Ibi has a psychology degree from Charles Sturt University. Her doctoral thesis, currently examined, considered the experiences of South Sudanese forced migrants with Australian government and social institutions. 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. Her works are in the areas of forced migration and resettlement, work-life balance of Australian mothers, post-separation parental arrangements, social capital and spatial distribution of crime.
Refugee studies; Forced migration and settlement; Sudanese diasporas; Responsive regulation and institutional legitimacy; Quantitative and spatial analysis of social data; Empirical evaluation; Research design
Ibi is currently a Research Fellow at RegNet. Her research focuses on the tension between essential characteristic of Australian government and non-government organisations, developed to ensure consistency, and the ability of these organisations to respond appropriately to the resettlement needs of the humanitarian and the broader migrant communities of Australia.
Lack of respect is a recurring theme in the literature exploring the settlement of South Sudanese Australians with refugee experiences. Preliminary interviews with the community indicates that this sense of disrespect in the community brought about by blocked employment opportunities and a sense of threat to their cultural identity and moral values impelled by the intervention of regulating authorities. The aim of the thesis is to explore the space between regulatory authorities and the Sudanese community to understand which specific aspects of the engagement and intervention give rise to the current responses from the community. The intent is to draw together and locate the links between my selected theories, relevant elements of South Sudanese cultural values and institutions, and the narratives and interpretations of the community of what is happening to them to understand the disjuncture between the intent of the regulating authorities and the response evoked in the community. This understanding will provide a useful foundation and framework to formulate more effective family conflict management systems which the community considers fair and legitimate and which are also consistent with Australian family law.