Ellie Vasta

Associate Professor

1980 …2017
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Ellie Vasta was a senior research fellow at the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS), at the University of Oxford from 2003-9. She joined the Sociology Department at Macquarie University in 2010.

Much of her research (both in Australia and in the UK, Italy, Sweden, the Netherlands and other European countries) has focused on the situation of immigrants and the social and cultural practices which they develop through their interactions within increasingly diverse societies.

The theoretical underpinning of her current research is based on the themes of social solidarity and belonging, concentrating on how global processes and constituent states, people and cultures create a climate of equality and a fair distribution of power in a world that is defined by plurality and difference. Her concern is with the models of inclusion we build to incorporate difference, in particular multiculturalism; with the importance of social solidarity and transnational identities, community and identity; racism; immigrant women; immigrant agency; second and third generation Australians of immigrant background.

Current projects include ARC funded The Affinities in Multicultural Australia Project (with Professor Lucy Taksa and Assoc. Prof. Fei Guo) which examines similarities in values and practices that link diverse groups and individuals in multicultural Australia. This project investigate the affinities and differences that provide the basis for local belonging in multi-ethnic neighbourhoods among Australians of Anglo-Celt, Chinese, Indian, Italian, Lebanese and Sudanese backgrounds. A current edited book project (with Dr Justine Lloyd) on the notion of Home addresses the multiplicities of home by examining practices, tensions and critical debates and challenges conventional notions of home by questioning how home functions as a repository for complex, interrelated and at times contradictory socio-cultural ideas and spaces about people's relationships with one another, especially with family, places, spaces and things

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Projects 2011 2017

Affinities in Multicultural Australia

Vasta, E., Taksa, L., Guo, F. & MQRES, M.

4/02/1428/04/17

Project: Research

Affinities in Multicultural Australia

Vasta, E. & Taksa, L.

1/01/1331/12/13

Project: Research

Affinities in Multicultural Australia

Vasta, E.

1/01/1231/12/12

Project: Research

social effects
government policy
research project
migration
management

Affinities in Multicultural Australia

Vasta, E.

1/01/1131/07/12

Project: Research

Research Outputs 1980 2017

Reimagining home in the 21st century

Lloyd, J. (ed.) & Vasta, E. (ed.), 1 Apr 2017, Edward Elgar. 246 p.

Research output: Book/ReportEdited Book/AnthologyResearchpeer-review

migration policy
housing policy
cultural studies
social process
cultural heritage

Reimagining home in the 21st Century

Lloyd, J. & Vasta, E., 2017, Reimagining home in the 21st century. Lloyd, J. & Vasta, E. (eds.). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, p. 1-18 18 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review

Generations and change: affinities old and new

Vasta, E., 2015, Social transformation and migration: national and local experiences in South Korea, Turkey, Mexico and Australia. Castles, S., Ozkul, D. & Arias Cubas, M. (eds.). Houndmills, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 283-297 15 p. (Migration, diasporas and citizenship).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review

Aeolian traditions among third generation Italians in Australia

Vasta, E., 2014, In : La Questione Meridionale = The Southern Question. 4, p. 67-84 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Affinities in multicultural neighbourhoods: shared values and their differences

Vasta, E., 2014, Migration: the COMPAS anthology. Anderson, B. & Keith, M. (eds.). Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingEntry for encyclopedia/dictionary/reference bookResearch

Activities 2016 2016

  • 2 Invited talk
  • 1 Oral presentation

Affinities in Multicultural Australia: Shared Values and their Differences

Ellie Vasta (Speaker), Fei Guo (Speaker), Lucy Taksa (Speaker)
25 Aug 201626 Aug 2016

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Migration, Occupational Mobility and Values: Affinities in Multicultural Australia

Fei Guo (Speaker), Ellie Vasta (Speaker), Lucy Taksa (Speaker)
1 Dec 2016

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

Affinities in Multicultural Australia: Shared Values and their Differences

Ellie Vasta (Speaker), Sacide Ozkul Kusoglu (Speaker), Lucy Taksa (Speaker)
30 Nov 2016

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk