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BOb draws together an international network of critical criminologists and researchers from related disciplines who work in connection with key NGOs to examine border crossings and irregular migration differently, putting the experiences of human beings at the centre.

Managing Team

Key Researchers

Collaborators, NGO Partners, Visiting Scholars, Graduate research students

Managing Team

Professor Sharon PickeringProfessor Sharon Pickering


Sharon Pickering is a Professor of Criminology and Dean of Arts at Monash University. She researches irregular border crossing and has written in the areas of refugees and trafficking with a focus on gender and human rights. Sharon is the Founder of the Border Crossing Observatory.

Professor Pickering was most recently an Australian Research Council Future Fellow on Border Policing. She is Series Editor with Katja Franko Aas (Oslo University) and Mary Bosworth (Oxford University) of Routledge Studies in Criminal Justice, Borders and Citizenship and is the former Editor of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology.

Associate Professor Leanne WeberAssociate Professor Leanne Weber


Leanne Weber is Associate Professor of Criminology, Director of the Border Crossing Observatory and Australian Research Council Future Fellow in the School of Social Sciences at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. She is the Program Leader for Borders and Border Control with her expertise in border control and migration policing using criminological and human rights frameworks.

Her books include The Routledge International Handbook on Criminology and Human Rights, 2017 (with Elaine Fishwick and Marinella Marmo), Policing Non-Citizens, 2013 (Routledge), Stop and Search: Police Power in Global Context, 2013 (Routledge, with Ben Bowling) and Globalization and Borders: Death at the Global Frontier, 2011 (Palgrave, with Sharon Pickering).

Associate Professor Marie SegraveAssociate Professor Marie Segrave

Program Leader

Marie Segrave is the Program Leader for Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery and a Researcher with The Border Crossing Observatory. Marie is also a Researcher at the Monash Gender and Family Violence. She researches in a wide range of areas but her work is primarily concerned with migration, regulation, exploitation, and criminalisation.

Marie’s current research projects are focused on temporary migration & labour exploitation in Australia, temporary migration and family violence and human trafficking and modern slavery.

Rebecca PowellRebecca Powell

Managing Director/Researcher

Rebecca Powell is the Managing-Director of the Border Crossing Observatory and the Research Manager of MMIC. She has worked as a senior researcher on a number of irregular migration research projects hosted by the Border Crossing Observatory and has previous experience working as an international research consultant on trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and the Asia Regional Trafficking in Persons Project.

Rebecca is currently completing a PhD by publications part time titled ‘‘I still call Australia home’: The deportation of convicted non-citizens from Australia and the impact of policy and practice from a criminological perspective.’

Meg RandolphMeg Randolph


Meg Randolph is a research assistant for the Border Crossing Observatory. She supports the Managing Team in various research projects. She also helps Rebecca Powell in the management of the BOb website.

Meg is currently undertaking her PhD research titled, ‘The formation and transfer of border protection policies in the Global North: A case study of Operation Sovereign Borders’.

Key Researchers

Professor Mary BosworthProfessor Mary Bosworth


Mary Bosworth is the Director of the Centre for Criminology and Director of Border Criminologies, an interdisciplinary research group focusing on the intersections between criminal justice and border control. In addition to being Professor of Criminology, she is a Fellow of St Cross College at the University of Oxford and, concurrently, Professor of Criminology at Monash University. Prof. Bosworth conducts research into the ways in which prisons and immigration detention centres uphold notions of race, gender and citizenship and how those who are confined negotiate their daily lives. Her research is international and comparative and has included work conducted in Britain, France, Greece, the US and Australia.

Assistant Professor Dr Julie HamJulie Ham


Julie Ham is an Assistant Professor within Department of Sociology at The University of Hong Kong. Julie’s recent research explores the regulation of sex work and migration and its impact on sex workers’ security, mobility and agency. She has published on sex work, anti-trafficking, gender and migration, feminist participatory action research, and activist efforts by trafficking survivors, sex workers and domestic workers.

Dr SaDr Sanja Milivojevicnja Milivojevic


Dr Sanja Milivojevic is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia. Her research interests are borders and mobility, human trafficking, security technologies, gender and victimisation, and human rights. Sanja’s most recent research focuses on the use of security technologies in regulating migration in the Western Balkans. She publishes in English and Serbian. Sanja’s latest book Sex Trafficking and Modern Slavery: The Absence of Evidence is published by Routledge (with Segrave and Pickering).

Associate Professor Claudia TazreiterAssociate Professor Claudia Tazreiter


Claudia Tazreiter is a Associate Professor Sociology at the School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, UNSW.

Claudia is a political sociologist. Her research focuses on contemporary human rights discourses, migration, the role of civil society, cosmopolitanism and post-conflict reconciliation processes. She has published extensively on migration, human rights, the asylum policies of Western states, the role of non-governmental organizations in policy advocacy, and women’s rights in post-conflict settings.

Dr Francesco VecchioDr Francesco Vecchio


Francesco Vecchio is an adjunct research fellow and was previously a post-doctoral research fellow in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. His research interests span across several disciplines with a focus on mixed migratory movements, irregular border crossing and informality. After completing studies in history in Milan and intercultural studies in Padua, he gained work experience in international and non-government organisations across Europe and Asia before landing at Monash University, where he completed a PhD in criminology in 2012. His thesis revealed the experiences of people seeking asylum in Hong Kong and the practice and reason for their illegalisation.

Associate Professor Alison GerardAssociate Professor Alison Gerard


Alison Gerard is the Associate Professor in Law at Charles Sturt University and Director of the Centre for Law and Justice. Alison's legal experience spans criminal law, corporate law, class actions, public international law and legal research. Her research interests include; the securitisation of migration and refugee women, criminalisation of young people in out-of-home care, asylum seeking in Hong Kong, prisons, privatization and the prison-industrial complex, sex work, labour and mobility, feminist legal theory and intersectionality, gender and punishment, and conflict transformation.

Dr Bodean HedwardsDr Bodean Hedwards


Dr. Bodean Hedwards is a criminologist, focused predominantly on responses to slavery, human trafficking and related forms of exploitation in Australia and abroad, and specialises in qualitative research design and implementation. Bodean has conducted research and on these issues with government and non-government organisations, including with the Walk Free Foundation and the Australian Institute of Criminology. In addition to her research, Bodean is currently the project manager for Monash University’s Global Immersion Guarantee; an Australian first initiative that seeks to engage students in issues and solutions to the human impact on the environment in innovative and sustainable ways.

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