Hurriyet Babacan

    Hurriyet Babacan

    Professorial Research Fellow, Rural Economies Centre of Excellence, Regional, Economic and Policy Development


    Professor Hurriyet Babacan

    Professorial Research Fellow, Rural Economies Centre of Excellence, Regional, Economic and Policy Development  

    Biographical note

    Professor Hurriyet Babacan has a distinguished career over the last 25 years with a proven track record of achievement in senior leadership and strategic management roles. She has a distinguished record in scholarship in research, teaching and learning and community and professional service. She has held senior roles in higher education, public administration, and research and training such as Pro Vice Chancellor (Academic and Research), Dean, Head of School and Director of research Institutes. She was the Foundation Director of the Cairns Institute (2009-2012) and Director of the Institute for Community, Engagement and Policy Alternatives at Victoria University. In the public sector she has held roles such as Victorian Manager, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Executive Director Community Outcomes Branch in the Department of Premier and Cabinet, Commissioner with the inaugural Multicultural Commission and CEO of Tablelands Regional Council.

    Professor Babacan brings extensive track record of leading multidisciplinary research in Australia and the Asia Pacific. Hurriyet has published widely in national and international publications relating to economic and social development including two publications for UNESCO. She has delivered keynote presentations at numerous national and international conferences. She has been Convenor or Steering Committee member of numerous high level conferences including the United Nations- Queensland Government Conference on Engaging Communities. Professor Babacan has been an expert member on numerous departmental and international working parties including the Council of Europe/OECD working party on wellbeing and Ministerial or Premier’s advisory committees relating to women, immigration and settlement, child protection, economic development, employment and education, multiculturalism, equal opportunity and regional development. Professor Babacan is a reviewer for the Australian Research Council. She is also editorial board member or reviewer for numerous international journals.

    Professor Babacan has been recognised for her work through a number of awards including the Order of Australia 2014 (AM) for outstanding contribution, as academic and author, and for furthering multicultural community, education and social policy development; Bi-Centenary Medal awarded by the Prime Minister, 2002 and the Multicultural Services Award by the Premier of Queensland. Hurriyet was the Queensland State Finalist in the Telstra Business Women’s Award in the for Community and Public Service category in 2003. Professor Babacan name has been listed in the Australian Women’s Archives as recognition of women who have contributed to Australia

    Research interests/expertise

    Professor Babacan’s research is multidisciplinary and espouses the principles of ‘engaged scholarship’. Her research interests include:

    • Social /community development and wellbeing
    • Regional economic development
    • Culture and diversity
    • Governance and policy
    • Gender

    Research Grants

    Research Fellow: ReCOE

    Indicative Funding: $508,727 over 3 years (administered by University of Southern Queensland)

    Summary: The Rural Economies Centre of Excellence (RECoE) is a multi-site centre of expertise in rural economic development located in regions across Queensland. It will be based in Toowoomba, Rockhampton, Cairns, Townsville, Emerald, Malanda and Gatton. It is a partnership between universities with key rural economic development expertise across the state:(i) The University of Southern Queensland; (ii) Central Queensland University; (iii) James Cook University; and (iv) The University of Queensland.

    Investigators: Jim Cavaye, John Rolfe, Allan Dale, Rob Cramb, Helen Ross, Stewart Lockie, Zhang-Yue Zhou, Trina Myers, Riccardo Welters, Diane Jarvis and Jennifer McHugh (University of Southern Queensland, Central Queensland University, Cairns Institute, The University of Queensland, College of Business and Law & Governance)

    Keywords: Rural Economies



    Babacan, A., & Babacan, H. (2009). Seeking asylum in a global world: A comparative analysis of refugee and asylum seeker citizenship rights, laws and policies in Australia, Canada and New Zealand. Saarbrucken, Germany: VDM Verlag.

    Babacan, H. (2009). Ethnic minorities: Negotiating identity in Australia. Saarbrücken, Germany: VDM Verlag.

    Babacan, H., & Gopalskrishnan, N. (2007). Racisms in the new world order: Realities of cultures, colours and identity. Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

    Babacan, H., Gopalkrishnan, N., & Babacan, A. (2009). Situating racism: The local, national, and the global. Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

    Gopalkrishnan, N., & Babacan, H. (in press). Culture and mental health: From theory to practice. London: Palgrave Macmillan.


    Edited Books

    Babacan, H., & Herrmann, P. (Eds.). (2013). Nation state and ethnic diversity. New York: Nova Science Publishers.

    Doyle, R. U., Khittisangka, M., & Babacan, H. (Eds.). (2003 ). Strengthening community competence for social development: Asia-Pacific perspectives. Phitsanulok, Thailand: Naresuan University.


    Book chapters

    Babacan, H. (1995). Unemployment and non-English speaking background people - Are government solutions adequate? In R. Hicks, P. Creed, W. Patton, & J. Tomlinson (Eds.), Unemployment: Developments and transitions. Brisbane: Australian Academic Press.

    Babacan, H. (1996). The Kurds: Why are they? Establishing Kurdish identity in Victoria. In T. Dalton, M. Draper, W. Weeks, & J. Wiseman (Eds.), Making social policy in Australia (pp. 154-166). Sydney: Allen and Unwin.

    Babacan, H. (1996). What do I have to do to get a job?  An exploration of training issues facing women from non-English speaking background. In R. Hicks, P. Creed, W. Patton, & T. J. (Eds.), Unemployment policy and practice. Brisbane: Australian Academic Press.

    Babacan, H. (1998). Out of sight, out of mind. In A. W. Anscombe & R. Doyle (Eds.), Aboriginal and ethnic communities in Australia. An edited collection of papers on Aboriginal and ethnic communities in rural Australia as presented at the Rural Australia: Toward 2000 Conference (pp. 41-51). Wagga Wagga: Charles Sturt University Press.

    Babacan, H. (1999). Do I belong here? An exploration of the issues facing rural women of non English speaking background. In L. Briskman, M. M. Lynn, & H. La Nauze (Eds.), Challenging rural practice. Geelong: Deakin University Press.

    Babacan, H. (1999). Visualising partnerships: Exploration of issues for global community development and strategic alliance building. In R. Doyle, M. Khittasangka, S. Seubsman, & F. Vanclay (Eds.), Building partnerships for better development. Bangkok: Centre for Rural Social Research and Charles Sturt University.

    Babacan, H. (2001). Turks. In J. Jupp (Ed.), The Australian people: An encyclopedia of the nation, its people and their origins (2nd ed., pp. 781-789). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

    Babacan, H. (2004). Gender and development Encyclopaedia of life sciences. Geneva: UNESCO.

    Babacan, H. (2007). Contemporary challenges for anti-racism: issues and strategies. In N. Gopalkrishnan & H. Babacan (Eds.), Racisms in the new world order: Realities of cultures, colours and identity (pp. 186-202). Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

    Babacan, H. (2007). Education and social cohesion. In J. Jupp, J. Nieuwenhuysen, & E. Dawson (Eds.), Social cohesion in Australia (pp. 142-157). New York, NY, USA: Cambridge University Press.

    Babacan, H. (2009). Women and religion. In J. Jupp (Ed.), Encyclopedia of religion in Australia (pp. 695-711). Melbourne, VIC, Australia: Cambridge University Press.

    Babacan, H. (2011). Creating belonging: Safety, racism and social cohesion. In A. Babacan & H. Tahiri (Eds.), Counter terrorism and social cohesion (pp. 99-115). Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars.

    Babacan, H. (2013). Gender, diversity and public policy. In A. Jakubowicz & C. Ho (Eds.), 'For those who've come across the seas...': Australian multiculturalism theory, policy and practice (pp. 161-170). London: Anthem Press.

    Babacan, H. (2014). Gender inequalities in mental health: Towards resilience and empowerment. In A. P. Francis (Ed.), Social work in mental health: Contexts and theories for practice (pp. 229-247). New Delhi: Sage Publications.

    Babacan, H. (2015). Human services sector development in northern Australia. In Regional Australia Institute, James Cook University, Central Queensland University, The University of Notre Dame, & N. One (Eds.), Green paper on developing northern Australia: A joint submission to the Northern Australia Taskforce (pp. 38-52). Canberra: Regional Australia Institute. Retrieved from

    Babacan, H., & Gopalkrishnan, N. (2005). Posttraumatic experiences of refugee women. In C. L. Rabin (Ed.), Understanding gender and culture in the helping process: Practitioners' narratives from global perspectives (pp. 149-166). Belmont, CA, USA: Thomson Wadsworth.

    Babacan, H., & Gopalkrishnan, N. (2008). New racisms and asylum seekers in Australia. In A. Babacan & L. Briskman (Eds.), Asylum seekers: International perspectives on interdiction and deterrence (pp. 143-157). Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

    Babacan, H., & Babacan, A. (2013). The Australian nation state: Managing multi-faith relations in a globalised era. In P. Herrmann & S. Sibel Kalaycioglu (Eds.), Social policy and religion (pp. 39-56). New York: Nova Science Publishers.

    Babacan, H., & Babacan, A. (2013). Equal valued status: belonging, identity and place. In N. Steiner, R. Mason, & A. Hayes (Eds.), Migration and insecurity: Citizenship and social inclusion in a transnational era (pp. 149-168). London, UK: Routledge.

    Babacan, H., & Gopalkrishnan, N. (2012). Transnational love and marriage in the Australian-Indian diaspora. In A. K. Sahoo, M. Baas, & T. Faist (Eds.), Indian diaspora and transnationalism (pp. 183-209). Jaipur, India: Rawat Publications.

    Babacan, H., & Gopalkrishnan, N. (2015). Ethnic minority groups in healthcare governance. In E. Kuhlmann, R. H. Blank, I. L. Bourgeault, & C. Wendt (Eds.), The Palgrave International handbook of healthcare policy and governance (pp. 615- 630). Houndsmills, UK: Palgrave MacMillan Publishers.

    Babacan, H., & Gopalkrishnan, N. (2016). Public policy, immigrant experiences, and health outcomes in Australia. In D. Raphael (Ed.), Immigration, public policy, and health: Newcomer experiences in developed nations (pp. 59-95). Toronto, Canada: Canadian Scholars' Press.

    Babacan, H., & Gopalkrishnan, N. (2017). Prevailing paradigms: Enforced settlement, control and fear in Australian national discourse. In A. Fischer-Tahir & S. Wagenhofer (Eds.), Disciplinary spaces: Spatial control, forced assimilation and narratives of progress since the 19th century (Vol. 14, pp. 189-219). Blelefeld, Germany: Transcript Verlag.

    Babacan, H., & Gopalkrishnan, N. (in press). Investing in the future: A critique of human and social service challenges in Northern Australia, Northern Futures Collaborative Futures Network, Charles Darwin University. Canberra: ANU Press.

    Babacan, H., & Herrmann, P. (2013). Nation state, social cohesion and cultural diversity. In H. Babacan & P. Herrmann (Eds.), Nation state and ethnic diversity (pp. 19-36). New York: Nova Science Publishers.

    Dale, A. P., Vella, K., Potts, R., Voyce, B., Stevenson, B., Cottrell, A., . . . Pert, P. (2016). Applying social resilience concepts and indicators to support climate adaptation in tropical North Queensland, Australia. In J. Knieling (Ed.), Climate adaptation governance in cities and regions: Theoretical fundamentals and practical evidence (pp. 23-43). Chichester, UK: Wiley.

    Gopalkrishnan, N., & Babacan, H. (2004). Human resource development: Ethics and justice needs for sustainable development. In Encyclopaedia of life sciences. Geneva: UNESCO.

    Herrmann, P., & Babacan, H. (2013). The state as a mechanism for exclusion: Nationhood, citizenship, ethnicity. In H. Babacan & P. Hermann (Eds.), Nation state and ethnic diversity (pp. 5-18). New York: Nova Science Publishers.

    Lewthwaite, B., Babacan, H., te Riele, K., Murray, D., & Thomas, J. (2018). Overview, conclusions and implications. In S. McGinty, K. Wilson, J. Thomas, & B. Lewthwaite (Eds.), Gauging the value of education for disenfranchised youth: Flexible learning options (pp. 131-146). Leiden, Netherlands: Brill.

    McGinty, S., Bursey, S., & Babacan, H. (2018). I just want an education! Young people's perspectives. In S. McGinty, K. Wilson, J. Thomas, & B. Lewthwaite (Eds.), Gauging the Value of Education for Disenfranchised Youth: flexible learning options (pp. 63-81). Leiden, Netherlands: Brill.

    Journal articles

    Babacan, A., & Babacan, H. (2006). Fear politics, new racism and the Cronulla riots. Migration Action, 28(1), 15-19.

    Babacan, A., & Babacan, H. (2007). Multiculturalism in Australia. Journal of Industrial Relations and Human Resources, 9, 25-38.

    Babacan, A., & Babacan, H. (2007). New racism and fear: The Cronulla riots and racial violence in Australia. Uluslararasi Hukuk ve Politika, 3, 147-152.

    Babacan, A., & Babacan, H. (2007). Sustaining human security: social cohesion, identity and human rights. International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, 3, 115-122.

    Babacan, A., & Babacan, H. (2008). Detention Downunder: new directions in the detention of asylum seekers in Australia. Uluslararasi Hukuk ve Politika, 4, 137-148.

    Babacan, A., & Babacan, H. (2013). The transformative potential of an internationalised human rights law curriculum. Journal of Transformative Education, 10(4), 199-218. doi:10.1177/1541344613478470

    Babacan, A., & Babacan, H. (2015). A transformative approach to work integrated learning in legal education. Education + Training, 57(2), 170-183. doi:10.1108/ET-07-2013-0098

    Babacan, A., & Babacan, H. (2017). Enhancing civic consciousness through student pro bono in legal education. Teaching in Higher Education, 22(6), 672-689. doi:10.1080/13562517.2016.1273210

    Babacan, A., & Babacan, H. (2018). Repositioning lifelong learning in legal education. Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning, 20(2), 122-148. doi:10.5456/WPLL.20.2.122

    Babacan, H. (2003). Cultural diversity and community development in Australia. New Community Quarterly, 1(1), 15-21.

    Babacan, H. (2003). Patriotism: The good, the bad and the ugly. International Journal of Diversity in Organisations, Communities and Nations, 3, 363-372.

    Babacan, H. (2004). Gender mainstreaming in Australia: Policy implications. Gender Development Journal, 64, 48-52.

    Babacan, H. (2006). Locating identity: Sense of space, place and belonging. International Journal of Diversity in Organisations, Communities and Nations, 5, 113-124.

    Babacan, H. (2007). Australians all: The values debate. Australian Mosaic, 17, 6-9.

    Babacan, H. (2011). Multi Is my culture. Etropic: electronic journal of studies in the tropics, 10, 13-19.

    Babacan, H. (2012). Women, citizenship and migration: The resettlement of Vietnamese refugees in Australia and Japan [Book Review]. Journal of Ethnic and Racial Studies, 35(12), 2217-2218.

    Babacan, H. (2014). Good governance and development in the Pacific. Journal of Pacific Studies, 34, 8-24.

    Babacan, H. (in press). Governance and management for social inclusion. Journal of Management.

    Babacan, H. (in press). Importance and challenges of social protection for the Pacific Islands. Journal of Pacific Studies.

    Babacan, H. (in press). Incorporating the social: An essential ingredient in inclusive and sustainable development. Asia-Pacific Development Journal.

    Babacan, H. (submitted). Valuing human and community services: Challenges of undertaking a social return on investment. International Journal of Community and Social Development.

    Babacan, H., & Babacan, A. (2007). Achieving social cohesion: impact of insecurity, fear and racism on migrant integration. International Journal of Diversity in Organisations, Communities and Nations, 7, 213-222.

    Babacan, H., & Babacan, A. (2007). Cultural diversity and education in a globalised world: implications for the Asia-Pacific. Journal of Education for International Understanding, 3, 7-25.

    Babacan, H., & Babacan, A. (2013). Difficult research conversations: Sharing socially sensitive research in the public domain. Etropic: electronic journal of studies in the tropics, 12, 52-63.

    Babacan, H., & Babacan, A. (2013). Migration, continuity and creativity in the tropics. Etropic: electronic journal of studies in the tropics, 12(2), 96-106.

    Babacan, H., & Gopalkrishnan, N. (2001). Community work partnerships in a global context. Community Development Journal: An International Forum, 36(1), 3-17.

    Crawford, F., Agustine, S. S., Earle, L., Kuyini-Abubakar, A. B., Luxford, Y., & Babacan, H. (2015). Environmental sustainability and social work: A rural Australian evaluation of incorporating eco-social work in field education. Social Work Education, 34(5), 586-599. doi:10.1080/02615479.2015.1074673

    Gill, G. K., & Babacan, H. (2012). Developing a cultural responsiveness framework in healthcare systems: An Australian example. Journal of Diversity and Equality in Health and Care, 9(1), 45-55.

    Gopalkrishnan, N., & Babacan, H. (2007). Ties that bind: marriage and partner choice in the Indian community in Australia in a transnational context. Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, 14, 507-526. doi:10.1080/10702890701578498

    Gopalkrishnan, N., & Babacan, H. (2015). Cultural diversity and mental health. Australasian Psychiatry, 23, 6-8. doi:10.3389/fpubh.2018.00179

    O'Mara, B., Gill, G. K., Babacan, H., & Donahoo, D. (2012). Digital technology, diabetes and culturally and linguistically diverse communities: a case study with elderly women from the Vietnamese community. Health Education Journal, 71, 491-504. doi:10.1177/0017896911407054.

    Podder, J., & Babacan, H. (submitted). Demonstrating value in flexible education in Australia: The social return on investment. Economics of Education Review.

    Other publications

    Babacan, H. (1996). How do we care: An evaluation of the multicultural residential care support program. Brisbane: Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland and Department of Family and Community Services.

    Babacan, H. (1996). Visible but not heard: Profile of eleven ethnic communities in Logan. Brisbane: Ethnic Communities Council of Logan.

    Babacan, H. (1998). Acting on diversity, investigation of and responses to vocational education and training needs of people from non-English speaking backgrounds. Brisbane: Queensland Department of Training and Industrial Relations.

    Babacan, H. (1998). I still call Australia home… An exploration of issues relating to settlement and racism. Brisbane: Centre for Multicultural Pastoral Care.

    Babacan, H. (1998). Looking ahead: Indigenous communities' access to vocational education and training. Brisbane: Koobara Aboriginal and Islander Family Resource Centre Queensland, Department of Training and Industrial Relations.

    Babacan, H. (1998). Needs of older Muslim adults. Brisbane: Islamic Women’s Association of Qld Inc.

    Babacan, H. (1999). Negotiating the real estate maze: Experiences of newly arrived migrants in the private housing market. Brisbane: Residential Tenancies Authority and Queensland Shelter.

    Babacan, H. (2006). Experiences of international students in rural and regional universities. Department of Education and University of the Sunshine Coast.

    Babacan, H. (2009). Cultural responsiveness framework: Guidelines for Victorian health services. Melbourne: Department of Health, Victoria and Institute for Community, Policy and Community Engagement (ICEPA), Victoria University.

    Babacan, H. (2009). Domestic and family violence in culturally diverse populations in Queensland. Brisbane: Department of Communities.

    Babacan, H. (2012). Gender mainstreaming in Australia: Contemporary insights. Paper presented at the Asia Pacific International Women’s Conference, James Cook University, Cairns.

    Babacan, H. (2012). Innovation in small business in Far North Queensland. Cairns: Cairns City Council and James Cook University.

    Babacan, H. (2013). People-centered approaches: An essential ingredient in inclusive and sustainable development. Paper presented at the 12th Pacific Science Inter-Congress: Science for Human Security and Sustainable Development in the Pacific Islands and Rim.

    Babacan, H. (2013). Role of discomfort and disruption in anti-racism. In N. Gopalkrishnan & H. Babacan (Eds.), Third International Conference on Racisms in the New World Order: Realities of culture, colour and identity (pp. 21-29). Cairns, QLD, Australia: The Cairns Institute, James Cook University.

    Babacan, H. (2014). Integrated degrees: An evaluation framework for innovative dual sector delivery in tertiary education. University of New England and NSW TAFE.

    Babacan, H. (2014, 11-12 Sept 2013). Investment for inclusive development or money down the drain? Paper presented at the Social Protection in Pacific Island Countries, Oceania Development Network Conference Proceedings, Suva, Fiji.

    Babacan, H., & Babacan, A. (2013). Workforce and diversity framework. City of Darebin and Swinburne University of Technology.

    Babacan, H., & Ben Moshe, D. (2008). Multicultural affairs in Victoria: A discussion paper for a new policy. Melbourne: Victorian Multicultural Commission. Retrieved from

    Babacan, H., & Ben Moshe, D. (2008). Promoting multifaith and multicultural harmony in Victoria: Discussion paper. Melbourne: Victorian Multicultural Commission and Institute for Community, Policy and Community Engagement (ICEPA), Victoria University.

    Babacan, H., Dale, A., Andrews, P., Beazley, L., Horstman, M., Campbell, A., . . . Miley, D. (2012). Science engagement and tropical Australia: building a prosperous and sustainable future for the north. Retrieved

    Babacan, H., Gopalkrishnan, N., & Trad-Padhee, J. (2007). Achieving structural change: A guide for community workers in building cohesive communities. Sippy Downs, QLD: University of the Sunshine Coast. Retrieved from

    Babacan, H., & Myles, L. (1998). Choosing the right person: Employer preferences on selection criteria statements. Brisbane: Department of Employment and Training, Qld Government.

    Babacan, H., & Myles, L. (2005). Addressing selection criteria: Job application hints for migrant jobseekers (3rd ed.). Brisbane: Department of Employment and Training, Qld Government.

    Babacan, H., & Obst, P. (1998). Death, dying and religion: Practices and beliefs: A guide for healthcare professionals working with HIV/AIDS. Brisbane: Qld Department of Health.

    Babacan, H., & Obst, P. (2004). Death, dying and religion: An examination of non-Christian beliefs and practices, a guide for human services workers (3rd ed.). Brisbane: Department of Premier and Cabinet, Qld Government.

    Babacan, H., Pyke, J., Bhathal, A., Gill, G., Grossman, M., & Bertone, S. (2010). The community safety of international students in Melbourne: A scoping study. Retrieved from Melbourne:

    Law, L., McIntyre-Tamwoy, S., & Babacan, H. (2011). Culturally diverse communities and sustainable natural resource use. Cairns, QLD: Reef & Rainforest Research Centre. Retrieved from  

    Pointing, B., Babacan, H., & Clough, A. (2013). Homelessness in Douglas: It's much more than not having a roof over your head. Retrieved from

    Pryce, J., Babacan, H., Blackman, A., Case, P., Eagle, L., Low, D., . . . Welters, R. (2013). Contributors to worker induced job separation in fly‐in/fly‐out work arrangements; evidence from Northern Australia. Paper presented at the International Symposium: Contemporary issues in long‐distance commute work in the extractive industries and other sectors, Vienna, Austria.

    Teaching Experience

    Professor Babacan has over 20 years of teaching experience. She teaches in the areas of:

    • Public policy and governance
    • Social change and development
    • Human rights
    • Economic development
    • Cultural diversity
    • Gender
    • Research methods

    In addition to higher education teaching, Hurriyet also has a background teaching in Vocational Education and Training and Adult and Further Education.

    Extended Profile

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