Chief Investigators

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Professor Fethi Mansouri


Professor Mansouri holds the UNESCO Chair in comparative research on ‘Cultural Diversity and Social Justice’ and an Alfred Deakin Research Chair in migration and intercultural studies. Professor Mansouri is the Director of the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation at Deakin University-Australia. He is the editor of the Journal of Intercultural Studies, founding Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Citizenship and Globalisation Studies and founding co-editor of the international journal of Social Inclusion.  Since 2010, Professor has been serving as an expert advisor to the UN on cultural diversity, and intercultural relations.  He also sits on the advisory boards of various government agencies and NGOs including the Victorian State government and the Australian Intercultural Society respectively.

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Professor Zlatko Skrbiš


As a sociologist with an active and distinguished global research profile, Professor Skrbiš is renowned for his work in the fields of migration, cosmopolitanism, social theory and life-course studies and is currently the Principal Chief Investigator on the multi-wave ARC Discovery Project ‘Social Futures and Life Pathways of Young People in Queensland’. With undergraduate degrees in both philosophy and the sociology of culture from the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia and a PhD in sociology from Flinders University, Professor Skrbiš is also the author of four books, widely published in a number of scholarly journals and an Honorary Professor at both the University of Queensland and Warwick University.


Industry Partners

Steven Francis

national manager - advocacy, Australian red cross


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Carmel Guerra

Chief Executive Officer, Centre for Multicultural Youth

For over 30 years, Carmel Guerra has been a strong advocate for young people of refugee and migrant backgrounds in Victoria. In 1988, Carmel helped form the Ethnic Youth Issues Network and in 2000 established the Centre for Multicultural Youth Issues (CMYI). These organisations seeded the Centre for Multicultural Youth (CMY) in 2007, Victoria’s first independent organisation to work exclusively with young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds. Carmel is recognised for her knowledge on multicultural youth issues and her commentary has been published in major newspapers and journals. She has served on numerous boards and committees and is currently a member of the Youth Parole Board of Victoria, the Victorian Children’s Council, the Migration Council of Australia and the Settlement Services Advisory Council. Carmel is also the Chairperson of the Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network (MYAN), the national peak body representing multicultural youth issues in Australia.

Carmel was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia in 2016 for services to multicultural youth in Victoria, the Victorian Premier’s Award for Community Harmony in 2015 and the Centenary Medal for services to young people from migrant and refugee communities in 2005. She was also awarded a Not-for-Profit Fellowship at Harvard Business School in 2016.


Soo-Lin Quek

Knowledge and Advocacy Manager, Centre for Multicultural Youth

Soo-Lin has over 20 years’ experience in the community and government sectors. She has managed significant policy and program areas in the Victorian Government. Her previous experience in the community sector ranges from managing community based organisations to policy and community development work in the youth, multicultural, health, family violence, human rights and public housing sectors. As part of her role, she oversees CMY policy, research and advocacy on emerging issues for young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds. To ensure that the voices of young people are clearly represented in this, she also oversees the Youth Leadership team which builds the capacity of young people to have a voice in the broader community.


Other researchers on the team included:


·       Melinda Chiment

·       Ameera Karimshah

·       Liudmila Kirpitchenko

·       Maša Mikola

·       Libby Effeney