Professor Pookong Kee

Professor Kee is the Director of the Asia Institute. He was previously Professor of the Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies and Director of the Ritsumeikan Centre for Asia Pacific Studies at the Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University (APU) in Japan. This was preceded by a three-year appointment as Director of the Chinese Heritage Centre in Singapore. Before his return to Asia in 1999, Kee was Director and Professor of the Centre for Asia-Pacific Studies at the Victoria University from 1994 to 1999 and from 1989 to 1994 he served as Assistant Director of the Bureau of Immigration and Population Research (Assistant Secretary, Federal Department of Immigration and Ethnic Affairs). Kee has a PhD degree in Psychology from the Australian National University, a First Class Honours BA degree in Psychology and a BA with majors in Economics, Politics and Psychology from the University of Adelaide. His recent teaching and research interests include the causes, processes and consequences of the global movement of people, Asian Diasporas, and Asian-Pacific affairs generally.

Coordinator / Associate Professor Nana Oishi

Associate Professor Oishi has been conducting research on international migration for the last 25 years. She started her research career at the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Geneva, and also completed her PhD at Harvard University as a Fulbright Scholar. After she returned to Japan, she served a number of government committees on immigration policies as an advisor. Prior to joining The University of Melbourne in 2013, Associate Professor Oishi was Professor of Sociology at Sophia University in Tokyo. In recent years, she has been conducting research on highly skilled migration, multiple migrations and the impact of nationalism on migration policies in Japan and Asia.

Honorary Principal Fellow Professor John Nieuwenhuysen AM

Professor Nieuwenhuysen is an Honorary Professorial Fellow at the Asia Institute, University of Melbourne. He was the Foundation Director of the Commonwealth Bureau of Immigration, Multicultural and Population Research (1989-1996), Chief Executive and Research Director for the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (1996-2002), Foundation Director of the Monash Institute for the Study of Global Movements (2002-2011), Visiting Professor at King’s College London (2006-2007), and Interim Director of the Monash University Prato Centre in Italy (2012). His most recent publications include jointly edited volumes such as Nations of Immigrants: the United States and Australia Compared (Edward Elgar, 2009), Immigration and the Financial Crisis - Australia and the United States (Edward Elgar, 2011), A Home Away from Home? International Students in Australia and South Africa (Monash University Publishing, 2011), Closing the Gap in Education? (Monash University Publishing, 2010), Southern Worlds: Australia and South Africa Compared (Australian Scholarly Publishing, 2009), and Immigration in Uncertain Times - an International Comparison (Queens-McGill University Press, 2012).

The Faculty of Arts Asian Scholar Professor Binod Khadria

Binod Khadria, Professor of Economics and Education at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, and Director of the International Migration and Diaspora Studies (IMDS) Project is  presently visiting The University of Melbourne as the Faculty of Arts Asian Scholar at the Asia Institute. He has been a recipient of the Times and Fulbright Fellowships, and a visiting professor at universities in various parts of the world. He sits on the editorial boards of several international journals. His publications include The Migration of Knowledge Workers: Second-generation Effects of India's Brain Drain (Sage, 1999). In 2009, he launched the India Migration Report: Past, Present and the Future Outlook (now in 2nd reprint), followed by India Migration Report 2010-2011: The Americas (Cambridge University Press, New York, 2012). He can be contacted at email

Associate Dr Pamie Fung

Dr Pamie Fung is a Research Officer working on the Asian-Australian Public Policy Project in the Asia Institute at The University of Melbourne. She has taught migration history at The University of Melbourne. Fung’s interest in Indigenous and migrant communities led her to examine a dispute between the British Museum, Melbourne Museum and the Koori community over a set of rare Aboriginal bark etchings. In 2013, she completed her PhD thesis, which documented and examined the history of Australia's government migrant hostels through a case study of the Midway hostel in Melbourne’s western suburbs. She interviewed post-war migrants and refugees to explore arrival experiences and government practices of managing newcomers at these sites. Her thesis contributed knowledge on the care of new migrants and refugees.