Associate Professor Shanthi Robertson

Profile photo of Dr Shanthi RobertsonShanthi Robertson is an Associate Professor at the School of Humanities and Communication Arts and an ICS School-based Member and Institute Fellow. Shanthi was awarded her PhD in International Studies from RMIT University in 2009.

She worked as a lecturer in Global Studies and researcher at the Globalism Research Centre at RMIT University until she joined the Institute in 2013.

Her research interests are broadly around the social and cultural consequences of globalisation, with a specific focus on transnational migration, citizenship, multiculturalism and urban social change within the Asia-Pacific region.

Shanthi is currently working on an ARC DECRA project on temporality, mobility and Asian temporary migration to Australia.


  • Graduate Certificate Tertiary Teaching and Learning, 2010, RMIT University, Melbourne
  • PhD (International Studies), 2009, RMIT University, Melbourne
  • Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Certificate, 2003, Language Specialists International, Berlin
  • BA (Hons, European Studies), 2002, University of Western Australia

Awards and Recognition

  • 2014: Raewyn Connell Prize
  • 2011: RMIT University Teaching Excellence Award: Early Career Academic
  • 2005: Australian Postgraduate Award

Selected Publications

Robertson, S (in press), 'Transnationalism and citizenship', in J Stone, RM Dennis, PS Rizova & AD Smith (eds), The Blackwell encyclopedia of race, ethnicity and nationalism, Wiley-Blackwell, Chicester.

Robertson, S & Rogers, D 2019, 'Education, real estate, immigration: brokerage assemblages and Asian mobilities', in M Watkins, C Ho & R Butler (eds), Asian migration and education cultures in the Anglosphere (opens in a new window), London, Routledge.

Robertson, S 2019, 'Status-making: rethinking migrant categorization' (opens in a new window), Journal of Sociology, vol. 55, no. 2, pp. 219–233.

Soldatic, K, Magee, L & Robertson, S 2019, 'Temporal negotiations of social inclusion: temporality, mobility, and encounter in disabled people’s lifeworlds: commentary on “Using the concept of encounter” (Bigby & Wiesel, 2018)' (opens in a new window), Research and Practice in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, DOI: 10.1080/23297018.2019.1580150.

Dal Maso, G, Roberston, S & Rogers, D 2019, 'Cultural platform capitalism: extracting value from cultural asymmetries in RealTech' (opens in a new window), Social & Cultural Geography, DOI: 10.1080/14649365.2019.1601246.

Tuxen, N & Robertson, S 2018, 'Brokering International Education and (re)producing Class in Mumbai' (opens in a new window), International Migration, DOI: 10.1111/imig.12516.

Robertson, R 2018, 'Migrant, interrupted: the temporalities of ‘staggered’ migration from Asia to Australia' (opens in a new window), Current Sociology, DOI: 10.1177/0011392118792920.

Robertson, S, Harris, A & Baldassar, L 2017, 'Mobile transitions: a conceptual framework for researching a generation on the move' (opens in a new window), Journal of Youth Studies, pp. 1-15. DOI: 10.1080/13676261.2017.1362101.

Westcott, H & Robertson, S 2017, 'Childcare, mobility decisions and "staggered" migration' (opens in a new window), Migration, Mobility & Displacement, vol. 3, no. 1, pp. 85-100.

Robertson, S & Rogers, D 2017, 'Education, real estate, immigration: brokerage assemblages and Asian mobilities' (opens in a new window), Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, vol. 43, no. 14, pp. 2,393–2,407.

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