Master of International Relations
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Graduate profile: Isabel FitzGerald – Senior Coordinator, Policy and Research, Centre for Resilient and Inclusive Societies
Isabel Fitzgerald was working in the arts and community engagement sector when she decided to apply for the Master of International Relations.
“My role at the time was as a senior producer at the Footscray Community Arts Centre, where I was working across both local and international programs,” she explains. “This, combined with ongoing interest in global issues and politics, stirred my appetite for international engagement and diplomacy. I wanted to engage more deeply with theories, debates and issues and extend my knowledge across various areas within international relations.”
While studying part-time, Isabel took on a senior role within the Victorian Government’s Department of Premier and Cabinet in the Community Resilience Unit, developing policies relating to preventing and countering violent extremism.
“The course aligned nicely with the practical policy work I was doing,” she says, “and because of the elective subjects I chose, I ended up having a thematic focus on security, governance and policy with a geographic focus on South and Southeast Asia and the Middle East”.
Isabel is now part of the newly established Centre for Resilient and Inclusive Societies, a consortium think tank which brings together academia, government and communities. “We develop research and programs and influence policy by understanding how we can build a healthy and cohesive society in order to reduce and respond to polarisation, hate and discrimination with an overall focus on preventing and countering violent extremism”, she says.
“My current role continues to build on my masters knowledge and my role in government because of the intersection between global security issues, the effect of our globalised world and connectedness, and the strengthening of localised community resilience and social cohesion responses to complex global problems.”
University of Melbourne and American University Double Degree Program
Students from both institutions can undertake an additional year of study at the partner institution and be awarded the degrees from both; a Master of International Relations from the University of Melbourne and a Master of International Service from American University. More Information...