Ibolya (Ibi) Losoncz
PhD in Regulation, Justice and Diplomacy, The Australian National University; Bachelor of Psychology (Hons I), Charles Sturt University
Dr. Ibolya (Ibi) Losoncz is a Research Officer in the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet), Australian National University (ANU). She completed her PhD at the ANU (2014). She also holds a Honor’s degree in psychology from Charles Sturt University (2003). Before commencing her PhD at the ANU, Ibi has been a senior research analyst at various public service departments and research institutes, including the Department of Social Services, the Bureau of Transport and Regional Economics, and the Australian Institute of Criminology. Ibi’s doctoral thesis — ‘Blocked opportunity and threatened identity: Understanding experiences of disrespect in South Sudanese Australians’ — explored the resettlement experiences of South Sudanese refugees and their relations with Australian regulating authorities and social institutions.
Ibi’s published works are in the areas of refugee resettlement, social capital, work-life balance of Australian mothers, post-separation parental arrangements, and spatial distribution of crime.
Refugee studies; resettlement; African diasporas (with a focus on South Sudanese diasporas); responsive regulation and institutional legitimacy; social science methodology; research design; and empirical evaluation
Ibi’s main research interest is the interplay between individual and institutional elements of integration and their impact on the resettlement trajectories of humanitarian migrants and their families. A key focus of this research is the experiences of resettled refugees in their dealings with Australian government and social institutions. It examines how perceived legitimacy of social institutions and bureaucratic processes can become the site of considerable contestation and resistance.
Ibi’s most recent research project— Mapping the process of integration of young people of migrant origin in Australia, focuses on children of immigrants. Using a subsample from a large sample longitudinal survey of Australian households (HILDA), the project evaluates the moderating effects of facilitators of integration during childhood, such as families’ social and economic stratification, social connections and institutional engagement, on the integration outcomes of adult children of migrant families in Australia.
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