Auckland Resettled Community Coalition
The partnership with the Auckland Resettled Community Coalition (ARCC) aims to develop research proposals and research capacity in refugee background communities.
The current ARCC members are 19 registered resettled community organisations from 15 different countries including Afghanistan, Burmese, Congolese, Burundian, Eritrean, Ethiopian, Kurdish, Rwandan, South Sudanese, Iraq, Sudanese, Somali, Ugandan, Sri Lankan, and Palestinian communities.
Recognising the renewed interest of the outcomes of forced migration globally and the need to think through solutions on local and national levels, this partnership developed around questions that relate to the meaningful settlement opportunities for refugees and people from refugee backgrounds in Aotearoa New Zealand.
To make the first practical steps towards establishing this partnership and identify opportunities for capacity building, Associate Professor Louise Humpage and Associate Professor Jay Marlowe have recently secured a networking grant to bring academics, professionals and community members together to establish future research priorities.
The title of the project is "Aotearoa New Zealand Refugee Settlement Conservatory: Investigating the Questions that Count" and will focus on finding ways of strengthening ties between the University and community-based research that includes the Auckland Refugee Community Coalition. The World Café event took place in November 2016 and its outcomes will shape future research activity with this network.