The Researching Borders Masterclass

The inaugural Border Crossing Observatory and Border Criminologies postgraduate Masterclass event.
Monday 25th – Wednesday 27th September 2017
Monash University Prato Centre, Prato, Italy.

We are bringing together leading scholars in this area in a mentorship role, to lead and facilitate discussions on critical issues, to advance knowledge, to deepen our understanding of border-related issues and to build and strengthen research partnerships and platforms with selected postgraduate students researching irregular migration, border crossings and bordering practices. If you are undertaking postgraduate research in this area, we would love to hear from you.


The aim of the Masterclass is to bring together postgraduate scholars (who must be enrolled in a PhD or MA or equivalent at the time of the event) working on research that intersects with the study of borders, regulation, irregular migration. Research that aligns with the Border Crossing Observatory’s research agenda is welcome, but we are also open to research that sits outside this focus. We welcome cross-disciplinary researchers and applications are welcome from a range of disciplines.

The three-day event will focus on:

  1. Developing a publication for submission,
  2. Extending knowledge and interrogation of key scholarly issues, and;
  3. Targeted workshops on theoretical, empirical and methodological issues and career readiness.

The event will involve time to write, one-on-one time with an academic mentor, group discussions and seminars. The focus of the group discussions will be informed by the breadth and variation of participant’s research: the event will be tailored to the successful applicants.


The current confirmed mentors include:

Associate Prof Leanne Weber, ARC Future Fellow, Monash University
Prof Sharon Pickering, Monash University
Prof Mary Bosworth, Oxford University
Prof Nancy Wonders, Northern Arizona University
Dr Marie Segrave (Event organiser), ARC DECRA Fellow, Monash University
Associate Prof JaneMaree Maher, Monash University
Dr Sanja Milivojevic, La Trobe University


Applications are due by 11 November 2016, via the form below.

The application is competitive: there are limited positions available. Applications will be assessed based on the strength of the submitted abstract and the alignment of the postgraduate research focus and/or methodological approach.

Support to attend

Accommodation for successful applicants will be paid for the workshop period. There will be some limited funds for additional travel costs.

For further information contact Dr Marie Segrave

Application Form

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