Refugee Council of Australia
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Melanie Baak

Dr Melanie Baak is a Research Fellow in the School of Education, University of South Australia and the convenor of the Migration and Refugee Research Network (MARRNet). In recent research projects she has collaborated with several refugee background communities recently resettled in Australia to explore themes including; belonging, schooling and education, employment, identity, home, place, transition, family and gender. She is currently a chief investigator on an ARC Linkage project exploring how schools foster refugee student resilience. Her book ‘Negotiating Belongings: stories of forced migration of Dinka women from South Sudan’ (Brill Sense, 2016) considers how forced migration shapes experiences of belonging. Melanie was awarded an Australian Government Endeavour Research Fellowship to the University of Glasgow in 2017 during which time she researched schools as sites of resettlement for Syrian refugees in Glasgow.