Refugee Education Conference AUT 2011

Date: 28 & 29 November
Venue: North Shore Campus, Akoranga Drive, Auckland

The School of Languages and the Centre for Refugee Education at AUT University are pleased to present New Zealand’s inaugural Refugee Education Conference in 2011.

The conference provides an opportunity for those working with refugees to come together to share and explore rights and strengths based approaches to refugee resettlement. The emphasis will be on education at all levels and stages of the refugee experience in Aotearoa/New Zealand. We welcome practitioners, former refugees, and leaders in a wide range of areas of resettlement to present recent research or models of working.

Registration is now closed.

View the conference programme here 

Monday 28th November Programme

Tuesday 29th November Programme


Important Dates

  • 23 September                   Abstract submission closing date
  • 30 September                   Paper notification date
  • 14 November                    Registration closing date
  • 28, 29 November               Conference   


Keynote Speakers


Richard Towlepdf icon

UNHCR Regional Pacific Representative "The Role of Resettlement in the Global Protection of Refugees"

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Dr Melika Yassin Sheikh –Eldinpdf icon

Manager of the Settlement Delivery Support Service for AMES in Melbourne, Australia “Involving Refugee Voices in Settlement”

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Mitchell Pham

Mitchell Pham

Born in Vietnam, made in New Zealand

Mitchell’s personal journey from a 12-year old Vietnamese refugee to a successful Kiwi business and social entrepreneur who is internationally recognised as a leader in his field.


Opening remarks,  Plenary Session Day 2

Professor Max Abbott  - Refugee Resettlement and Wellbeing: Reflections and Cogitations

This presentation reflects on developments leading up to and following the first national conference on refugee resettlement and wellbeing in 1988.  It includes consideration of achievements and gaps in policy and practice identified by participants in the 2009 national conference 'Looking Back and Moving Forward.'  It also considers the role of research in resettlement and the relevance of the Conference themes 'Learning, Collaboration, and Connections' to advancing the wellbeing of refugees. 


Further information on abstract submission, registration please contact:

For scholarships and general conference information contact the Conference Coordinator ph: 021 1650 234 or

Conference Committee

  • Maria Hayward Centre Manager and Senior Lecturer, Centre for Refugee Education, AUT
  • Sharon Harvey Deputy Dean (Research and Post-Grad), Head of School of Languages, AUT
  • Jenni Broom Conference Coordinator


Conference aims

  • To provide the opportunity for better understanding, education and professional development for people working to support the process of refugee settlement in NZ
  • To share and explore rights and strengths based approaches in  refugee learning context
  • To provide a forum for practitioners, former refugees, and leaders in a wide range of areas of resettlement to present recent research or models of working

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