Research Projects

HADRI Research Projects

Better Elder Care: Culturally and linguistically appropriate care and service provision for older migrants 65+ in Greater Western Sydney (ongoing-2021)

This project is undertaken in collaboration with SydWest Multicultural Services, and has been funded under the Western Sydney University Partnership Funding Scheme. The project aims to understand the needs of older migrant refugees (65 years and older), and to develop strategies to address their needs.

For more information contact: Dr Karin Mackay at and Associate Professor Nichole Georgeou at

Family farming, Lifestyle and Health (FALAH) (ongoing-2023)

FALAH focuses on Pacific islands societies, linking food systems to public health outcomes. It explores the relationship between family farming in adaptation to climate change, nutrition and health and places a strong focus on research translation and capacity building. This project is in partnership with colleagues in Pacific Islands, Europe and Australia through the EC Horizon 2020-Resarch Innovation and Staff Exchange (RISE) program, and involves five researchers from HADRI. More details on FALAH can be found here.

For more information contact: Associate Professor Nichole Georgeou at

Linking Relief Rehabilitation & Development (LRRD) (ongoing)

The concept of linking relief, rehabilitation and development (LRRD) emerged in the 1980s when practitioners identified a funding gap between humanitarian assistance, relief, and development activities. This research is of particular interest to HADRI’s researchers due to its intersection between disaster response and preparedness and its linkages with development. This project involves conducting research in this space through undertaking a systematic review of literature with an aim to establish an evaluative framework that can be utilised by practitioners and policy makers to evaluate the operational effectiveness of LRRD programs. The research team has published Systematic Review protocol and in the process of completion of Systematic Review of literature. The team has had successful summer scholarship programme in 2018 and 2019, from the Humanitarian and Development Studies degree programme, to support the ongoing research work. The team aims to brings out a series of publications in collaboration with students that will positively contribute to the literature and will be useful to practitioners and policy makers.

For more information contact: Dr Garry Stevens at

Mapping the wounded landscape of Swat Valley: From Taliban and iconoclasm to social growth and reconciliation (ongoing)

This British Academy-funded project will map the ways in which Swat Valley communities are recovering from a recent history of violence and fear experienced during the Taliban insurgency.  It will articulate the spatial rearrangements enacted by the Taliban and the gendered memories and imaginaries of the conflict as interpreted through the optics of the damaged, blasted, and sometimes rehabilitated archaeological and living heritage spaces in the valley. Working with the University of Malakand and local NGOs in Pakistan, we will bring to the fore the traces of violence and destruction through community-based projects that also reclaim sense of place and reanimate the significance of the Taliban-damaged heritage within a peace building process in Swat.

For more information contact: Dr Sarah Di Nardi at

The Consequences and Outcomes of Cultural Stigma from COVID-19 Ordinances (ongoing)

This research project studies the social impact of, and social response to, stigma emerging from the COVID-19 outbreak. Specifically, it focuses on the manifestation of stigma both in real space and through social media in Nova Scotia, New Zealand and Australia, jurisdictions with differing approaches to the COVID-19 outbreak. This project sets out to investigate how some members of society may be blamed for the origin and spread of the COVID-19 virus. Cases are reported of persons who look “Asian” being publicly shamed and blamed for COVID-19. Now with ordinances in place to flatten the curve, essential service workers, persons from low income, and those in unique personal circumstances may also face stigma.

For more information contact: Associate Professor Nichole Georgeou at

HADRI Consultancies

The Parallel Lives of Women (ongoing)

The Parallel Lives of Women (TPLW) is a Participatory Research Project that aims to investigate the health and wellbeing impacts of social welfare policies on vulnerable women from refugee backgrounds. TPLW proposes a two year creative arts therapeutic intervention and comparative study looking at health and wellbeing outcomes for Sri Lankan Tamil Women who arrived by boat 8 years ago, and Syrian women who have arrived in the last 3 years.

For more information contact: Associate Professor Nichole Georgeou at

Enhancing Knowledge on Remittances and Diaspora Engagement in South Sudan (ongoing)

This consultancy is part of a research project that seeks to analyse the remittance flows into South Sudan including formal and informal money transfer systems, diaspora organisations and networks, knowledge amongst diaspora of opportunities for engagement with South Sudan, and issues precluding diaspora investment in South Sudan. Estimates indicate that 4.7 million South Sudanese live outside of the country’s borders, with at least 2.5 million of those living as refugees.  A large proportion of the South Sudanese economy is being supported by those in both formal and informal employment, and there is an assumption that a sizeable percentage of their wealth is being channelled through remittance outflows from their countries of origin. Meanwhile, there are no formal mechanisms for remittances data collection, analysis and dissemination in the country with latest figures captured in 2013 and the Bank of South Sudan has not issued disaggregated data on overseas development assistance where remittances would be captured since 2013. A number of actors including from the Government are working with IOM South Sudan to conduct a study on remittance flows in and out of the country. HADRI inputs will then take this research to develop evidence-based policy proposals on remittances and diaspora engagement.

For more information contact: Dr Melissa Phillips at

Enhancing Research Impact in International Development (Completed)

HADRI won the contract from ACFID’s RDI Network to develop a practical guide to Enhancing Research Impact in International Development (ERIID).  The ERIID guide aims to assist Australian-based practitioners and researchers operating in the development sector to maximise the potential research impact of a project. It outlines approaches, tools and strategies to promote a research project’s outputs and outcomes, and to encourage research uptake and research use. The guide was launched at DSAA conference in Melbourne on 6 February 2020 and can be accessed here.

For more information contact: Associate Professor Nichole Georgeou at