Graduate Research School Available Projects Humanitarian migrants' settlement in Australia: A longitudinal study

Humanitarian migrants' settlement in Australia: A longitudinal study

Title of Project

Humanitarian migrants' settlement in Australia: A longitudinal study


Associate Professor Santosh Jatrana, Dr Yaqoot Fatima, Professor Gilbert Gee (University of California, Los Angeles)

College or Research Centre

Centre for Rural and Remote Health

Summary of Project

Over the last 20 years, there has been an unprecedented increase in humanitarian migrants all over the globe. The limited available evidence suggests humanitarian migrants settle less successfully, both economically and socially, than other migrants. Despite national and international attention, and huge expenditure of public funds, there appears to be little progress in improving the settlement outcomes of humanitarian migrants. Part of this gap in is due to the shortage of quality data. Additionally, previous work on humanitarian migrants’ settlement has been limited by and the use of cross-sectional data, which, not only fail to produce causal associations, but also miss the complexity of changes in settlement patterns over time. Using multiple rounds of panel data from the Building a New Life in Australia (BNLA) survey and longitudinal techniques, this project will address the following key research objectives, which are central to our understanding of humanitarian migrants’ settlement:

  • Investigate the economic settlement outcomes of humanitarian migrants
  • Examine the sociocultural settlement outcome of humanitarian migrants
  • Investigate the political settlement outcome of humanitarian migrants
  • Examine access to and use of government and non-government services and welfare benefits and their contribution to economic, sociocultural and political settlement of humanitarian migrants

The funding body is the Australian Research Council – Discovery Grant

Funding available: stipend rate per annum (and tuition fees/OSHC if applicable)

HDR (Higher Degree by Research) stipend  ($27,609.00 year 1, year 2, and year 3)

The scholarship offers the opportunity to learn about and gain experience in data handling, analysis and publication of large-scale epidemiological studies.

Am I eligible?

  • Meet the JCU’s HDR admission requirements if not already enrolled.
  • Apply as a full-time candidate
  • Be available to start in July 2021
  • This scholarship is for full time study in Australia and is open to Australian and New Zealand citizens, or onshore international students who are not currently receiving a scholarship.

How do I apply?

Prospective applicants are asked to provide:

  • A cover letter
  • An up-do-date cv
  • Full academic transcript
  • A summary (up to two pages) of your career outlining your experience in: demography, economics, epidemiology, sociology of health, biostatistics/medical statistics.
  • Details of three referees (email/address/contact number).

Send your application and enquiries to:

Associate Professor Santosh Jatrana
Email: [email protected]
Phone: +61 436940336

Applications close Sunday 23 May

Key Words

Humanitarian migrants; Settlement; Australia; Longitudinal; Quantitative

Would suit an applicant who

  • Has Honours, Masters or Equivalent in the Social Sciences with priority given to those with experience within the following fields: Demography, Economics, Epidemiology, Sociology of Health, Biostatistics/Medical Statistics.
  • Has experience with quantitative statistics software (SAS/SPSS)

Updated: 17 May 2021