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  • The Border Criminologies website at Oxford University has hosted a series of opinion pieces on the topic of internal border policing organised by BOb’s Associate Professor Leanne Weber. In the opening post entitled ‘Border as Method: Tracing the internal border’ Leanne explained how governments are constructing ubiquitous internal borders that are deeply embedded within a wide range of administrative, Read more
  • We are pleased to announce that BOb’s Professor Sharon Pickering and Julie Ham have won the 2014 British Journal of Criminology Radzinwicz Memorial Prize for best article titled ‘Hotpants at the border: Sorting sex work from trafficking‘. The prize is awarded by the Journal’s editors to the article they judge to contribute most to the Read more
  • BOb’s Associate Professor Leanne Weber has written for the Conversation with comment on the recent border deaths tragedies in the Mediterranean. Following the unprecedented spate of deaths in the Mediterranean, European states have vowed to step up their efforts against people smuggling. However an article by Leanne Weber in The Conversation argues that something vital is Read more
  • Introducing the COMPAS and Border Criminologies special blog series on Gender and Migration, with blogs for the series to be posted every Friday until the end of June. BOb PhD candidates Bodean Hedwards and Brandy Cochrane have made blog contributions with a gender focus from their migration research and so has BOb research collaborator Dr Gabriella Read more
  • 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

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