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The Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation (ADI) is Australia’s leading social sciences and humanities research institute.

Our work investigates the implications of globalising forces in our lives and communities to power equitable and just change in society.

Bringing together world-renowned researchers from Deakin’s Faculty of Arts and Education, ADI creates cutting‑edge knowledge about citizenship, diversity, inclusion and globalisation that furthers scholarship, actively informs policy, and drives public engagement.

‘ADI’s achievements reinforce its national and international leadership position in social science research and reflect its commitment to research excellence and impactful engagement.’

Our strategy

Global events such as the COVID-19 pandemic, the Russia-Ukraine war, the re-emergence of far-right ideologies, the continued political instability and conflict across many regions, climate change, and the persistent racial injustices and economic inequalities affecting the global community – all of these critical issues underscore the urgency, importance and relevance of the intellectual work done by ADI’s researchers and the challenging policy questions they strive to answer.

Engaging with and responding to these major challenges of our time is rarely a straightforward task. It requires an approach that involves multi-level, cross-sectoral partnerships as well as multi and inter-disciplinary methodologies that can deliver transformative knowledge that are at once socially impactful and academically significant.

I invite you to review our Strategic Research Plan 2022–25 which outlines what the Institute aims to deliver over the next few years as a major research pillar not only at Deakin University but also nationally and internationally.

Our vision

Our vision is to be a leading international social sciences and humanities institute. We want our knowledge creation and dissemination to meaningfully affect lived human experiences by actively shaping agendas and informing debates.

Our mission

We aim to understand complex social issues associated with globalising processes through innovative, mixed-method multidisciplinary research. Our focus is on sharing our research through practical channels, engaging in partnerships and supporting high-quality researchers and doctoral students. We’ll contribute to knowledge construction and influence research developments, public debates and policy agendas.


We invite you to learn more about our past activities by browsing our Annual Reports since 2015. For more information about the Institute’s activities or documentation, please contact the Institute’s Executive Officer, Karly Stafford.

Our Leadership

Meet our leadership team

Our multidisciplinary team is led by Deakin Distinguished Professor Fethi Mansouri, UNESCO Chair for Comparative Research on Cultural Diversity and Social Justice. Our researchers come from diverse disciplines and areas of study, and work together in a vibrant environment with a shared goal of understanding the complex social issues associated with globalising processes.


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