Section: Overview
Key publications
Research funding
Supervising & teaching

Key details

Areas of expertise

  • Citizenship and participation
  • Muslim communities
  • Radical political movements

Available to supervise research students

Available for media queries

About Mario Peucker

Mario Peucker is a senior research fellow at the Institute for Sustainable Industries and Liveable Cities at Victoria University.

He has undertaken qualitative and quantitative research on radical political movements, Muslim community activism and inclusion-exclusion dynamics since 2003, both in Europe and Australia. Mario has also contributed to consultations with various national and international agencies, including the United Nations, the Council of Europe, and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).

He has published five books, and numerous reports, book chapters and articles in peer-reviewed journals, such as Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Politics and Religion, Ethnic and Racial Studies and Australian Journal of Political Science.


  • PhD (University of Melbourne)

Key publications

Year Citation
2016 Peucker, M. (160101). Muslim Citizenship in Liberal Democracies. Springer International Publishing.

doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-31403-7

2014 Peucker, M., & Akbarzadeh, S. (140101). Muslim active citizenship in the west.

doi: 10.4324/9781315870960

Year Citation
2019 Peucker, M., Smith, D., & Iqbal, M. (190101). Not a Monolithic Movement: The Diverse and Shifting Messaging of Australia s Far-Right (pp. 73-100). Springer Singapore.

doi: 10.1007/978-981-13-8351-9_4

Year Citation
2017 Peucker, M. (170315). The civic potential of Muslim community organisations for promoting social cohesion in Victoria. Melbourne: Victoria University, Melbourne.
2016 Peucker, M., Grossman, M. G., Smith, D. S., & Dellal, H. D. (160601). Stocktake Research Project: A systematic literature and selected program review on social cohesion, community resilience and violent extremism 2011-2015. Melbourne: Community Resilience Unit, Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet.

Year Citation
2021 Peucker, M. (210101). You are essentially forced into being an activist : the interplay between Islamophobia and Muslims civic engagement in Australia. Religion, State and Society, 49(1), (23-40).

doi: 10.1080/09637494.2021.1900766

2018 Peucker, M. (180901). On the (In)compatibility of Islamic Religiosity and Citizenship in Western Democracies: The Role of Religion for Muslims' Civic and Political Engagement. Politics and Religion, 11(3), (553-575).

doi: 10.1017/S1755048317000700

2017 Peucker, M., & Ceylan, R. (170101). Muslim community organizations- sites of active citizenship or self-segregation?. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 40(14), (2405-2425).

doi: 10.1080/01419870.2016.1247975

2014 Peucker, M., Roose, J. M., & Akbarzadeh, S. (140101). Muslim active citizenship in Australia: Socioeconomic challenges and the emergence of a Muslim elite. Australian Journal of Political Science, 49(2), (282-299).

doi: 10.1080/10361146.2014.899967

2008 PEUCKER, M. (080101). Similar Procedures, Divergent Function: Citizenship Tests in the United States, Canada, Netherlands and United Kingdom. International Journal on Multicultural Societies, 10(2), (240-261).

Research funding for the past 5 years

Please note:

  • Funding is ordered by the year the project commenced and may continue over several years.
  • Funding amounts for contact research are not disclosed to maintain commercial confidentiality.
  • The order of investigators is not indicative of the role they played in the research project.

Dissenting Citizenship? Understanding Individuals' Vulnerabilities to Right-Wing Extremism on the Local Level
From: Dept of Justice (VIC)
Other investigators: Aspr Debra Smith, Prof Ramon Spaaij
For period: 2019-2020
Not disclosed
Dissenting citizenship? Discussing concerns about diversity, immigration and what it means to be Australian today
From: Dept of Justice (VIC), Melton Council, Yarra City Council, City of Greater Bendigo
Other investigators: Aspr Debra Smith, Prof Ramon Spaaij
For period: 2019-2020
Not disclosed
Partnership with Deakin University in the Collaborative Centre for Resilient and Inclusive Societies (CRIS)
From: Research Institute on Social Cohesion
Other investigators: Aspr Debra Smith, Dr Alison Baker, Prof Ramon Spaaij
For period: 2019-2021
Not disclosed

Bachar Houli Program Evaluation
From: AFL Research Funds
Other investigators: Prof Ramon Spaaij
For period: 2016-2018
Not disclosed

Supervision of research students at VU

Available to supervise research students

Available for media queries

Currently supervised research students at VU

No. of students Study level Role
1 Master of Research Associate supervisor
2 PhD Integrated Associate supervisor

Currently supervised research students at VU

Students & level Role
Master of Research (1) Associate supervisor
PhD Integrated (2) Associate supervisor


Details of this Researcher's career are currently unavailable.