Professor Sharon Pickering is a Director at The Border Crossing Observatory (BOb). She is an Australian Research Council Professorial Future Fellow and Professor of Criminology. She is the Series Editor with Katja Franko Aas (Oslo University) and Mary Bosworth (Oxford University) of Routledge Studies in Criminal Justice, Borders and Citizenship.
Professor Pickering researches irregular border crossing and has written in the areas of refugees and trafficking with a focus on gender and human rights. Sharon leads a series of Australian Research Council projects focusing on the intersections of security and migration, deportation, and police and community responses to Prejudice Motivated Crimes. She has worked extensively with government agencies and law enforcement and with local and international NGOs. She has previously worked in Northern Ireland, on counter-terrorism policing, and human rights and women in South East Asia. She is the immediate past editor of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology. She has recently completed an Australian Research Council Fellowship on Border Policing: Gender, Human Rights and Security. Her books include The Routledge Handbook on Crime and International Migration (with Ham 2014); Sex Work: Labour, Mobility and Sexual Services (with Maher and Gerard 2013); Borders and Crime: Pre-Crime, Mobility and Serious Harm in an Age of Globalization (with McCulloch 2012); Globalisation and Borders: Death at the Global Frontier (with Weber 2011); Current Issues in Asylum, Forced Migration, and Trafficking (2010); Sex Trafficking: International Context and Response (with Segrave and Milivojevic 2009); Counter-Terrorism Policing: Community, Cohesion and Security (with McCulloch and Wright-Neville 2008); Borders, Mobility and Technologies of Control (with Weber 2006); Refugees and State Crime (2005); Critical Chatter: women and human rights in South East Asia (with Lambert and Alder 2003); Global Issues, Women and Justice (with Lambert 2004); Women, Policing and Resistance in Northern Ireland (2002).