Maria Florencia Amigo

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Introduction

The overarching question that guides my research is: How can cultural and historically specific understandings and practices around childhood/youth, education, and work can be leveraged to inform community development and social inclusion? This question brings together the diverse but somewhat connected research projects I have engaged in, by cementing them around the intersection of childhood/youth, work and education. As an anthropologist I am interested in cross-cultural and changing conceptions of these concepts, and how they are understood in diverse and dynamic contexts: international, local and multicultural. The ultimate aim of my research is to inform policy and practice for positive societal transformation.

 

Biography

I am a social anthropologist. After completing my undergraduate studies in my home country at the Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina, thanks to an International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS) awarded by the Australian government, I came to Australia to pursue doctoral studies. Hosted by the Department of Anthropology at the University of Sydney, my dissertation “Chasing Money: Children’s work in rural Lombok” explores the paid and unpaid labour of young children in a poor rural area of Indonesia, which I completed in 2005. In 2008 I was appointed a post-doctoral fellow at the former Children and Families Research Centre at Macquarie University, to study the formal and non-formal educational implications for children migrating with their families to Australia. This project, titled “A double transition: migrant children starting school in Australia” was funded by the former Department of Education and Workplace Relations and sparked my interest in multicultural Australia. In 2012 I was appointed Associate Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at Macquarie University, and while teaching an experiential learning PACE unit “Internships in Social Research”, I became interested in the application of the social sciences, and on the role of higher education institutions and external organisations in supporting experiential learning opportunities for students.  With colleagues in the Department of Sociology, I conducted research on the connections between higher education and employability, and the changing roles and identities of students and academics engaged in work-integrated learning. Since 2017 I am the academic director of PACE (Professional and Community Engagement) in the Faculty of Arts. This role has allowed me to further advocate for the university's community engagement, to offer quality experiential learning opportunities to students, and for research in collaboration with partner organisations. Recently, I have worked on a number of projects investigating university volunteers’ work in international development settings, children’s marriage in Nepal, and the ever-close relationship between higher education and employability, as it relates to young people.

 

Research Interests

-          Cross-cultural notions of childhood

-          Children’s education, work, migration and marriage in poor contexts

-          Diasporas and volunteering for development in multicultural Australia

-          Higher education, employability and future of work

 

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Projects 2009 2017

Research Outputs 2001 2019

Immigrant students in Spain compared to Spanish students: perceived relationships and academic results

López-Larrosa, S., Barrós-Pérez, C., Amigó, M. F. & Dubra, M., 1 Jul 2019, In : Revista Iberoamericana de Psicologia y Salud. 10, 2, p. 64-74 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
File
Spain
Students
Climate
Parents
Education
student
university
child protection
resources
learning

'All of us together in a blurred space': principles for co-creating curriculum with international partners

Bilous, R., Hammersley, L., Lloyd, K., Rawlings-Sanaei, F., Downey, G., Amigo, M., Gilchrist, S. & Baker, M., 3 Jul 2018, In : International Journal for Academic Development. 23, 3, p. 165-178 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

curriculum
community development
methodology
learning
student

"Classroom of many cultures": educational design opportunities in intercultural co-creation

Downey, G., Lloyd, K., Bilous, R., Hammersley, L., Rawlings-Sanaei, F., Amigó, M. F., Gilchrist, S., Baker, M. & Coffey, E., 2018, The globalisation of higher education: developing internationalised education research and practice. Hall, T., Gray, T., Downey, G. & Singh, M. (eds.). Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 45-59 15 p.

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

classroom
learning
staff
curriculum
overseas

Green sprouts: transformative learning in learning through participation (LTP)

Sakinofsky, P., Amigó, M. F. & Janks, A., 1 Sep 2018, In : Educational Research for Social Change . 7, 2, p. 132-145 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
File
participation
learning
learning success
student teacher
university teacher

Press / Media

Early childhood as investment

Maria Amigo

4/10/18

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

School and migration in Australia

Maria Amigo

30/11/16

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

America Latina en el festival multicultural de cortos

Maria Amigo

16/05/16

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

The challenges facing children of migrants

Maria Amigo

15/07/10

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Migrant children in cultural pinch

Maria Amigo

8/07/10

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment