Rama started as a doctoral candidate at Victoria University in 2018. His research interests have focused on the ways individuals and communities respond to and resist racialisation and structural and institutional racisms, how identity and belonging is negotiated in the context of Australia as a settler colonial nation, and creative practice as community pedagogy and a mechanism for social change. His research draws on critical race and whiteness studies, decolonial approaches, and critical and liberation psychologies, and his present doctoral research examines the role of emancipatory creative practice in the lives of African and other diasporas of colour. Rama is also the policy and research director at Democracy in Colour, a racial justice campaigning organisation led by people of colour.
Roshani's research interests focus on youth-empowerment, navigating ethnic identity and responding to displacement and racism, especially for young people from culturally and racially diverse backgrounds. Her PhD project is in partnership with Brimbank City Council's Neighbourhood Houses, located in Melbourne's West. The project seeks to respond to the structural and symbolic violence which persists and subjects Young People of Colour (YPoC) to racialised violence within neoliberal spaces. The study aims to create a proactive process of change surrounding the responses and resistance to racism by challenging YPoC's diminished sense of power within organisational spaces through a youth-led approach, and giving them a platform to challenge discourses which construct them as 'other' through community-based arts practice and self-determined cultural activity.
Jora Broerse joined Victoria University in June 2017 as a doctoral candidate. Her research is concerned with migrant settlement, interculturalism and superdiversity in the sports context and is embedded in broader migration and multiculturalism discussions. In her doctoral research she looks specifically at space making and lived multiculturalism in the sports context in the City of Maribyrnong and combines sociological and geographical approaches. She explores one the one hand peoples’ movements through the City and how sports facilities are used and on the other hand which everyday interactions with other users/neighbourhood residents take place. The construction of identity (personal and community) and experiences of (local) belonging are other key aspects of Jora’s research. Neighbourhoods provide excellent settings to study inter-ethnic and intercultural encounters in and through sport as they are home to a variety of formal and informal sports places. Her work has previously been published in the Journal for Ethnic and Migration Studies, Social Inclusion and the Journal for Intercultural Studies.