Completed Research Projects
Academics in the Department of Social Inquiry undertake a range of research projects across a variety of topics.
Explore our completed research projects:
Persons evicted to make way for development projects are inevitably impoverished.
People with an intellectual disability are at least two to three times more likely to develop a mental health problem than the general population.
This project uses a case study of Tongan migrants to investigate the practice of sending overseas-born children to live in the migrants' homeland for one or more school terms, often in response to concerns about their behaviour.
Home lands: Displaced youth and the development of positive transnational identities in a supportive local context
Home Lands investigated strategies for promoting positive identity-making among refugee youth by connecting them with the diaspora via communication technologies.
La Trobe University's ethnographic collection (stored at CAVAL, Bundoora) comprises some 976 objects from Australia, Melanesia and further afield, and is an important part of the University's unique history.
MCSers online: The role of online peer support for people with multiple chemical sensitivities (MCS)
This project examines the experiences of people with MCS who engage with online peer support groups.
This Melbourne based project is about the significance of work in the new capitalism. It uses in-depth interviews with workers of different ages and across a broad range of occupations.
This project aims to analyse the implications of temporary migrant work in contemporary Australia
This study focused on the transnational practices of Tongan migrants’ adult children, particularly their contributions of remittances to family and institutions in Tonga.
Using Vanuatu as a central case study, this research systematically analyses the link between sorcery and healthcare, including healthcare seeking behavior.
We develop a new theory on positive and negative effects on wellbeing and examine it in networks across Australia, China and UK.
This project examines the relationship between treatment-seeking practices, access to healthcare and health outcomes on the island of Ovalau in Fiji.
This project involved qualitative research including observation, formal interviews and focus groups during 2015 in Shepparton and Mildura,