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 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. 

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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