Professor Hurriyet Babacan

University Fellow

Professor Hurriyet Babacan is a recognised international scholar.  She is currently Senior Academic Advisor to Strategic Projects Unit and Professor of Social Work and Development  at the University of New England, Australia.  Prior to that, she was the Foundation Director of the Cairns Institute, at James Cook University a research and development institute across 20 academic discipline areas.

Professor Babacan has a distinguished career over the last 30 years in senior executive and leadership roles in higher education, public administration, and research and training.  She is a visiting scholar and adjunct professor at a number of universities in Australia and overseas.

Hurriyet has published widely in national and international publications on a range of issues key social and economic issues including governance and management, cultural diversity, gender, health, economic and community development. She has authored numerous books and articles including two publications for UNESCO. She has delivered keynote presentation at numerous national and international conferences. She has served on numerous ministerial and expert advisory committees. She has been a member of two working parties for the Council of Europe/OECD on measuring well being and social progress. Professor Babacan has led numerous national and international leadership, research and development projects, particularly in the Asia -Pacific.

Hurriyet has been recognised for her work through a number of awards including the Member of Order of Australia (MA) in 2014, Bi-Centenary Medal awarded by the Prime Minister, 2002 and the Multicultural Services Award by the Premier of Queensland. Hurriyet was the Queensland State Finalist in the Telstra Business Women’s Award in the for Government and Public Service category in 2003.



Babacan, Hürriyet and Herrmann, Peter (2013) Nation State and Ethnic Diversity. Global Political Studies . Nova Science Publishers, New York, USA.

Babacan, Hürriyet, Gopalkrishnan N and Babacan A (2009) Situating Racism: the local, national, and the global. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle, UK.

Babacan, Hürriyet (2009). Ethnic minorities: negotiating identity in Australia. Vdm Verlag Dr. Müller, Saarbrücken, Germany

Babacan, Alperhan & Babacan, Hürriyet (2009). Seeking asylum in a global world: a comparative analysis of refugee and asylum seeker citizenship rights, laws and policies in Australia, Canada and New Zealand. VDM Verlag Dr. Mueller

Book Chapters

Babacan H and Herrmann P (2013) Nation state, social cohesion and cultural diversity. In: Nation State and Ethnic Diversity. Global Political Studies. Nova Science Publishers, New York, USA, pp. 19-36

Herrmann P and Babacan H (2013) The state as a mechanism of exclusion: Nationhood, citizenship, ethnicity. In: Nation State and Ethnic Diversity. Global Political Studies. Nova Science Publishers, New York, USA, pp. 5-17

Babacan H and Gopalkrishnan N (2012) Transnational love and marriage in the Australian-Indian Diaspora. In: Indian Diaspora and Transnationalism. Rawat Publications, Jaipur, India, pp. 183-209

Babacan H (2011) Creating belonging: safety, racism and social cohesion. In: Counter terrorism and Social Cohesion. Cambridge Scholars, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, pp. 99-115

Babacan H (2010) Immigration, nation state and belonging. In: Migration, Belonging and the Nation State. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, pp. 7-30

Babacan H and Gopalkrishnan N (2008) New racisms and asylum seekers in Australia. In: Asylum seekers: international perspectives on interdiction and deterrence . Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle, UK, pp. 143-157

Journal Articles

Babacan H and Babacan A (2013) Difficult research conversations: sharing socially sensitive research in the public domain. Etropic: electronic journal of studies in the tropics, 12 (1). pp. 52-63O

O'Mara B, Gill G, Babacan H and Donahoo D (2012) Digital technology, diabetes and culturally and linguistically diverse communities: a case study with elderly women from the Vietnamese community. Health Education Journal, 71 (4). pp. 491-504

Babacan, Hurriyet (2012) Racism denial in Australia: the power of silence. Australian Mosaic, 32. pp. 1-2.

Conference Papers

Babacan H (2013) Role of discomfort and disruption in anti-racism. Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Racisms in the New World Order: realities of culture, colour and identity. 29-31 August 2012, Cairns, QLD, Australia

Gopalkrishnan, Narayan, and Babacan, Hurriyet (2013) Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Racisms in the New World Order: realities of culture, colour and identity. The Cairns Institute, James Cook University, Cairns, QLD, Australia.

Vella KJ, Dale A, Cottrell A, Pert PL, Stevenson R, Boon HJ, King DC, Whitehouse HL, Hill R, Babacan H, Thomas MJ and Gooch MJ (2011) Towards more effective adaptive planning: measuring and reporting social resilience in vulnerable coastal communities facing climate change in tropical Queensland. Proceedings of the 3rd World Planning Schools Congress. In: WPSC 2011 3rd World Planning Schools Congress, 4-8 July 2011, Perth, WA, Australia

Babacan H (2008) Addressing denial: the first step in responding to racism. Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Racisms in the New World Order. 6-7 December 2007, Pelican Waters, QLD, Australia


Pointing, Boris, Babacan, Hurriyet, and Clough, Alan (2013) Homelessness in Douglas: it's much more than not having a roof over your head. Report. James Cook University, Cairns, QLD.

Babacan, Hurriyet, Dale, Allan, Andrews, Peter, Beazley, Lyn, Horstman, Mark, Campbell, Andrew, Morris, Sheridan, Webb, Brad, Rowlands, Mary, Bowen, Luke, Callin, Rob, George, Melissa, and Miley, Damien (2012) Science engagement and tropical Australia: building a prosperous and sustainable future for the north. Report. Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education, Kingston, ACT.

Dale, A., Vella, K., Cottrell, A., Pert, P., Stephenson, B., Boon, H., King, D., Whitehouse, H., Hill, R., Babacan, H., Thomas, M., and Gooch, M. (2011) Conceptualising, evaluating and reporting social resilience in vulnerable regional and remote communities facing climate change in tropical Queensland. Report. Reef and Rainforest Research Centre, Cairns, QLD, Australia.

Professor Hurriyet Babacan



James Cook University
Cairns QLD