MMIC Next Generation Network: Update

This year, the MMIC Postgraduate Network has taken a new turn to include postgraduates and early career researchers who form the refreshed and formalised Next Generation Network.

The MMIC Postgraduate Network has been refreshed and formalised to include postgraduates and early career researchers, and is now the MMIC Next Generation Network. The Network’s direction is led by MMIC’s recently appointed Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Charishma Ratnam, and a Network Committee comprising Prabha Bogoda Arachchige, Suzanne Grasso, Meg Randolph, and Charlie Young.

Our Network members’ interests and research pursuits align with the Centre’s research portfolios, while also contributing to innovative and applied projects and community engagement. The group traverse diverse disciplines including sociology, law, health, criminology, geography, international relations, and politics.

So far in 2020, and aligning with the restrictions posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, we have held a weekly virtual check-in that has turned into a weekly Shut Up & Write session. These sessions are 45 minutes – 10 minutes to say hello and catch up, 25 minutes of silent writing, and then 10 minutes to debrief and say bye – and are designed to provide a collegial environment to support everyone’s writing endeavours. Please email Charishma, charishma.ratnam@monash.edu, if you would like to opt in to these sessions.

In May, we held our first virtual event that was co-led by our Director, Associate Professor Rebecca Wickes, and Deputy Director, Associate Professor Marie Segrave. It was a very candid conversation centred around constructing a research narrative. Topics of conversation included building meaningful networks and mentoring relationships, diversifying research expertise, and questioning what drives the research we do.

Another virtual event will be held in August/September around the ‘public academic’ including the importance of public engagement and sharing research to wider networks. Stay up-to-date with forthcoming events here.

We are keen to grow the Network and welcome postgraduates and early career researchers whose research interests are focused around migration, diversity and/or social inclusion. Join here.