Before becoming a full-time academic, Val worked as a radio-producer at the Croatian National Radio in Zagreb, a journalist and translator in the Croatian Press Agency (HINA) and as a freelance author. She has published extensively, in academic and mainstream media. Before joining RMIT University, she had worked Murdoch University (WA), University of Western Australia and Monash University.
Val’s research is interdisciplinary, theoretically as well as policy-oriented, spanning sociology, political science, social psychology and economics, and uses qualitative as well as quantitative research methods.
Val’s central research interests are in the areas of migration, mobility, globalisation, cosmopolitanism and Australian immigration and settlement policies. Her research has focused on notions of ethnicity/race, identity, community and class.
Val ’s recent publications cover topics such as labour and residential integration of immigrants in Australia, especially those from NESB; development of Australian multiculturalism; and homeownership in Australia.
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Migration, multiculturalism, ethnic relations, settlement of immigrants in Australia, refugee studies, post-communist Eastern Europe, urban studies, sociology of housing, non-English-speaking-background migrants in Australian labour market.