The University of Newcastle, Australia


Monday, 21 March 2016

Research Assistant Dr Georgina Ramsay has received her PhD in socio-cultural anthropology.

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Her thesis explores how women from Burundi, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo experience ‘displacement’ based on fieldwork Dr Ramsay undertook with women living in urban asylum in Uganda and who resettled as refugees in Australia.

Describing the process of her research and PhD as “two different beasts”, Dr Ramsay says she feels more confident now to speak in collaborative spaces and do the outreach necessary to make change.

“My research taught me about injustice, violence and range and how to funnel that into writing. My PhD however, taught me the confidence to tell those stories. My participants wanted me to disseminate their findings and because of that I relay their stories with a sense of responsibility to try and do justice to their lived experiences,” said Dr Ramsay.

In her role with the Centre of Excellence for Equity in Higher Education, Dr Ramsay works closely to support projects for Directors Professor Penny Jane Burke and Professor Geoff Whitty and is currently working on a book manuscript as part of a series.

With an equal passion for research, writing and teaching, Dr Ramsay looks forward to doing further work around refugee experiences of resettlement and asylum and exploring how this relates to access to education.

“I aim to critically unsettle the assumptions that are embedded in the forced migration narrative as a supposedly linear trajectory of moving from ‘displacement’ to ‘refuge’”, she said.

“After teaching and interacting with students for the past five years, I am now learning so much about the kinds of ideologies and knowledge’s that shape how students access and experience university. This is a very exciting and creative space to be working in,” she added.

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