I teach into the criminology and socio-legal studies program. My research interests are in border protection, immigration detention and the modes, practices and effects of spaces of confinement and control, broadly speaking.
My doctoral thesis argued that contemporary border protection policies in Australia amount to a failure of responsibility, in ethical terms. This examined immigration detention as a site for rethinking the ethical relations of those who work within the institutional life of migration, whether politicians, judges, guards or health care professionals, in order to argue for an ethics of office which might contribute towards a deeper understanding of responsibility beyond mere accountability to a role. I am a team member of an international, interdisciplinary network - The Comparative Network on the Externalisation of Refugee Protection, funded by the Erasmus Program of the European Union, to conduct research over a 3 year period, commencing 2019, into the impact and effects of externalisation in the Asia Pacific/Australian region and in Europe and Northern Africa. I am currently examining the carceral expansion characterising Australia's policy of offshore detention, through the work of Behrouz Boochani. A related area of my research is the extension of my analysis of institutional conduct in diverse sites such as youth detention, prisons, aged and disability care. I am a committee member of the Birmingham University-based Carceral Geography Network.Investigator on:Comparative Network on Externalisation of Refugee Protection: Erasmus+ European Union Project. 2019 - 2021. 300,00 Euro. Is zero-tolerance to violence a zero-sum game? Perceptions of dangerousness and issues of equity in mental health settings. Awarded by University of Melbourne - Melbourne School of Social Equity Grant. 2019. $50,000
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Regional deterrence and ‘non-genuine’ refugees: The punitive legacy of the 1989 Comprehensive Plan of Action
Journal article | 2019 | Asian and Pacific Migration Journal
The outsourcing of refugee protection obligations is reshaping state relations in the Asia Pacific and Southeast Asian region and ..
Academics call for an end to immigration detention
Philomena Murray, Claire Loughnan, Jordana Silverstein, Louise Newman, John Tobin
Scholarly Contribution to Database/Website | 2018
Researchers from universities around Australia are adding their voices to the groundswell of concern about the country’s treatment..
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Lecturer In Criminology (Mecaf)
Social And Political Sciences
Refugee Studies Steering Group, Melbourne Social Equity Institute
International Detention Coalition
University of Melbourne
Post Graduate Diploma (Arts)
University of Melbourne
Bachelor of Arts
The University of Western Australia