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Dr Simone Battiston

Senior Lecturer
PhD, La Trobe University, Australia


Simone teaches history and politics, and convenes the Perspectives on Globalisation major. His research examines different aspects of postwar Italian emigration, with a particular attention to the Australian context: external voting behaviour, history and memory of radical migrants, and migrant media history.

He has published widely, including scholarly articles in Modern Italy, Contemporary Italian Politics, Australian Journal of Politics and HistoryAustralian Journal of Political ScienceJournal of Australian Studies, Studi Storici, Media History, History of Education, Diaspora: A Journal of Transnational Studies, People and Place, and Altreitalie. His monograph, Immigrants Turned Activists: Italians in 1970s Melbourne, was published by Troubador Publishing, UK (Italian Studies Series), in 2012. He is an executive member of the Australian Migration History Network (AMHN), and a member of the Australian Historical Association (AHA) and of the Australian Society for the Study of Labour History (ASSLH). 

Simone is the recipient of the 2001 Honours Thesis Award (Friuli-Venetia Julia Regional Government) and the 2007 PhD Thesis Award, Giovanni Agnelli Foundation-Altreitalie Research Centre

Research interests

History; Politics

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.


Available to supervise honours students.

Fields of Research

  • Historical Studies - 430300
  • Political Science - 440800

Teaching areas



  • 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

  • 2021: Coping with COVID-19: Social networks and resilience in Victoria and Tasmania’s Italian community *; COMITES_FS
  • 2020: The Diasporic Representation of Italians Abroad *; Consiglio Generale degli Italiani all’Estero [General Council of Italians Abroad]
  • 2010: Diaspora philanthropy in Australia: a preliminary critique *; Researcher Development Scheme

* Chief Investigator