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Research Agenda


  • Bob’s Brandy Cochrane recently met with representatives from the Refugee Council in Melbourne to learn more about the agency’s goals and projects. She has shared her blog post on the experience with us below. At a recent state inquiry into TAFE, asylum seeker and refugee considerations were represented regarding training, education, and work in Victoria. As ... Read more
  • Power is not as straightforward as it may look on the surface. Who holds the power within detention centres? What are the costs of exerting power? At first glance, a number of actors can be spotted as having power in this environment, such as case managers, directors of facilities, and, perhaps the most obvious, the ... Read more
  • Detailing a recipe of a snack called Tostilocos or toothbrushes and toys left behind may not immediately bring to mind thoughts about the border. However, in a mix of striking images, stories from the mouths of migrants, and a myriad of details through podcasts and words which revolve around the Mexico/Us Border, a project evokes ... Read more
  • An open letter calling for the immediate closure of Manus Island and Nauru offshore immigration detention centres addressed to Prime Minister Tony Abbot has garnered quite a buzz in the media, academic  circles and a mention by Senator Christine Milne in parliament recently.  Arguing in support of refugee rights, the letter advocates that offshore detention ... Read more
  • Centering on evidence-based policymaking, the United Nations University Migration Network attempts to connect people across disciplines and nations to encourage new thought and research in the field of migration. Encompassing over 200 publications, 37 research projects, the launch of the Network promises a to fill a need for policymakers and researchers about migration. Recent news and ... Read more
  • Driving the infamous trail into Phoenix, Arizona from Sonora, Mexico, BOb’s Gabriella Sanchez contemplates whether Arizona’s extreme border control policies have impacted the smuggling market. Arrests have reached record lows along this path and many border crossers have been pushed to enter via the more dangerous Southeast Texas border, where number of deaths continues to ... Read more

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