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  • For Australian workers, unless you have opted out, your superannuation fund may be invested in a company which holds multi-billion dollar contract for detention centres on Manus Nauru. Arguing this is another way to oppose mandatory detention, a recent campaign requests that those who have a Unisuper request divestment, boycott, and contact a union representative ... Read more
  • Exploring the ins and outs of crime and immigration, a new series released by Routledge entitled Criminal Justice, Borders and Citizenship is full of informative books, many written by BOb researchers. From the securitisation of refugee women to asylum seekers in global cities, these books hold something for everyone…but don’t take our word for it. Policing Non-Citizens, ... Read more
  • The graduates are passing milestones and crossing borders! Julie Ham has completed her mid-candidature review and has published a book review, a co-authored article with BOb researcher Dr Alison Gerard, and is awaiting the release of a co-edited book on October 8. Her recent publications include: Ham, J., & Gerard, A. (2013). ‘Strategic in/visibility: Does agency make ... Read more
  • Congratulations to Dr Leanne Weber and Professor Jacqui True, each a winner of an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship! BOb co-Director Dr Leanne Weber’s Future Fellowship research project, entitled ‘Globalisation and the policing of internal borders’, comes after the success of winning the 2013 Christine M. Alder prize for her book, Globalisation and Borders, co-written with ... Read more
  • The 4th biannual Oceanic Conference on International Studies (OCIS) held in Melbourne this month featured a number of Border Crossing Observatory researchers and students, highlighting the diverse work that BOb researchers do on border, migrant, refugee and security issues. Prof Jacqui True presented alongside co-author Sara Davies, on ‘preventing conflict-related sexual and gender-based violence with early ... Read more
  • Focusing on the Indonesian perspective, a study examines the extradition (or lack thereof) of people smugglers between Australia and Indonesia. An extradition treaty was signed between Australia and Jakarta in 1992, but since that time there have been multiple complications with this process. Having spent fourteen months in Indonesia, BOb’s Dr. Antje Missbach looks at these ... Read more

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