Catherine Gomes

Catherine Gomes is a Professor in the School of Media and Communication where she teaches Asian Studies. She is an ethnographer whose work contributes to the understanding of the evolving migration, mobility and digital media nexus.

As a migration and mobility scholar, Catherine specialises on the social, cultural and communication spaces of transient migrants, especially international students, their wellbeing and their digital engagement. Catherine’s work covers the themes of identity, ethnicity, race, memory and gender. She is a specialist on the Asia-Pacific with Australia and Singapore being significant fieldwork sites.

Catherine has also written about gender and audience reception in Chinese cinemas, and multiculturalism in Singapore cinema. Catherine’s recent books include:

  • Siloed Diversity: Transnational Migration, Social Media and Digital Networks (Palgrave Pivot, 2018),
  • Transnational Migrations in the Asia-Pacific: Transformative Experiences in the Age of Digital Media (with Brenda S.A. Yeoh, Rowman & Littlefield, 2018),
  • Transient Mobility and Middle Class Identity: Media and Migration in Australia and Singapore (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017), International student connectedness and identity: transnational perspectives (with Ly Thi Tran, Springer, 2017),
  • The Asia Pacific in the Age of Transnational Mobility: The Search for Community and Identity on and through Social Media (Anthem Press, 2016),
  • Quality Assurance in Asia-Pacific Universities Implementing Massification in Higher Education (with Deane E. Neubauer, Palgrave Macmillan, 2017) and
  • Multiculturalism through the Lens: A Guide to Ethnic and Migrant Anxieties in Singapore (Ethos Books, 2015).

She is founding editor of Transitions: Journal of Transient Migration (Intellect Books). Catherine was also an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher (DECRA) in 2013-2016. She was also a Visiting Research Fellow at the Singapore Management University in 2014 and Visiting CLASS Scholar at the Nanyang Technological University (2018).


Digital Inclusion, Mobility, and Activism

The research program examines the challenges and potentials of digital participation as this relates to access and inclusion, connectivity, networks and political activism, gig or micro work, and mobility and migration.


Parallel Societies of International Students in Australia: Connections, Disconnections, and a Global Pandemic

Parallel Societies of International Students in Australia explores the social and cultural spaces that international students occupy in a destination country. It specifically examines the connections international students make and...

Religion, Hypermobility and Digital Media in Global Asia: Faith, Flows and Fellowship

Digital media is changing the ways in which religion is practiced, understood, proselytised and countered. Religious institutions and leaders use digital media to engage with their congregations who now are...

Digital Experiences of International Students: Challenging Assumptions and Rethinking Engagement

Exploring the impact of the digital environment on international students, carefully selected global contributors examine how digital experiences have been used to internationalize higher education. Using fascinating case studies and...

Transnational Migrations in the Asia-Pacific

This edited collection interrogates the diversity of transnational migration experiences in the Asia-Pacific through the lens of digital ethnography.


DERC’s research on COVID continues to surge ahead

July 21, 2020

We may have been in lockdown, but that didn’t stop DERC researchers from launching several projects to study the pandemic.