Farida Fozdar

Associate Professor, BA W.Aust., PhD Well.

  • The University of Western Australia (M255), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • 1169 Citations
  • 20 h-Index

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Personal profile


Farida Fozdar (aka Tilbury) is a sociologist with a research focus on migration, race and ethnicity, refugee settlement, racism, nationalism and cosmopolitanism. She has published widely with over a hundred journal articles, chapters, books, and reports. Farida joined UWA in 2011 as an ARC Future Fellow, and is now in a teaching and research role. From 2016-2019 she was Deputy Head of Social Sciences (Research), and is currently Chair of the UWA Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Working Group. She coordinates the Migration, Mobilities and Belonging research cluster at UWA.

Roles and responsibilities

Coordinator, Master of Social Research Methods

Chair of the UWA Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Working Group

Deputy Head Research (Social Sciences) (2016-2019)

Coordinator, Migration, Mobilities and Belonging Research Cluster

Funding overview

Research Grants
Farida has received over $2.1 million in grants to research topics ranging from refugee settlement and belonging, nationalism and racism, evaluations of settlement programs, migrant mental health and wellbeing, mobilities across the lifecourse, training, education and employment issues for migrants, migration and media use, health and wellbeing, intercultural confidence among university students, creating inclusive school environments, international legal obligations and settlement support, and mixed race.  Her 4 year Australian Research Council Future Fellowship explored contemporary Australian identity, particularly affective aspects of national versus transnational and postnational/cosmopolitan identities.

Previous positions

Farida worked at Murdoch University from 2003 till 2011.

Teaching overview

Farida teaches a number of units as part of the Master of Social Research Methods, including SOCS5003 Research Design, SOCS5005 Research Ethics, SOCS5501 Evaluation, SOCS5009 Innovative Methods, and SOCS5001 Engaging Cultural Difference. She has taught previously in the areas of social research methods, race and ethnicity, refugees and migration, community development, and introductory sociology.

Farida supervises a range of postgraduate students. She has supervised students studying media representations of refugees and asylum seekers, representations of Australian identity, historical metaphors of migration, characteristics of various migrant communities, mixed race families, barriers to higher education among Sudanese, and more.  She is interested in higher degree students in the areas of racism, nationalism, cosmopolitanism, migration and refugee settlement.


Farida uses qualitative and quantitative methods to understand the ways in which racial, ethnic, national and religious identities are constructed, issues around refugee and migrant settlement, and questions of cultural diversity. She has a particular interest in discourse analysis. Farida undertakes social research consultancies including evaluating programs to assist migrants and refugees with re-settlement. 

Research expertise keywords

  • Multiculturalism
  • Migration
  • Race relations
  • Nationalism
  • Refugees
  • Australian society and culture
  • Discourse analysis
  • Research methods and ethics

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Research Output

Baha'i Faith

Fozdar, F., 2020, The SAGE Encyclopedia of the Sociology of Religion. Possamai, A. & Blassi, A. J. (eds.). California: SAGE Publications Ltd, p. 67-69

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperEntry for encyclopedia/dictionary

  • Measuring Mixedness in Australia

    Fozdar, F. & Stevens, C., 2020, The Palgrave International Handbook of Mixed Racial and Ethnic Classification. Rocha, Z. L. & Aspinall, P. J. (eds.). Palgrave Macmillan, p. 605-627

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter

    The Ethics of the Study of Social Problems

    Israel, M. & Fozdar, F., 2020, Researching Social Problems. Marvasti, A. & Trevino, A. J. (eds.). UK: Routledge, p. 188-204 17 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter

    Mixing race, nation, and ethnicity in Asia and Australasia

    Rocha, Z. L., Fozdar, F., Acedera, K. A. & Yeoh, B. S. A., 4 May 2019, In : Social Identities. 25, 3, p. 289-293 5 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

    5 Citations (Scopus)



    • 1 Submissions to or appearance before a government committee, inquiry or agency

    Senate Inquiry into nationhood, national identity and democracy

    Farida Fozdar (Consultant), , Mark Beeson (Consultant), & Benjamin Reilly (Consultant)

    30 Sep 2019

    Activity: Consultancy/industry and government engagementSubmissions to or appearance before a government committee, inquiry or agency