University Postdoctoral Fellow
School of Social Sciences
Faculty of Arts
University Postdoctoral Fellow at the Hugo Centre for Migration and Population Research.
Fidelma completed a PhD in Human Society, in the Discipline of Geography, Environment and Population, with a thesis entitled 'Contemporary Irish Migration to Australia, 2000-2015: Pathways to permanence'. This research focused on contemporary Irish migrants to Australia, Australia’s immigration system and its underlying policy, settlement processes, mental health and social media as a platform for support in the migration process. Her thesis was awarded a Dean's Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence in April 2018 and won the John Lewis Silver Medal for Geography 2018 awarded by the Royal Geographical Society of South Australia. Current research interests include international and regional migration, diaspora and cultural identity.
Fidelma Breen is a University Postdoctoral Fellow at the Hugo Centre for Migration and Population Research at the University of Adelaide. She completed a PhD in Human Society, in the Discipline of Geography, Environment and Population, with a thesis entitled 'Contemporary Irish Migration to Australia, 2000-2015: Pathways to permanence'. This research focused on contemporary Irish migrants to Australia, Australia’s immigration system and its underlying policy, settlement processes, mental health and social media as a platform for support in the migration process. Her thesis received a Dean's Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence and won the Royal Geographic Society of South Australia's John Lewis Silver Medal in 2018. Her interest in migration, particularly the global movement of the Irish, stems from a lived experience of repeat and frequent migration. You can follow her on Twitter @DivaDiaspora.
Date Position Institution name 2018 University Postdoctoral Fellow University of Adelaide
Date Institution name Country Title 2014 - 2017 University of Adelaide Australia PhD 2011 - 2013 University of Adelaide Australia M.Phil 1998 - 1999 University of Leicester United Kingdom Postgraduate Diploma in Management 1991 - 1994 University of Ulster Ireland Bachelor of Arts Honours
Year Citation 2019 van den Berg, M., Winsall, M., Dyer, S., Breen, F., Gresham, M., & Crotty, M. (2019). Understanding the barriers and enablers to the use of outdoor spaces in nursing homes: a systematic review. Gerontologist, The. 2018 Breen, F., Coveney, J., & Pflaum, C. (2018). A literature scoping review of eating practices and food environments in 1 and 2-person households in the UK, Australia and USA. Appetite, 126, 43-53.
2016 Breen, F. (2016). Australian immigration policy in practice: a case study of skill recognition and qualification transferability amongst Irish 457 visa holders. Australian Geographer, 47(4), 491-509.
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Year Citation 2019 Arthure, S., Breen, F., James, S., & Lonergan, D. (Eds.) (2019). Irish South Australia: new histories and insights (Vol. 1). Adelaide, South Australia: Wakefield Press.
Year Citation 2019 Breen, F. (2019). Ireland, Home Rule and the Orange Order in South Australia. In S. Arthure, F. Breen, S. James, & D. Lonergan (Eds.), Irish South Australia: new histories and insights (Vol. 1, 1 ed., pp. 212-228). Adelaide: Wakefield Press. 2019 Breen, F. (2019). 'Yet we are told that Australians do not sympathise with Ireland'; South Australian support for Irish Home Rule.. In P. Payton, & A. Varnava (Eds.), Australia, Migration and Empire - Immigrants in a Globalised World. Palgrave. 2015 Breen, F. (2015). Emigration in the Age of Electronic Media: Personal Perspectives of Irish Migrants to Australia, 1969–2013. In A. McCarthy (Ed.), Ireland in the World: Comparative, Transnational and Personal Perspectives (pp. 198-225). New York: Routledge.
Year Citation 2018 Wasserman, R., & Breen, F. (2018). Highway to home: international migrant settlement in regional South Australia. In Unpublished. Darwin.
Year Citation 2018 Soebarto, V., Taylor, D. S., Barrie, H., Lange, J., & Breen, F. (2018). Using citizen science to explore neighbourhood Influences on ageing well. Poster session presented at the meeting of Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG) 2018. Melbourne.
2014-2017 Australian Postgraduate Award $78,000
2016 EU Centre for Global Affairs Travel Grant $2,500
2016 Walter & Dorothy Duncan Trust Grant $1,000
2015 Charles and Frank Fenner Award $3,000
Date Role Committee Institution Country 2018 - ongoing Member Australian Population Association Australian Population Association Australia 2018 - ongoing Co-Founder ISAANZ 24 Conference Flinders University Australia 2018 - ongoing Member Food Culture Health Collective Flinders University Australia 2018 - ongoing Vice-President Irish Australian Chamber of Commerce: SA Chapter Irish Australian Chamber of Commerce Australia 2016 - ongoing Secretary Irish Studies Association of Australia and New Zealand (ISAANZ) Irish Studies Association of Australia and New Zealand (ISAANZ) Australia 2015 - ongoing Co-Founder 22nd Australasian Irish Studies Conference — Australia 2009 - ongoing Founder Adelaide Irish Connect — Australia
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