Borders & Refugee Women

Dr Alison Gerard is a researcher at The Border Crossing Observatory, currently based at Charles Sturt University. She completed her PhD at Monash University in 2012, looking at the impact of processes of border securitisation on womens’ experiences of exit, transit and arrival in Malta, a Member State of the European Union. Her thesis was awarded Monash University’s 2012 PhD prize for Political and Social Inquiry (Criminology), and the Mollie Holman Doctoral Award for extraordinary academic achievement, awarded to PhD students who are judged to have presented the best doctoral theses of the year.

Dr Gerard previously worked as a criminal lawyer with Victoria Legal Aid, and has consulted to conflict transformation NGOs in South East Asia. She completed her Masters in International Humanitarian Action with the Institute for International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict at Bochum University, Germany.

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Project updates

  • Speaking to the humanizing and gendered impact of “Fortress Europe,” research on Malta shows that much of the practice remains mainly reactive to asylum seekers. Focusing on the voices of Somali women and pulling apart the four key stages of the refugee journey from Somalia (transit through North Africa; arrival in Malta; and finally, onward ... Read more
  • Continuing her research on the plight of asylum seekers in Malta, BOb’s Dr Alison Gerard, Charles Sturt University, has contributed to the Border Criminologies blog with a post on ‘Arbitrary detention without respect for human dignity’. Using two recent European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) decisions that highlight the “..squalid, unlawful and arbitrary nature of immigration detention in ... Read more
  • Voice is a Middle Eastern project run by Arab Renaissance for Democracy and Development (ARDD)-Legal Aid in partnership with Oxfam-GB. It is formulated around the status quo of Syrian refugees residing inside Za’atri camp in Jordan.Working with four groups of men and women Syrian refugees inside the camp, Voice documents their stories to communicate their ... Read more
  • The Border Crossing Observatory’s Dr Alison Gerard has been awarded the Mollie Holman Doctoral Medal for her PhD research on refugee women in Malta. Congratulations Alison! The Mollie Holman Doctoral Award recognises extraordinary academic achievement and is awarded to PhD students who are judged to have presented the best doctoral theses of the year. Currently based at ... Read more