Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education

Migration, Mobilities and Belonging (MMoB)

(Photographs courtesy of Alex Soares Photography)(Photographs courtesy of Alex Soares Photography)

(Photographs courtesy of
Alex Soares Photography)

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Email: mmob@uwa.edu.au

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About us

Based at the premier university in the most isolated capital city in the world, Perth, which is also a centre for global capital and a hub for the international labour and education markets, the MMoB seeks to take advantage of Perth’s reputation as one of the fastest growing and most diverse cities in the world, at the centre of Australia’s recent economic success and much of its migration.

Perth is closer to Asia than much of the rest of Australia, and faces the Indian Ocean region, and Africa. It also shares the same time zone with much of Asia. From this vantage point, MMoB addresses questions of global flows and circulations. The city offers a key site for investigating the causes, effects, and parameters of human mobilities.

Incorporating perspectives from Anthropology, Sociology, Cultural Studies, Geography, History, Health, and more, MMoB draws upon a range of qualitative and quantitative techniques, to investigate how movement generates new forms of subjectivity and new political formations, new uses of space, new forms and imaginings of emplacement and social transformations more generally. We seek to understand and address some of the most urgent social, cultural, political and economic questions of our era.

Focused particularly on our region, we address a range of pressing questions. These include:

  • Patterns of human migration within and across national boundaries
  • The economic, social and cultural implications of various forms of migration – economic, social, humanitarian, permanent, temporary, etc.
  • The opportunities created, and the tensions arising from the transplantation of ideas, beliefs, practices across various political and social boundaries,
  • The curious thickening of national borders associated with the increasing porosity of these same boundaries as a consequence of globalisation
  • The imperative for social mobility associated with intra- and international migration.
  • The social, economic and cultural implications of short term movements resulting from tourism, and working and student visas

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