About research conducted by the UNESCO Chair

 

One of Professor Mansouri’s many goals as UNESCO Chair, Cultural Diversity and Social Justice will be ensuring cultural diversity is accepted and embraced as a core tenet of humanity. There will also be a special focus on issues confronting African Diaspora communities, migrant youth and women.

The UNESCO Chair, Cultural Diversity and Social Justice has particular interest in:

  1. The social and ethical challenges of intercultural relations;
  2. The democratic governance of cultural diversity;
  3. Intercultural dialogue and conflict resolution;
  4. Global processes affecting migrant youth, African Diaspora communities and women;
  5. Youth and civil societies in Arab spring countries.

 

Selected recent projects and grants hosted by the UNESCO chair:

Democracy and Local Governance in Tunisia: Australian and Indonesian Perspectives

Partnership with the Council for Arab-Australian Relations (CAAR)

 

In 2016, the UNESCO Chair, Cultural Diversity and Social Justice partnered with the Council of Arab-Australian Relations (CAAR) to host a series of events which will use Australian experience as well as lessons from Indonesia’s path to democracy to support Tunisia’s efforts towards stable democracy.

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An Arab Exception? The Role of Civil Society in Tunisia's Democratic Transition

Partnership with the Council for Arab-Australian Relations (CAAR)

 

In 2015, the UNESCO Chair, Cultural Diversity and Social Justice partnered with the Council of Arab-Australian Relations (CAAR) to host a series of events exploring the role of civil society organisations in Tunisia’s transition to democracy.

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Islamic Religiosity and the Challenge of Political Engagement and National Belonging in Multicultural Cities

Partnership with the Australian Research Council and City University of New York

 

Between 2013 and 2016, the UNESCO Chair, Cultural Diversity and Social Justice and partners undertook research to understand the role that Islamic religious beliefs, rituals and faith-based community practices play in shaping experiences of belonging and citizenship in multicultural, western cities. In particular, the project aims to develop an understanding of the extent to which the emotional and spiritual aspects of Islamic religious practices encourage feelings of openness toward others and foster forms of civic and political engagement in multicultural cities.

More Information on the Intercultural Understanding project

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Intercultural Understanding in Primary and Secondary Schools

Partnership with Together for Humanity, Victorian DEECD, Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority, Pukunui Technology 

 

Between 2013 and 2016, the UNESCO Chair, Cultural Diversity and Social Justice and parterns undertook a large-scale research project developed to build an appreciation of Australia’s social, cultural, linguistic and religious diversity, and the ability to relate to and communicate across cultures. The ICU Project works with schools and systems to help them build ICU.

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Social Networks, Belonging and Active Citizenship Among Migrant Youth in Australia

Partnership with the Australian Research Council and the Centre for Multicultural Youth and the Australian Red Cross

 

Between 2009 and 2013, the UNESCO Chair, Cultural Diversity and Social Justice and partners investigated the extent to which young people use formal networks (such as government agencies and public institutions as well as community-specific and NGO support services) and informal networks (including family and subcultural networks) to develop a sense of social connectedness and belonging in a multicultural social environment.

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Teaching Diversity

Partnership with the Australian Research Council, Victorian Arabic and Social Services, and the Scanlon Foundation

 

Diversity: An Educational Advantage online teacher support is a resource developed by the UNESCO Chair, Cultural Diversity and Social Justice and partners in 2009 as a resource for teachers and the community.The book consists of a Model of Best Practice, Teaching and Learning Resources and Community-School Engagement Models. In particular, the teaching modules aim to broaden student awareness of cultural diversity and develop a more informed understanding of Australia as a culturally diverse nation.

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Tunisia's Democratic Transition

Tunisia's Democratic Transition