, Swinburne University. His other qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts (majoring in political science and philosophy) and a Master of Philosophy, both at the University of Melbourne.

Recent publications

Book Chapters

  • Kemran, M. (2016). Access, achievement and outcomes among students from non-English speaking backgrounds. In Harvey, A., Burnheim, C. & Brett, M. (eds) (2016). Student Equity in Australian Higher Education: Twenty-five Years of A Fair Chance for All, Singapore: Springer.

Articles 

  • Mestan, K. (2016). Why students drop out of the Bachelor of Arts. Higher Education Research & Development.

  • Mestan, K. (2016). Access, achievement and outcomes among students from non-English speaking backgrounds. In Harvey, A., Burnheim, C. & Brett, M. (eds) (2016). Student Equity in Australian Higher Education: Twenty-five Years of A Fair Chance for All, Singapore: Springer.

  • Mestan K. (2014). Paternalism in Australian welfare policy, Australian Journal of Social Issues, 49(1), 3-22.

  • Mestan, K. & Harvey, A. (2014). The higher education continuum: access, achievement and outcomes among students from non-English speaking backgrounds. Higher Education Review, 46(2), 61-79.

  • Mestan, K. & Harvey, A. (2013). Increasing school engagement through theme-based curriculum. Peer-reviewed paper in Conference proceedings of the Australian Association for Research in Education, Adelaide.

 Reports

  • Mestan, K. Review of La Trobe University’s use of the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT), Access and Achievement Research Unit, La Trobe University, 2014.

  • Mestan, K. Evaluation of VCE Plus, Access and Achievement Research Unit, La Trobe University,  2014.

  • Mestan, K. Evaluation of the Bendigo Senior Secondary College Specialist Programs, Access and Achievement Research Unit, La Trobe University, 2014.

  • Mestan, K. Stage 4 evaluation of the School Partnerships Program, Access and Achievement Research Unit, La Trobe University, 2013.

  • Mestan K, Luckman M & Harvey A. School Partnerships Program: Stage 3 Evaluation, Access and Achievement Research Unit, La Trobe University, 2013.

  • Harvey A, Mestan K & Luckman M. Understanding First Year Attrition within the Bachelor of Arts, Access and Achievement Research Unit, La Trobe University, 2012.
  • Mestan, K. An evaluation of an employment and education pathways program for refugees. Brotherhood of St Laurence, Melbourne, 2007.
  • Stanley, J, Mestan, K. & Ng, C. Social exclusion in Boroondara: Stage Two, Identifying the issues for children who experience social exclusion, Brotherhood of St Laurence, Melbourne, 2007.
  • Mestan, K. Neighbourhood Renewal (Doveton and Eumemmerring) survey reports, Brotherhood of St Laurence, Melbourne, 2007.
  • Mestan, K, Scutella, R. & Allens Consulting Group. Investing in people: Intermediate Labour Markets as a pathways to employment, Brotherhood of St Laurence, Melbourne, 2007.
  • Mestan, K. & Stanley, J. STEP into residential care: A training program evaluation, Brotherhood of St Laurence, Melbourne, 2006.

Commentary

  • Mestan, K. (2014). Cause or effect, Power of Persuasion.
  • Mestan, K. (2011). Who killed social insurance in Australia and why? Australian Policy Online.
  • Mestan, K. (2010). Welfare quarantining: Reversing the burden of proof. Australian Policy Online.

Conference papers

  • Mestan, K. The value of themed learning. Australian Association for Research in Education Conference, Brisbane, Australia December 2014.

  • Mestan, K. Demographics are not destiny. Asia Pacific Education Association Conference,  Hong Kong, November 2014.

  • Mestan, K. Increasing school engagement through curriculum based learning. Australian Association for Research in Education Conference. Adelaide, Australia, 2013.

  • Mestan, K. Why Students drop out of the BA International Conference of Learning. Common Ground. Rhodes, Greece, 2013.
  • Mestan, K. Identifying and examining characteristics of Australian and UK welfare reform. Australian Social Policy Conference, University of New South Wales, 2011.
  • Mestan, K. Welfare policy and citizenship. Australasian Postgraduate Philosophy Conference, Monash University, 2011.
  • Mestan, K. Paternalism in welfare policy. Interdisciplinary Social Sciences Conference, Cambridge University, 2010.
  • Mestan, K. Poverty amongst privilege: child social exclusion in Boroondara. Australian Social Policy Conference. University of New South Wales. 2007.
  • Mestan, K. Action Theory and Dismantling Normative Theory. Australasian Association of Philosophy Conference. University of Sydney. 2005.

Media

  • Harvey, A. & Mestan, K. (2012). Language too big a barrier for non-English speakers. The Australian, 17 October.