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'Criminal deportation’: Analysing interactions between migration control and criminal justice systems in Australia

This project investigates the convergence of migration control and criminal justice by analysing pathways to what we call ‘criminal deportation’ i.e. deportation following cancellation of a visa on character grounds, generally following a criminal conviction. Our emphasis will be on processes leading to the deportation of non-citizens who are longstanding residents and members of Australian communities. Little is known about how criminal justice institutions such as police, courts and prisons have been affected by the increasing focus on the criminal offending and character of these non-citizens. Conceptualising the criminal deportation system as a crimmigration assemblage, we will map and examine interactions between federal migration control and state criminal justice agencies in Australia at multiple points along the pathway towards criminal deportation, demonstrating the many possibilities for interactions between these crimmigration partners along the way. We will identify how each of these agencies contributes to, and/or inhibits, the ultimate outcome of criminal deportation, and consider whether involvement in this system is transforming their day-to-day practice.

The project is funded by an Australian Research Council Discovery Project grant DP210100931.

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Leanne Weber is a Research Professor of Criminology in the Canberra Law School with a multi-disciplinary background in the social sciences. She researches policing and border control using criminological and human rights frameworks. Leanne holds an MA in the theory and practice of human rights from the University of Essex, and an MPhil and PhD in criminology from the University of Cambridge.
Leanne’s main contribution to the project will focus on the role of police in enabling criminal deportations. She will also assume primary responsibility for overall project management.


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Associate Professor Marinella Marmo is the Director of Teaching Program of Flinders Criminology. She holds a PhD in Applied Social Science (University of Lancaster, UK) and an LLB Hons (Università di Salerno, Italy). She is a multiple award-winning tertiary education academic, and she has published extensively in the area of critical criminology and human rights. Marinella’s contribution to the project as CI will be on court cases and interviews with judges. She also looks at the intersectionality of gender and health as potential determinant factors in such decision-making processes.


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Professor Alison Gerard is Head of the Canberra Law School. Alison's research focuses on social justice and has been published in leading international and Australian journals. Her sixth book, which focuses on the criminalisation of young people in Out-of-Home Care, will be published by Routledge in 2022.

Alison’s main contribution as CI on this Project will be the NSW case studies and interviews with Magistrates, Lawyers and police (including Police prosecutors).


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Dr Faith Gordon is an Associate Professor in Law and Deputy Associate Dean of Research at the ANU College of Law, The Australian National University. Faith is the Director of the Interdisciplinary International Youth Justice Network which she established in 2016 and a co-founder and co-moderator of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology's Thematic Group on children, young people and the criminal justice system. She is also an Associate Research Fellow at the Information Law & Policy Centre, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, London and Justice and Technoscience Lab, School of Regulation and Global Governance. Faith has international expertise and research experience in youth justice; media representations; children’s rights; criminal law; digital technologies; media regulation. Faith is a CI on the DP and will be leading on the children and young people-related strand of the fieldwork.


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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, immigration detention centres and deportation uphold notions of race, gender and citizenship and how those who are subject to these practices or work in these fields negotiate their daily lives. Her research is international and comparative and has included work conducted in Britain, France, Greece, the United States and Australia.

Mary will be overseeing the data collection relating to the role of detention centres and prisons.


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Rebecca Powell is a research consultant on migration and inclusion. She is currently completing a PhD part-time with Monash Criminology that investigates the deportation of convicted New Zealanders from Australia under Section 501 of the Migration Action 1958 (Cth) through a crimmigration framework. She will contribute to this project as a research consultant with expertise on s501 visa cancellation and deportation legislation and policy, the AAT and impacts of s501 visa cancellation and deportation on convicted non-citizens.

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Meg Randolph (She/Her) is a current Doctoral Candidate at Monash University. Her research is within the field of Border Criminology as she explores the development of offshore detention policies within Australia and the Global North. Meg’s contribution to this research is in the capacity of a Research Assistant supporting the CIs throughout this project.