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Professor Alex Newman

Alex Newman is Professor of Management and Associate Dean (International) for the Faculty of Business and Law at Deakin University as well as the Director of Deakin CREATE. He has published widely in the areas of leadership, business ethics and corporate social responsibility, refugee and migration studies, organizational and occupational psychology, positive psychology and human resource management.

In recent years he has developed a programme of research that examines how can we support the integration of refugees and asylum seekers into the Australian workforce. From 2014-2017 he led an Australian Research Council funded research project examining the factors that underlie successful refugee integration in the Australian workplace. This project examined how organizations can support refugee integration into the Australian workplace and developed a training programme that focused on developing resilience and other psychological resources of refugees. He was also editor of the first special issue on the vocational behaviour of refugees in the Journal of Vocational Behavior. The special issue containing 12 articles focused on how refugees seek employment, overcome work-related challenges and navigate their careers after leaving their home country.

Alex is presently conducting research with non-governmental organizations and social enterprises examining the effectiveness of training programmes and internships in supporting refugees to re-establish their careers, and the policies adopted by organizations towards employing people from a refugee background.

Dr Karen Dunwoodie

Karen is a Research Fellow at Deakin CREATE. Having spent fifteen years working on and off in the tertiary education and corporate sectors, as well as running her own learning and development consultancy business for 10 years, Karen has acquired tremendous breadth and depth of knowledge and experience working internationally and locally, in both the higher education and corporate sectors. Currently, Karen consults and volunteers at a number of refugee and asylum seeker agencies in Melbourne, where among other things, she co-ordinates and provides food and material aid as well as supporting clients wishing to apply for tertiary education courses and scholarships. Similarly, she actively uses her extensive network to gain employment opportunities for those still waiting the outcomes of their refugee applications.

In her role as Research Fellow at CREATE, Karen is also working on a number of research studies, including examining the experiences of recently arrived refugees studying at Australian Universities; as well as investigating why some employers may or may not be actively including people with a refugee background, as part of their employment diversity and inclusion strategies. Karen is also an active member of the Refugee Council of Australia’s Education Special Interest Group.

Dr Luke Macaulay

Luke Macaulay is a Research Fellow and the coordinator of the careers clinic for people from a refugee background at Deakin CREATE. Luke’s PhD research explored the experiences and perspectives of Australian Sudanese and South Sudanese youths in Melbourne, regarding the transition to adulthood. Luke has a number of years’ experience working with and advocating alongside African Australian communities from refugee backgrounds, particularly in the areas of youth employment and education. Luke’s broader research interests include cultural experiences of becoming an adult, social and political belonging, and critical social theories. As an interdisciplinary researcher, Luke has worked and published in a number of areas including: refugee and migration studies, cultural studies, inclusive education, educational leadership, and higher education.

Associate Professor Jo Ingold

Dr Jo Ingold is an Associate Professor of Human Resource Management at Deakin Business School. Jo has spent over two decades working in and around employability support services, in the third sector and in policy, research and people development in UK central government departments. Jo’s research, teaching and knowledge mobilisation activities fuse human resource management and public policy. She has published on: the employability and skills sector (programme design, delivery and workforce issues); business engagement in labour market policy; and the workplace inclusion of disadvantaged labour market groups, including refugees.

Jo is currently researching digital employment service delivery and the digital support needs of newly-unemployed job candidates during and post-Covid19. She is a regular advisor to the employability sector in the UK and Australia and is recognised for her expertise on improving employer engagement in employability and skills programmes. She has published articles on employment and labour market disadvantage in a range of top-ranked academic journals. She is a member of the Employment Related Services Association, a Fellow of the Institute of Employability Professionals, a member of the Editorial Board of the journal Work, Employment and Society, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, an Academic Member of the CIPD

Dr Shiri Krebs

Shiri Krebs is a Senior Lecturer and Director of HDR at Deakin Law School, as well as a Fellow at the Stanford Center for International Security and cooperation (CISAC). Her research focuses on legal fact-finding processes and their impact on social controversies. In particular, her research explores the impact of legal terminology and institutions on attitudes and beliefs about refugees. To explore these issues, Dr. Krebs has utilized empirical research methods, including survey experiments and interviews. She has taught in a number of top law schools, including at Stanford University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where she won the Dean’s award recognizing exceptional junior faculty members, as well as the best teacher award. From 2005 to 2010 Dr. Krebs served as legal advisor on international law matters to the Chief-Justice of the Israeli Supreme Court. Following this role, she led research projects on national security and human rights at the Israeli Democracy Institute. In 2016 Dr. Krebs was selected by the American Society of International Law for the ‘New Voices’ Panel at the Society’s Annual Meeting. Her scholarship and publications granted her several awards, including the Lucinda Jordan Research Award (2017), the Franklin Award in International Law (2015), the Goldsmith Award in Dispute Resolution (2012), and Steven M. Block Civil Liberties Award (2011).

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