Read Hyab Yohannes' reflection on 'Refugees as questioning subjects: A critical reflection of PhD fieldworkinvolving refugees'


Migration scholarship and media representation ‘construct a narrative of refugees that centres trauma and deficit, that creates a hyper-visible stereotype of an assumed collective experience while leaving individual refugees largely voiceless and invisible’ (Jarratt 2020, pp. 368–369). This leads naturally to asking how refugees can reclaim their stories, find their voices and assert their knowledge in a research culture that rendersthem invisible, inaudible and unviable.The focus of this reflection is to articulate the missing links between the real bearers of knowledge and the processes of knowledge productionin PhD studies such as mine, which focus on the realities of refugees in a carceral age. The primary objective here is to openly recognise that fieldwork is a shared enterprise, at the centre of which are the research participants such as refugees.

This reflection contains descriptions of violence.

Volume 8 Issue 1


Volume 8 Issue 1 edited by Ann-Marie Priest and Jenny McDougall is out now!

'The focus of this Special Issue is educators who work in the widening participation (WP) space in higher education: their experiences, identities, histories and knowledge.'




Thank you for your interest in International Studies in Widening Participation. Please note that we are not accepting anymore submissions in 2020.

Special Issue - Call for Papers Vol 7, Iss 2 2020



Speaking for Ourselves: Educators in Enabling and Equity in Higher Education

Submissions due 1 June 2020

Guest Editors: Dr Ann-Marie Priest and Dr Jenny McDougall (School of Access Education, CQUniversity)

Submissions are CLOSED


Submissions are CLOSED. The next Issue will be Vol 7, No 1 in 2020, featuring invited papers. Thank you for your interest in International Studies in Widening Participation. For enquiries please email:

Volume 6 Issue 1 now available


Patient praxis: A dialogue between equity practice and research

Papers from the 2018 national Writing Program for Equity and Widening Participation Practitioners convened by the Centre of Excellence for Equity in Higher Education (CEEHE) at the University of Newcastle.

Volume 5 Issue 2


Submissions for Volume 5 Issue 2 are now OPEN. Deadline for submissions is 31 July 2018.

Volume 4 Issue 2


Submissions for Volume 4 Issue 2 are CLOSED. Thank you for your interest in International Studies in Widening Participation.

New Issue available now


Policy approaches, ‘problems’ and ‘solutions’: Working towards equity of access and widening participation in Australian higher education

This Issue presents papers that explore widening participation (WP) within Australian contexts. The contributions discuss a diversity of activities, programs, disciplinary concepts, methodological approaches, challenges and opportunities in the field. However, all explore important issues relating to the contemporary challenges that policy, educational structures and dominant conceptual assumptions pose for access, equity and WP. Whilst situated in the Australian context, all contributions provide insights about issues that are important and challenging for WP across international contexts.

Anna Bennett (Editor)

New Issue coming soon


Dear readers

Thank you for your patience while we get the next issue of International Studies in Widening Participation ready for publication. Helen Cameron moved on to another position. The new journal manager, Dr Jo Hanley, started in April, 2017. Volume 4, Number 1 is almost ready.

Available now: New Issue


Success and opportunity in challenging times

Guest editors

Dr Janet A Taylor (Southern Cross University, Australia)

Rationale and themes

Times are challenging for higher education practitioners. Government policies around tertiary education in many countries are changing, traditional funding models are being questioned, and government and non-government providers actively compete for students. In the middle of these discussions, the widening participation agenda has gained momentum so that in Australia and internationally increasing numbers of students from named equity groups are accessing higher education. This collection includes articles detailing initiatives being undertaken in the widening participation arena and highlights successes and opportunities amidst challenging times.