Fidelma Breen

Dr Fidelma Breen

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. 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. 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. 

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  • Journals

    Year Citation
    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.
    DOI
    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.
    DOI Scopus2 WoS2
  • Books

    Year Citation
    2019 Breen, F. (2019). Irish South Australia: new histories and insights (Vol. 1, 1 ed.). F. Breen (Ed.).
    2019 Breen, F. (2019). Irish South Australia: new histories and insights (Vol. 1, 1 ed.). F. Breen (Ed.).
  • Book Chapters

    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.
    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: Taylor and Francis.
  • Conference Papers

    Year Citation
    2018 Wasserman, R., & Breen, F. (2018). Highway to home: international migrant settlement in regional South Australia. In Unpublished. Darwin.
  • Conference Items

    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

  • Position: University Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Phone: 83134815
  • Email: fidelma.breen@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Napier, floor 4
  • Room: 4 23
  • Org Unit: Hugo Centre for Migration and Population Research

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