News and Events

  • Researchers from the Border Crossing Observatory and Population, Migration and Social Inclusion Focus Program have made a submission to the Australian Government on the proposed amendments to the Citizenship Act under the Australian Citizenship Legislation Amendment (Strengthening the Requirements for Australian Citizenship and Other Measures) Bill 2017. Part of the proposed amendments call for increased ... Read more
  • As part of Refugee Week, the Refugee Council of Australia has hosted a week long refugee film festival. On Tuesday evening, Assoc. Prof Marie Segrave, from The Border Crossing Observatory, was invited to be the Q&A guest following the screening of The Land Between, a documentary by David Fedele, at Cinema Nova. The film offers ... Read more
  • BOb’s Antje Missbach and Rebecca Powell recently attended and presented at the ‘Smuggling Workshop: Theory and Praxis of Irregular Migration Facilitation’ at the University of Texas in El Paso (UTEP). Hosted by BOb’s Dr Gabriella Sanchez of UTEP in collaboration with the European University Institute and Monash University, the workshop brought together academics, NGOs and ... Read more
  • The Border Crossing Observatory hosted the Temporary Migration Forum on Thursday, March 9 at Monash University. The Forum brought together a select group of government, NGO, academic and policy stakeholders to consider and discuss three issues associated with temporary migration in Australia: international students, New Zealand citizens and temporary workers. The Forum was therefore conducted across ... Read more
  • BOb researchers Associate Professor Marie Segrave (Monash), Professor Sharon Pickering (Monash) and Dr Sanja Milivojevic (LaTrobe) have recently drafted a submission to the NSW Legislative Council Select Committee on Human Trafficking’s inquiry into human trafficking in NSW. They have presented a series of six recommendations to the Committee for consideration which include a national consolidation ... Read more
  • Researchers from the Border Crossing Observatory collaborated with Monash School of Social Sciences colleagues from the Monash Population, Immigration, Social Inclusion Focus Program, Monash Centre for Social and Population Research (CSPR), Monash Gender and Family Violence Program, and the Monash Gender, Peace and Security Research Centre in preparing a submission to the Joint Standing Committee ... Read more
  • Associate Professor Leanne Weber headed to Arizona in early November for a short study tour as part of her Future Fellowship project on Globalisation and the Policing of Internal Borders. Arizona has often been described as the ‘ground zero’ of US border control because of its proximity to the US-Mexico border and its harsh approach to ... Read more
  • There is an opportunity for PhD and MA students (who are currently enrolled or who will be enrolled in the new year) to apply to a part-funded Masterclass in Prato in 2017. The Masterclass will bring together leading scholars in this area in a mentorship role, to lead and facilitate discussions on critical issues, to ... Read more
  • Liz Fekete, Director of the Institute of Race Relations (IRR) in the UK, has published a perceptive review of Rethinking Border Control for a Globalizing World in the IRR’s Race and Class Journal. Edited by BOb’s Associate Professor Leanne Weber, the collection contains contributions from international scholars in the fields of law, criminology, politics, sociology ... Read more
  • Submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee, from Monash and InTouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence Dr Marie Segrave, of the Border Crossing Observatory has led a submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee regarding the Migration Amendment (Family Violence and Other Measures) Bill 2016. The submission can be found here and here. The ... Read more
  • Along with BOb researcher Rebecca Powell, Leanne Weber has conducted a series of focus groups exploring the concept of belonging at South East Community Links, a welcome drop-in centre for young people in Noble Park, Melbourne. This work is part of Leanne’s  ARC Future Fellowship research project Globalisation and the Policing of Internal Borders. Inspired by scholarship ... Read more
  • BOb criminologists have made significant contributions to a groundbreaking publication linking criminology and human rights. Co-edited by our co-Director, Leanne Weber (with Elaine Fishwick and Marinella Marmo) and featuring an original contribution from BOb’s Marie Segrave, Sharon Pickering and Sanja Milivojevic, the Routledge International Handbook of Criminology and Human Rights brings together a diverse body of work from around the ... Read more
  • Our Director, Professor Sharon Pickering, was honoured on Tuesday night to present the annual Fay Gale Lecture, hosted by the Academy of Social Sciences Australia (ASSA) in conjunction with Monash University at the State Library of Victoria. Introduced by ASSA Fellow Professor Kathleen Daly from Griffith University, Sharon presented her lecture on gender and border deaths ... Read more
  • We were lucky enough to host international research intern, Mr Rouven Link from the Catholic University Eichstätt-Ingolstadt in Germany during the first half of this year. Rouven has written a reflection on his internship experience below. If you are interested in an internship opportunity at the Border Crossing Observatory, visit our internships page for more information. From February to ... Read more
  • The Border Observatory’s  Dr Marie Segrave was selected to take part in the recent Australian Academy of Sciences Theo Murphy Think Tank: An interdisciplinary approach to living in a risky world hosted by the Academy of Sciences, Theo Murphy High Flyers Think Tank, July 20-22, Canberra. Across two days high achieving early- and mid-career researchers were ... Read more
  • Findings from the Samoa case study that formed part of the Fluid Security in the Asia Pacific project featured recently in a program on the benefits and drawbacks of remittances that was broadcast on Radio National’s ‘The Money’. The program, presented by host Richard Aedy and producer Fiona Pepper, gave an overview of the extent, purpose ... Read more
  • Associate Professor Leanne Weber has joined with visual artists and curators to discuss contemporary borders at a public seminar held at the Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA). The event was associated with a stunning exhibition on Borders, Barriers, Walls, curated by Francis Parker. In the words of MUMA director Charlotte Day, the exhibition ‘explores physical ... Read more
  • Rebecca Powell, the Observatory’s Managing-Director, attended and presented at the Launch Meeting of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Gender Equality Platform for Border Security and Management in Helsinki, Finland last week. The Launch was held at the Finnish Customs School, bringing together representatives from across the OSCE region to discuss women’s ... Read more

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