Gerrand, Vivian

Deakin University

Vivian Gerrand is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Alfred Deakin Institute where she coordinates Stream 2 (Building resilience to social harms including violent extremism) at the Centre for Resilient and Inclusive Societies. She also co-convenes The Australian Sociological Society’s Cultural Sociology Thematic Group. Vivian is the author of Possible Spaces of Somali Belonging (MUP, 2016) and co-editor of The Black Mediterranean: Bodies, Borders and Citizenship (Palgrave McMillan 2021).


  • Editorial
    Wellbeing is now officially acknowledged as a vital part of human societies, with the Australian government’s federal treasurer Jim Chalmers implementing a “wellbeing budget” in October 2022 that would seek to “measure what matters” and enable proactive strategies to enhance society (Wright). This could not be more welcome as we live through climate catastrophes – floods, hurricanes, and...Read more
  • Feature
    Introduction While individuals from marginalised and vulnerable communities have long been confronted with the task of developing coping strategies, COVID-19 lockdowns intensified the conditions under which resilience and wellbeing were/are negotiated, not only for marginalised communities but for people from all walks of life. In particular, the pandemic has...Read more