Pregnant Women’s Encounters with Border Hardening

Led by PhD Candidate, Brandy Cochrane, this research project investigates how pregnant migrant women negotiate their security, agency and mobility while travelling irregularly in the face of the hardened borders of Australia. To gain an understanding of this, Brandy will talk with women who have made the journey to examine how pregnancy shaped their experiences and affected their flights. Rather than focusing on how border hardening is affecting pregnant women, her research will chart women’s journeys by their pregnancies. The focus will be on pregnancy stories of women who have made irregular journeys, allowing for the women’s narratives and experiences to be at the center of the research.

A greater understanding of how pregnant migrant women are affected by border hardening practices can contribute to strengthening protections for women and reach a greater of understanding of related harms. This research can also inform policy frameworks, service provision and social change strategies for migrant by developing an overview of the priorities and challenges perceived by migrant women in Australia and the EU.



Project Updates

  • Migration of pregnant women is on the rise and the tactics countries engage around border security is putting these women at risk. Arguing pregnant women are unduly affected by tragedies at sea, time in detention centres, and legal ramifications, BOb graduate student Brandy Cochrane challenges state security being prioritized over human rights obligations in a recent blog post titled ... Read more