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Research Agenda


  • As part of the Monash Criminology Seminar Series 2015, BOb’s Associate Professor Leanne Weber presents: ‘Rethinking Border Control for a Globalizing World’ Tuesday May 12,  from 11-12pm Meeting Room N402, Level 4 Menzies Building, Monash University, Melbourne. In this presentation Leanne will provide an overview of a new edited collection ‘Rethinking Border Control for a Globalizing World’, recently published by Routledge. The intention Read more
  • Julie Ham recently submitted her PhD for examination. Her research has examined sex work, migration, citizenship, labour and identity. Julie undertook research in Australia and Canada for her fieldwork interviewing migrant women sex workers in Melbourne and Vancouver. She is now busy working on publications, undertaking research and enjoying this post-submission phase. Submission is a wonderful milestone and we Read more
  • Associate Professor Leanne Weber has just published a new collection in the Routledge Rethinking Globalizations series entitled ‘Rethinking Border Control for a Globalizing World: A Preferred Future’. Containing chapters by leading thinkers from critical criminology, law and political theory, and featuring commentaries by Saskia Sassen, Rainer Bauböck and Nancy Wonders, the book uses an innovative Read more
  • Rashid, a Pakistani refugee living in Hong Kong, recently wrote a post for our NGO partners Vision First. Rashid wrote of his experiences living in Hong Kong as a refugee on a very personal level. Life for Rashid is difficult and in a state of disrepair with limited access to opportunities for establishing a protected, Read more
  • Boat migrants are increasingly treated as illegals and criminals in political discourse in Australia, whilst procedural borderscapes are simultaneously diminished and recreated in a novel governance-structure to effectively detain such migrants without much public scrutiny. Patrick van Berlo LLM MSc, PhD Candidate at the Institute for Criminal Law & Criminology at Leiden University, the Netherlands, Read more
  • In another ploy to ‘stop the boats’, the IOM (International Organisation for Migration) has been targeting the small fry of people smugglers: Indonesian fisherman from poor coastal areas. Using a range of tactics, including merchandise and community events, the tag line is a straightforward one: “I know people smuggling is wrong.” Funded by the Australian Read more

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