21 April 2017  |  La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia


Dr Deirdre McKay, University of Keele (UK)

Graduate & postgraduate students are invited to attend this masterclass to explore current digital and social media research in migration studies led by Dr Deirdre McKay of the University of Keele, UK.

Dr McKay will present a seminar to students about the interplay between cutting edge research in digital and social media with migration studies. She will facilitate an interactive discussion about the topic and short list of two required readings. Students are able to present a short 5 minutes description of their current research for feedback from Dr McKay.

Places are limited, priorities will be given to those working on issues around digital, social media and migration.

This event is free, but to be considered for this masterclass email a short 100 word description of your research by 1st of December to Dr Monika Winarnita: m.winarnita@latrobe.edu.au

FLYER FOR MASTERCLASS: masterclass-digital-social-media-in-migration-studies-by-dr-deirdre-mckay (PDF)



Dr Dierdre McKay is a Senior Lecturer in Social Geography and Environmental Politics at Keele University, UK. Previously, she held appointments as a Postdoctoral Fellow and then Research Fellow in the School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University.

As a Research Fellow Dr McKay has presented her work at La Trobe University’s Philippines Australia Studies Centre. McKay earned her B.A. (1st Hons) in Biology and Master’s in Environmental Studies from Dalhousie University (Canada) and a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of British Columbia.

Dr. McKay’s research draws on both social/cultural geography and social anthropology to explore people’s place-based experiences of globalization and development. She is interested in the long-distance relations that connect outmigrants to their sending communities, changes in local livelihoods and the possibilities for locally sustainable, alternative economic development, and environmental degradation linked to migration.

Dr. McKay does fieldwork in the global South and also with migrant communities from developing areas who have moved into the world’s global cities. Much of her work has been conducted with people who originate in indigenous villages in the northern Philippines. Dr. McKay is the author of numerous articles, chapters, and edited collections. Her book, Global Filipinos: Migrants’ Lives in the Virtual Village, was published in 2012 by Indiana University Press.