16th October 2019

Fidelma Breen Bio

Fidelma Breen


Dr Fidelma Breen originally emigrated to Australia from Portadown in 1973 and spent her early life as a ‘boomerang migrant’. She’s an alumna of Magee College, UU where she completed an honours degree in Irish History and Politics. She returned to Adelaide in 1999 and completed a Master of Philosophy in History which studied Irish nationalism and loyalism in colonial South Australia at the University of Adelaide in 2013. She is a human geographer whose PhD (2018) investigated Irish migration to Australia between 2000 and 2015. Her thesis ‘Contemporary Irish migration to Australia, 2000-2015: Pathways to Permanence’ (2018) received a Dean’s Commendation for Doctoral Research Excellence and won the RGSSA’s John Lewis Silver Medal for Geography, 2018. She is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Hugo Centre for Population and Migration Research at the University of Adelaide. She is Vice President of the South Australian Chapter of the Irish Australian Chamber of Commerce. You can follow her on Twitter: @DivaDiaspora ORCiD: http://orcid.org/0000-0001-5469-2135 Researcher profile: http://researchers.adelaide.edu.au/profile/fidelma.breen#my-research

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