Our Staff

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 the Deputy Director at Deakin CREATE. She has worked, volunteered, researched and advocated in the refugee sector in Australia for the past 10 years and her research interests include progressing the field of refugee resettlement, principally focussing on career development and the impact access to tertiary education and training may have on the lives on refugees and people seeking asylum. Similarly, Karen’s research interests extend to 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. Prior to her commencement with CREATE, Karen spent twenty years working in the tertiary education and corporate sectors, as well as running her own learning and development consultancy.  In addition to her day job, Karen consults and volunteers at several 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.

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

Professor Marilyn McMahon

Professor Marilyn McMahon is Deputy Dean at Deakin Law School. She is also a registered psychologist. Her scholarship and publications are primarily in the areas of criminal law and procedure. She has presented papers at international and national conferences and seminars and in 2018 was awarded a Victorian Parliamentary Library Fellowship. In addition to her academic work, Marilyn has been appointed to several independent statutory bodies including the Mental Health Tribunal, the Forensic Leave Panel and the Intellectual Disability Review Panel. She is also a member of the Australian Forensic Reference Group, a diverse group of scientists from various disciplines who provide independent advice to Victoria Police. Marilyn earned her Doctorate (PhD) from La Trobe University, a Master of Forensic Psychology (M.Psych) and Graduate Diploma in Legal Studies (GDLP) from Monash University and a B.A.(Hons) in Psychology and LL.B (Law) from the University of Melbourne.

Dr Shiri Krebs

Shiri Krebs is an Associate Professor of Law at Deakin University and Co-lead of the Law and Policy Theme at the Australian Government Cyber Security Cooperative Research Centre (CSCRC). She is also an affiliated scholar at the Stanford Center on International Security and cooperation (CISAC). Her research focuses on international law and politics, humanitarian law, and the impact of legal labels on social attitudes, including attitudes and beliefs about refugees. Dr Krebs’ scholarship has been published at leading international law journals (such as the Harvard National Security Journal) and has been supported by a number of research grants, including, most recently, from the Cyber Security Cooperative Research Centre. Her publications granted her several awards, including the David D. Caron Prize (American Society of International Law, 2021), the Vice-Chancellor’s Early Career Researcher Award for Career Excellence (Deakin University, 2019), the Lucinda Jordan Research Award (Deakin University, 2018), and the American Society of International Law ‘New Voices’ recognition (2016). Krebs earned her Doctorate and Master Degrees from Stanford Law School, as well as LL.B. and M.A., both magna cum laude, from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Dr Yuen Lam (Fannie) Bavik

Dr Yuen Lam (Fannie) Bavik is a Lecturer at Deakin Business School. Prior to joining the academia, Fannie worked as a management associate in the Development Bank of Singapore in Hong Kong. Fannie studies the role of emotions in explaining individuals’ behaviours and social relationships in response to interpersonal, intergroup, and AI-human interaction processes (such as leader-member interactions, social comparison, social support provision, intergroup contact, and AI adoption at work) in the employment and organizational contexts. Her recent projects investigate factors that influence social integration, attitude, and employment prospect of migrant workers and refugees. Her work has appeared in top management journals including Academy of Management Annals and The Leadership Quarterly.

Dr Tebeje Molla

Dr Tebeje Molla is a Discovery Early Researcher Award (DECRA) Fellow in the School of Education at Deakin University, Australia. His research focuses on educational inequality and policy responses at systemic and institutional levels. Tebeje is currently leading a nationally funded project that explores higher education participation among African Australian youth from refugee backgrounds. He has widely published on educational attainment and integration outcomes of refugee-background Africana youth. Theoretically, his work is informed by critical sociology and the capability approach to social justice and human development.

Dr Kim Robinson

Dr Kim Robinson is a leading social work researcher with three decades of national and international expertise in working with asylum seekers and refugees. She works in collaboration with colleagues at both national and international levels that informs policy and practice in this field. Her publications and presentations at conferences advocate for ethical work with refugees and asylum seekers in health and social work settings. Her research interests are human rights, strategies for community development and empowerment of CALD communities. She has published in the areas of asylum and refugee mental health, family violence, social justice issues with young unaccompanied minors facing deportation, refugee settlement, and refugee experiences of home and homemaking. Her publications are in Q1 journals in social work with a focus on practice and theory and ensure a wide readership. Underpinning her work is a strong commitment to social justice, human rights, policy advocacy and practice leadership. Her research includes service users and services established to support new arrivals and people from refugee backgrounds, including mutual aid organisations.

Professor Sue Webb

Professor Sue Webb is a Professor of Education at Monash University, Australia (now adjunct) and was previously Professor and Director of Continuing Education at the University of Sheffield, UK. She has researched the policy effects and practices related to access and participation of students from under-represented groups in the field of further and higher education, including the experiences of migrants and refugees. Currently, she is leading a project funded by the Australian Research Council Discovery Project DP170101885 entitled – Vocational institutions, undergraduate degrees: distinction or inequality? Additionally, she has been collaborating with others in Monash University and Deakin University on a longitudinal qualitative study of the higher education experiences of people from asylum seeking backgrounds. She is also Co-Editor of the International Journal of Lifelong Education.

Katja Wehrle

Katja Wehrle is a Junior Researcher at the department of Work and Organizational Psychology at the Justus-Liebig-University Giessen in Germany. Her research interests cover topics on identity-related adaptation processes and career-related self-management in challenging and/or involuntary career transitions (migration, unemployment), with a special focus on refugees’ vocational behaviour and labour market integration. Her research further focuses on the healing and growth-fostering potential of work among disadvantaged labour market groups. Katja has published refugee research in the Journal of Vocational Behaviour and is a contributing author to the Academy of Management Careers Division’s Best Symposium Award 2017 for the symposium “Refugees in Europe: Careers and Labour Market Integration”. She is currently a guest editor for the Special Issue on “Effective strategies for humanitarian migrants’ employment, inclusion and integration” in the Journal of International Management. Katja has several years of experiences working in the care of unaccompanied refugee minors and in the areas of the education and employment of migrants. 

Associate Members

Bismillah (Bis) Hakimi

Bismillah (Bis) Hakimi is currently working as a casual RA at Deakin CREATE. He came to Australia in 2013 as unaccompanied minor when was 17 years old and successfully completed his VCE in 2016. Bis holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and Financial planning from Swinburne University of Technology and currently studying Master of Business Analytics at Deakin University Burwood Campus. In addition to his full-time study and casual role at Deakin CREATE, he also works part-time at IDP Education as Payroll administrator and is the current president of Dandenong-Mulgrave Toastmasters club, in addition he has also volunteered for Red Cross, and City of Greater Dandenong Council. Bis has a great passion for self-learning and in 2019 he received an Emerging Leadership Award from Swinburne University of Technology. 

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