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Migration Diversity Inclusion

Graduate Research Industry Partnership (GRIP)


We live in a time of unprecedented globalisation, where migration through choice or by force is commonplace and rising. Our cities have become locations of ‘superdiversity’, bringing great benefits but also substantial challenges. Ensuring that our societies are inclusive in this time of rapid economic and social change is the global challenge that we address in this Graduate Research Industry Partnership (GRIP).

This GRIP will mobilise and bring together the considerable research talent at Monash University in demographic change and inclusion, resettlement, inclusive education, intercultural competence, building inclusive workforces and delivering programs to super-diverse communities. Both academics and industry partners are passionate about creating organisations and communities where we make the most of our cultural diversity and everyone can flourish.

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  • Professor Rita Wilson


    Rita Wilson is Professor in Translation Studies in the School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics and Interim Director of the Monash Intercultural Lab.

    Rita has long-standing research interests in women’s writing, translation studies and transcultural narrative practices. Her current research sits at the interface of migrant cultural studies, translation and intercultural studies. Rita's recent publications relate to various aspects of identity and culture in migratory contexts, including cultural mediation, intercultural competence and transcultural creative practices.

  • Professor Jane Wilkinson


    Jane Wilkinson is Professor in Educational Leadership, Faculty of Education at Monash University, Associate Dean Graduate Research and an adjunct in the School of Education at Charles Sturt University. Jane is Lead Editor of the Journal of Educational Administration and History and a member of the Australian Council of Educational Leadership, Victorian executive.

    Jane's research interests are in the areas of educational leadership for social justice, with a particular focus on issues of gender and ethnicity; and theorising educational leadership as practice/praxis. Jane has published widely in the areas of women and leadership, refugee students and theorising leadership as practice/praxis.


The PhD partnership projects span workforce development, inclusive service delivery models, educational equity and inclusion, program evaluations and impact tracking, and inclusive policy development.

  • Capturing diversity and social cohesion in a modern Australia

    Lead supervisor: Associate Professor Rebecca Wickes

  • Levelling the Playing Field: A comparative study of pay and conditions for women athletes and coaches

    Lead supervisor: Dr Claire Tanner
    Associate supervisor: Russell Smyth

  • How can we better support school engagement and academic needs of students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds?

    Lead supervisor: Dr Ruth Fielding

  • Innovations to support culturally and linguistically diverse communities accessing ambulance services

    Lead supervisor: Dr Leah Gerber


This GRIP offers partners access to thought leadership and international best practice of ‘what works’ in this dynamic field. Partners will benefit from having a graduate researcher in residence, under the supervision of leading academics, to co-develop cutting edge, practical solutions to their challenges.

With federal interest in ‘community cohesion’ growing, this is the ideal time to bring together partners from across government, business, education, health and community sectors to learn about problems across sectors and develop shared and effective solutions. Complex ‘wicked problems’ such as managing migration flows, diversity and inclusion are best tackled from multiple perspectives and through multiple partnerships and organisations.

Participating faculties

How to apply

The Migration, Diversity & Inclusion GRIP Expressions of Interest are now closed.

All EOIs received will be considered and a shortlist of potential applicants will be invited to attend an interview with the MDI GRIP selection committee. Following the interviews, the preferred applicant for each project will be invited to submit a formal online application with the University.

Applicants who already hold a PhD will not be considered.


  • 3.5-year PhD program with a full-time stipend scholarship
  • Unique, high-achieving student cohort, working collaboratively with respective industry partners
  • Professional development programs co-designed and delivered with industry partners
  • Expert supervision from both Monash academics and industry specialists


EOI applications are now closed.

Contact us

For any enquiries, please contact us by email to

Dr Isabella Ofner, Project and Partnerships Manager (GRIP)