Researchers for Asylum Seekers aims to influence policy to ensure equity, justice and human rights for all refugees and people seeking asylum, regardless of how they have entered the country via:
- Educating the wider community about the facts associated with refugee and people seeking asylum policies and issues;
- Contributing research-based knowledge for lobbying the government to change harmful policies and practices;
- Establishing a dialogue with advocates, practitioners and academics to develop equitable, just and evidence-based policy initiatives, and to promote debate on people seeking asylum issues;
- Nurturing the development of new and established researchers on refugee issues, promoting their research, and growing research networks.
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RAS members receive notices of events of interest and are welcome to attend monthly RAS committee meetings and contribute to RAS activities. We also welcome suggestions for projects from RAS members. Please note that the list of RAS member names will not be published or shared without permission. Email us to join.
The RAS Committee meets from 4.00pm to 5.00pm on the first Wednesday of each month (no meetings in Dec or Jan).
The meetings are used as an opportunity to suggest and discuss potential RAS projects and report back on the progress of projects already underway. While the meetings follow an agenda, they are informal and relaxed.
If you would like to suggest an agenda item, email a week before each meeting. Issues not on the agenda are raised and discussed towards the end of meetings.
All RAS members are welcome to attend, as are members of the community interested in the work of RAS or the issues facing people seeking asylum and refugees in Australia.
Melbourne Social Equity Institute Meeting Room
201 Grattan St
University of Melbourne
Nick Haslam Director
Karen Block Deputy Director
Charlene Edwards Committee Member
Rhys Stephens Committee Member
Angeline Ferdinand Committee Member
Annette Herrera Committee Member
Carly Copolov Committee Member
Ravini Abeywickrama Committee Member
Ms Madeleine Gow Head, Public Influence, World Vision Australia
Ms Corinne Grant Television Presenter
Dr. Arnold Zable Writer & Educator
Prof. Margot Prior AO School of Psychological Sciences, University of Melbourne
Assoc. Prof. Anne Sanson Department of Pediatrics, University of Melbourne
Dr. Deborah Zion Centre for Human Bioethics, Monash University
Prof. Di Bretherton Former Director, International Peace & Conflict Resolution Centre, University of Melbourne
Mr Kon Karapanagiotidis Coordinator, Asylum Seeker Resource Centre
Assoc. Prof. Harry Minas School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne
Dr. Winsome Roberts Department of Social Work, University of Melbourne
Prof. Patrick McGorry Department of Psychiatry, University of Melbourne
Dr. Ida Kaplan Foundation for the Survivors of Torture and Trauma
Mr David Manne Coordinator, Refugee and Immigration Legal Centre
Dr. Alice Garner Former Vice-Chancellor's Fellow, University of Melbourne; Actor & Musician