Recognition and Precarious Mobilities: The experiences of university students from a refugee background

Adjunct Professor Sue Webb, Monash University (currently based in the UK)
Professor Jane Wilkinson, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
Dr. Karen Dunwoodie, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia

This presentation draws on the concepts of recognition and mobility as culturally loaded practices. The context is university education for people from a refugee background. The presentation locates recent empirical work conducted in Melbourne, Australia, within the wider literature on refugees and higher education, in order to consider issues of access, equity and internationalization. The empirical work recently completed is a qualitative study undertaken over four years exploring the experiences of people from a refugee background, accessing and studying in 7 different higher education institutions in Australia.  Through the frame of recognition theory as set out by Axel Honneth and Nancy Fraser, the analysis draws on students’ experiences to explore policy misalignments at different levels (international, national, sectoral and institutional) in relation to equity and access for all. The study has been conducted by a team comprising six researchers from Monash University, three of whom are now based elsewhere.

Refugees, Access, Equity, Recognition theory.

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