Young Australians and their attitudes towards diversity, migrants and asylum seekers: Insights from the Our Lives project

Youth Research Centre Seminar Series 2016

Professor Zlatko Skrbis, Monash University.

Facilitated by Professor Johanna Wyn, Youth Research Centre, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne.

The Our Lives project is an ongoing longitudinal study of young people in Queensland. This project commenced in 2006 and follows the social orientations of a single-age cohort of young people as they move from adolescence into adulthood. By combining large-scale survey research with in-depth interviewing, the Our Lives project assesses major theories about contemporary social change and its implications for young people’s life pathways. One aim of this project is to consider the impact of global change and uncertainty on young people’s emerging attitudes and behaviours. In light of large-scale involuntary migration being considered one the most significant global risks of our time,  this presentation will focus on the attitudes of young Australians towards cultural diversity, migrants, and asylum seekers. These findings offer considerable insight into the preparedness of young people in this country to embrace diversity.


Professor Zlatko Skrbis

Professor Zlatko Skrbi┼í is Vice-Provost (Graduate Education) and a Professor of Sociology in the School of Sciences at Monash University. He is also an Honorary Monash-Warwick Professor and Honorary Professor at The University of Queensland. His research spans the areas of migration studies, social theory and life-course studies. He is the author of numerous papers which have appeared in some of the key international journals. His recent books include Cosmopolitanism: Uses of the Idea (2013, with Woodward), The Sociology of Cosmopolitanism (2009, with Kendall and Woodward) and Constructing Singapore (2008, with Barr; Arabic translation in 2013). Since 2006, he has been the principal chief investigator on the multi-wave ARC Discovery Project titled ‘Social Futures and Life Pathways of Young People in Queensland'.