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Dr Simone Battiston

Cassamarca Senior Lecturer of Italian Studies and History
PhD, La Trobe University, Australia


Simone Battiston is the Course Director of the Bachelor of Arts and the Languages Discipline Convenor in the School of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities. He is also the Cassamarca Senior Lecturer of Italian Studies and History at Swinburne. This position is partly sponsored by the Cassamarca Foundation (Italy). His research interests include migration history, transnational politics and labour and artisan history. His current research focuses on the history of Italian immigrant workers and entrepreneurs in the building and construction industry in Australia, with a particular attention to terrazzo and mosaic artisans, external voting behaviour, and history and memory of radical migrants. He is a member of the Australian History Association (AHA) and of the Australian Society for the Study of Labour History (ASSLH). 

Research interests

History; Politics

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Coordinating Supervisor.


Available to supervise honours students.

Fields of Research

  • Historical Studies - 210300

Teaching areas

History;Languages: Chinese, Italian and Japanese


  • 2007, International, PhD Thesis Award , Giovanni Agnelli Foundation-Altreitalie Research Centre
  • 2001, International, Honours Thesis Award, Friuli-Venetia Julia Regional Government, Italy


Also published as: Battiston, Simone; Battiston, S.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2014: Visiting Researcher Scheme 2014 - Dr Javier Pablo Grossutti *; Visiting Researcher Scheme
  • 2010: Diaspora philanthropy in Australia: a preliminary critique *; Researcher Development Scheme

* Chief Investigator