Romy Wasserman

Dr Romy Wasserman

Research Associate

School of Social Sciences

Faculty of Arts

Romy is an early career researcher at the Hugo Centre for Migration and Population Research. She completed a PhD in Human Society in the Department of Geography, Environment and Population at the University of Adelaide in 2015. This research focused on migration between South Africa and Australia, particularly focusing on the settlement experiences of migrants, including their transnational lives. Romy's PhD thesis received the John Lewis Silver Medal for Geography from the Royal Geographical Society for South Australia.

Romy's research interests include population and migration issues such as international migration, transnationalism, migrant settlement, and regional migration. She is passionate about teaching these and other Geography topics to undergraduates.

  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2018 Grant-funded Researcher (A) University of Adelaide
    2018 - 2018 Lecturer - Global International Migration University of Adelaide
    2017 Research Associate, Hugo Centre for Migration and Population Research University of Adelaide
    2017 End-user Engagement Program Coordinator Hugo Centre for Migration and Population Research
    2013 - 2013 Tutor - Global International Migration University of Adelaide
    2012 - 2012 Tutor - Population and Health University of Adelaide
    2012 - 2012 Tutor - Population and Environment University of Adelaide
    2011 - 2011 Tutor - Urban Futures University of Adelaide
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2019 Award Asia-Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards - SA (2019) - Spatial Enablement Category Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute – SA Australia
    2017 Award John Lewis Silver Medal for Geography 2016
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    University of Adelaide Australia PhD
    University of Adelaide Australia Masters
    University of Adelaide Australia Honours
  • Research Interests

  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2018 Wasserman, R. (2018). South African migrants in Australia: an overview. South Australian Geographical Journal, 114(1), 17-28.
  • Conference Papers

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 In Unpublished.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

    Year Citation
    2020 Wasserman, R. G. (2020). Living and working in regional South Australia: a case study of three towns. Adelaide, South Australia.
    2018 Wasserman, R., & Barrie, H. (2018). Decade of Humanitarian Settlement in South Australia: A Case Study of the Burmese Community 2007 - 2017.
    2018 Barrie, H., McDougall, K., & Wasserman, R. (2018). Murray Bridge: A Blueprint for Good Migrant Settlement.
    2017 Wasserman, R., & Gamlen, A. J. (2017). Literature review: Policy that encourages population to relocate to regional areas.
  • Theses

    Year Citation
    2016 Wasserman, R. (2016). Migration from South Africa and Australia. (PhD Thesis, University of Adelaide).
  • Internet Publications

    Year Citation
    2019 Wasserman, R., Lange, J. B., Tran, D., McDougall, K., & Barrie, H. (2019). South Australia's Multicultural Story. Department of the Premier and Cabinet, South Australia.
  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2017 - ongoing Royal Geographical Society of South Australia
    2014 - ongoing Australian Population Association
  • Position: Research Associate
  • Phone: 83133500
  • Email:
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Napier - Hugo Centre, floor 4
  • Room: 4 23
  • Org Unit: School of Social Sciences

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