George Tan

Dr George Tan

Research Associate

School of Social Sciences

Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics


George is a Lecturer in the Department of Geography, Environment and Population. He was previously a Research Associate at the at the Hugo Centre for Migration and Population, the Public Health Information Development Unit and at the Northern Institute at Charles Darwin University. George has over 10 years of teaching and research experience in Geography, specifically in the fields of migration and population research. He has a keen research interest in international migration, particularly around international students, skilled migrants, refugees and asylum seekers. Some of his recent work includes understanding the post-study migration outcomes of international students in Australia and the experiences of skilled migrants in regional migration programs.

His work connects strongly with industry and all levels of government as demonstrated by his recent appointment by the Hon. Alex Hawke, Federal Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs to the Australian Government’s Ministerial Advisory Council for Skilled Migration (MACSM). George is also collaborating with colleagues from various organisations and Australian universities to host an upcoming forum on exploring the resettlement of refugees in regional Australia which will seek to highlight new and emerging issues in this space.

George is a Lecturer in the Department of Geography, Environment and Population. He was previously a Research Associate at the at the Hugo Centre for Migration and Population, the Public Health Information Development Unit and at the Northern Institute at Charles Darwin University. George has over 10 years of teaching and research experience in Geography, specifically in the fields of migration and population research. He has a keen research interest in international migration, particularly around international students, skilled migrants, refugees and asylum seekers. Some of his recent work includes understanding the post-study migration outcomes of international students in Australia and the experiences of skilled migrants in regional migration programs.

His work connects strongly with industry and all levels of government as demonstrated by his recent appointment by the Hon. Alex Hawke, Federal Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs to the Australian Government’s Ministerial Advisory Council for Skilled Migration (MACSM). George is also collaborating with colleagues from various organisations and Australian universities to host an upcoming forum on exploring the resettlement of refugees in regional Australia which will seek to highlight new and emerging issues in this space.

  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2014 - 2014 Co-Course Convenor University of Adelaide
    2014 - ongoing Tutor University of Adelaide
    2012 - 2016 Research Fellow University of Adelaide
    2008 - 2010 Postgraduate Representative University of Adelaide
    2006 - 2011 Tutor University of Adelaide
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2012 Award John Lewis Silver Medal for Geography Royal Geographical Society of South Australia Australia
    2002 Invitation Golden Key International Honour Society Golden Key International Honour Society Australia
  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    Chinese (Mandarin) Can read, speak and understand spoken
    English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2005 - 2011 University of Adelaide Australia Doctor of Philiosphy
    2003 - 2003 University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Arts Honours
    2000 - 2002 University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Arts
  • Research Interests

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  • Position: Research Associate
  • Phone: 83134815
  • Email: george.tan@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 83133498
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: 230 North Tce - Adelaide SA 5000, floor 4
  • Org Unit: Centre for Housing, Urban and Regional Planning

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