Salsawi Debela

Exploring the wellbeing of humanitarian migrants in regional Australia.

Thesis title

Exploring the wellbeing of humanitarian migrants in regional Australia.

Description of PhD Project

Salsawi's PhD project is researching how humanitarian migrants who are settled in regional areas of Australia has been integrating with the wider host society. It also attempts to explore how these migrants interact, settle, and make a living in the areas. Through this we will explore about the wellbeing of the migrants. We will compare and contrast the wellbeing of migrants with the host society. At the end of the project, we aim to develop a concise tool that can be used to measure the wellbeing of migrants.


Associate Professor Karen Block (Principal supervisor)
Associate Professor Celia McMichael
Dr Ankur Singh


Salsawi Debela is a researcher specialising in sociology and social anthropology. He began his career in academia at Arba Minch University after completing a Masters in Development Studies at Addis Ababa University. Salsawi taught and supervised undergraduate in the Sociology and Social Anthropology department.

Salsawi is motivated by a deep interest in understanding how societies' way of life (culture) and nature (the environment) on one hand and development on the other hand are influencing each other and interconnected. He is interested in exploring how these interactions shape society's way forward (development).

Salsawi completed his second master's degree in Cultural Anthropology and Development Studies (CADES) at KU Leuven University in Belgium. He moved to Australia to reconnect with family and explore all the adventures life can offer in Australia.

Salsawi works in the Ethics and Wellbeing Research Hub at the University of Melbourne.


Research Training Program Scholarship: Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship is provided by the Australian Commonwealth Government and the University of Melbourne

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