Network team

Professor Philomena Murray – Director of CONREP

Professor Philomena Murray
Professor Philomena Murray
academic profile

Philomena Murray is Professor in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne. She holds Australia’s only Personal Jean Monnet Chair awarded by the European Union. She has directed several international research projects on EU-Asia relations; comparative regionalism and EU-Australia as the recipient of EU grants. She currently co-directs an EU-funded research project on EU-Australia relations with Dr Margherita Matera.

She founded the Contemporary European Studies Association of Australia. She received a national Carrick / (Australian Learning and Teaching Council) Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning for pioneering the first EU curriculum in Australia and leadership in national and international curriculum development. She is an assessor for the Australian Research Council and European research bodies. A former diplomat, she has run training courses on the EU for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Canberra.

She is a Visiting Research Fellow at Trinity College Dublin. She is Visiting Professor at the College of Europe, Bruges. She is Associate Research Fellow at United Nations University – Comparative Regional Integration Studies, Bruges. She is co-founder and Coordinator of Academics for Refugees since 2014. Her research interests are in refugee policy in the EU and Australia; comparative regional integration; EU-Asia relations; EU-Australia relations and EU governance and legitimacy.

Ms Tamara Tubakovic – Research Coordinator CONREP 2020

Ms Tamara Tubakovic
Ms Tamara Tubakovic

Tamara Tubakovic is a researcher and teaching associate in the School of Social Political Sciences, the University of Melbourne. Tamara’s doctoral thesis, The Challenges to Reforming the Dublin System: A Critical Assessment of the Institutional Constraints on EU Asylum Policy-Making, analysed the way in which the EU’s institutional decision-making framework has hindered concrete and durable solutions to the challenges of asylum distribution in the EU. Her research and publications focus on EU asylum policy-making, institutional and policy reform, crisis decision-making and regional integration.

In 2018 Tamara was a visiting graduate research fellow at the Refugee Studies Centre at the University of Oxford. In 2017 Tamara conducted an internship at the Royal Institute for International Relations (Egmont) in Brussels. In 2016 she was awarded a postgraduate fellowship at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. She tutors in the undergraduate subject European Integration: The Politics of the EU and has given guest lectures on immigration and asylum issues in the EU in International Affairs (Master of International Relations, the University of Melbourne) and on regional refugee challenges in Comparative Regional Governance (Master of International Relations, the University of Melbourne).

Dr Margherita Matera – Research Coordinator CONREP 2018-2019

Dr Margherita Matera
Dr Margherita Matera
academic profile

Margherita Matera is a researcher and Honorary Fellow in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne. Her research and publications focus on the European Union’s security and defence cooperation, the EU as a foreign policy, security and crisis management actor, the externalisation and securisation of EU refugee policy, NATO and the transatlantic relationship, EU-Australia relations, and comparative regionalism. In 2015, she was the recipient of the Summer Research Scholar Program Grant from the European Union Center of Excellence and European Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh. She teaches on EU integration, comparative European politics and international relations. She is a co-editor of a special issue of the Australian Journal of International Affairs on EU-Australia Relations, published in 2018 with Professor Philomena Murray. In 2017 she was awarded, along with Professor Murray, a two-year Jean Monnet Project to further explore EU-Australia relations.

  • Dr Claire Loughnan
    Dr Claire Loughnan
    Dr Claire Loughnan
    academic profile

    Claire Loughnan is an Early Career Researcher, and Teaching Fellow in Criminology, at the School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Melbourne. Her doctoral research examined the policies, laws and practices of immigration detention in the Australian setting from an institutional perspective. She traced the progressive disavowal of responsibility for refugees over a twenty year period, marked by the steady contraction of Australia's obligations under the Refugee Convention. She is currently writing on Australia's role in offshore processing at Manus Island. Claire's research interests are on the trend towards criminalised and racialised responses to border crossings, with a particular focus on the offshoring/externalisation of responsibilities for refugees. She teaches in socio-legal studies, and in criminal justice and human rights. Claire is a committee member of the Carceral Geography Network (based at the University of Birmingham) and a member of Refugee Studies Steering Group at the Melbourne School of Social Equity.

  • Kelly Soderstrom
    Kelly Soderstrom
    Kelly Soderstrom
    academic profile

    Kelly Soderstrom is a PhD Candidate in International Relations at the University of Melbourne. She holds a Bachelors degree in Political Science/International Relations from Carleton College and a Masters degree (distinction) in International and European Politics from the University of Edinburgh. Her PhD thesis examines responsibility in the context of Germany's response to the 2015 refugee crisis. Her research interests include German and EU asylum policies, European integration, identity, and citizenship. In 2018, she was awarded a graduate fellowship at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy.

  • Dr Amy Nethery
    Dr Amy Nethery
    Dr Amy Nethery
    academic profile

    Amy Nethery is Senior Lecturer in Politics and Policy at Deakin University. She researches the development and impact of asylum policies in Australia and Asia, with a focus on transnational cooperation on border control. An important theme of her work is the analysis of asylum policy according to democratic norms of policymaking. She has a particular interest in immigration detention: its history, evolution, diffusion, legal status, consistency with democratic norms, and human impact. Her article 'Australia-Indonesia Cooperation on Asylum Policy' (Australian Journal of International Affairs, 2014) was awarded the 2014 Boyer Prize for the best article published in that journal that year, and was assessed most likely to have lasting impact on policymaking.

    On Australian asylum policy, Dr Nethery's PhD thesis entitled Immigration Detention in Australia won the Isi Leibler Prize in 2011 for the thesis that best advances our knowledge of racism in Australia. An edited volume entitled Immigration Detention: the Migration of a Policy and its Human Impact (with SJ Silverman, Routledge 2015) provides a global survey of the now ubiquitous, yet quite diverse, policy of immigration detention. Dr Nethery was a visiting fellow to the Refugee Studies Centre at the University of Oxford in 2013. She teaches the unit Asylum Challenges in Australia and Asia, and supervises research students on this topic

  • Dr Maria O'Sullivan
    Dr Maria O'Sullivan
    Dr Maria O'Sullivan
    academic profile

    Maria O'Sullivan is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Law, Monash University and a Deputy Director of the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law. Her teaching and research interests are administrative law, public law and international refugee law. Maria has completed a PhD thesis on cessation of refugee status under Article 1C(5) of the 1951 Refugee Convention and is the author of a number of international and national publications on the subjects of refugee law. She was granted the Faculty of Law Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research by an Early Career Researcher, in recognition of outstanding academic achievement in 2016, and was a Nominee for the Monash University Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Research by an Early Career Researcher.

    Her latest publication is an edited volume on access to refugee protection and procedures: States, the Law and Access to Refugee Protection - Fortresses and Fairness (Hart, 2017), co-authored with Dallal Stevens, University of Warwick. This brings together contributions from international leading scholars and examines two of the most pertinent current challenges faced by asylum seekers in gaining access to international refugee protection: the obstacles to physical access to territory and barriers to accessing a quality asylum procedure. It includes papers on border issues in Turkey; the interdiction and screening of asylum seekers at sea, obstacles to entry for Central America refugees in the United States, the asylum system in South Africa and access to justice for Syrian refugees in Lebanon. She is currently writing a monograph on the durability of refugee protection, to be published by Routledge in late 2018. Maria is a regular media commentator on refugee law and policy and has been published by The Conversation, Refugees Deeply and Asylum Insight.

  • Assoc. Professor Azadeh Dastyari
    Assoc. Professor Azadeh Dastyari
    Assoc. Professor Azadeh Dastyari
    academic profile

    Azadeh Dastyari is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law at Western Sydney University with expertise in international refugee law, human rights law, international maritime law, and constitutional law. She is particularly interested in the interception of people seeking protection at sea; offshore and extraterritorial processing; and immigration detention. She also researches the regulation and control of dissent and protest. Azadeh has been a visiting scholar at Harvard Law School (Fulbright and Lionel Murphy scholar); the European University Institute; Georgetown University and the University of Bologna. She is a former Deputy Director of the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law at Monash University.

    Azadeh has developed training resources for UNHCR staff in the Middle East and North Africa Region on protection at sea. She is a partner on the Comparative Network on Refugee Externalisation Policies (CONREP), an interdisciplinary network of experts from six universities in Australia and Europe researching the impact and effects of externalisation in two regions: Australia's activities in Southeast Asia and the Pacific; and the European Union and its member states' activities in North Africa. CONREP is funded by the European Union under the Eramus+ Programme-Jean Monnet Activities. Azadeh is also engaged in the Search and Rescue Observatory for the Mediterranean (SAROBMED), a collaboration with researchers and NGOs in Australia and the EU to improve law and practice in relation to the search and rescue of boat migrants and refugees.

  • Asher Hirsch
    Asher Hirsch
    Asher Hirsch
    academic profile

    Asher Hirsch is a Senior Policy Officer with the Refugee Council of Australia, the national umbrella body for refugees and the organisations and individuals who support them. His work involves research policy development and advocacy on national issues impacting refugee communities and people seeking asylum. Asher is also completing a PhD at Monash University in refugee and human rights law. His research investigates Australia's migration control activities in Southeast Asia, which aim to prevent asylum seekers from reaching Australian territory and seeking protection. He holds a Bachelor of Arts, a Master of Human Rights Law, a Juris Doctor and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice.

  • Associate Professor Pierluigi Musarò
    Associate Professor Pierluigi Musarò
    Assoc. Professor Pierluigi
    Musarò academic profile

    Pierluigi Musarò is Associate Professor of Sociology at the Department of Sociology and Business Law, University of Bologna, Italy, where he leads teaching modules such as 'Humanitarian Communication’ and ‘Media and Security’. He is Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science and Research Fellow, and at the Institute for Public Knowledge at the New York University. He is also Faculty \ Expert/Mentor for the WISE Learners' Voice Program, Qatar Foundation. He is the author of several papers in the field of migration and border, media communication, cultural sociology and sustainable tourism. He is President of the Italian NGO YODA and founding Director of IT.A.CÀ migrants and travellers: Festival of Responsible Tourism.

  • Assoc. Professor Marco Borracetti
    Assoc. Professor Marco Borracetti
    Assoc. Professor Marco Borracetti
    adacemic profile

    Marco Borracetti holds a PhD in EU Law from the University of Bologna; he is Researcher and Senior Lecturer of European Union Law of the Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna, School of Political Science, where he teaches EU Institutional Law and EU Immigration Law. He was recently appointed as co-director of the European Regional MA Programme in Democracy and Human Rights in South East Europe where he teaches Migration and Human Rights.

    He is the director of MigLab-Studi sulle Migrazioni, a center of the Department of Political and Social Sciences, University of Bologna and he is member of the Editorial board of Diritto Immigrazione Cittadinanza (Journal on Migration Law Citizenship). His current main research interests include migration, trafficking in human beings and human rights; the right to water and the EU development cooperation; the EU external borders policy; the judicial protection of fundamental rights in the EU. He is member of different Bologna teams working on migration issues: GLOBUS, a H2020 research project that critically examines the European Union’s contribution to global justice; ESPON 2020 Programme ECTG, on Territorial and Urban Potentials Connected to Migration and Refugee Flows; AMIF, Arts Together, Integrating migrant children at schools through artistic expression

    Marco was Visiting Scholar at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, European Union Center (2015), and Visiting Professor at Université Libre de Bruxelles - Institut d'Etudes Européennes (2011).

  • Adjunct Professor Federico Ferri
    Adjunct Professor Federico Ferri
    Adjunct Professor Federico
    Ferri academic profile

    Federico Ferri is Adjunct Professor of EU Law and Tutor of International Law at the University of Bologna and works within the Schools of Law and Political Science. He holds a PhD in European Law from the Universities of Bologna and Strasbourg (2015) and a Specializing Masters in Human Rights and Humanitarian Intervention (2011). Federico is also a civil attorney in the municipality of Bologna and collaborates with companies, institutions and reviews in Italy and abroad. In particular, he monitors the evolution of the EU secondary law and jurisprudence on migration on behalf of the journals Immigrazione.it and Diritto, immigrazione e cittadinanza. He conducts research in a variety of fields relating to sustainable development and innovation, environment, energy, alternative finance, an intellectual/industrial property. Federico has a special interest in the concept, nature and legal implications of sustainable development, migration, and the protection of fundamental human rights.

  • Dr Elena Giacomelli
    Dr Elena Giacomelli
    Dr Elena Giacomelli
    academic profile

    Elena Giacomelli is a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Sociology and Business of Law at the University of Bologna. She is now working on environmental change and migration dynamics. She obtained a PhD, conducting an ethnographic research on social workers with asylum seekers and refugees. In order to anchor her research to practice, she worked for two years as a social worker with asylum seekers and refugees with the Association Centro Astalli. Her research and publications focus on social work with asylum seekers and refugees, migration dynamics, ethnography, cultural sociology. She has conducted many studying and working experiences abroad. In 2018 Elena was a visiting research fellow at the University of the Western Cape (South Africa). In 2016 she took an internship in the Australian Population and Migration Research Center (University of Adelaide). She conducted her Master dissertation in the Third World Studies Center, in The Philippines, focusing internally displaced people due to environmental change. During her Masters, she spent one semester in the Metropolitan University of Prague, where she took part in the research project “Current Migration to Europe: Research of Smart Population Dynamics”. In 2014, she was a Bachelor exchange student at the University of Melbourne.

  • Professor Sandra Lavenex
    Professor Sandra Lavenex
    Profesor Sandra Lavenex
    academic profile

    Sandra Lavenex is Professor of European and International Politics at the University of Geneva and Visiting Professor at the College of Europe where she teaches European asylum and immigration policies in their internal and external dimensions. Sandra Lavenex obtained her PhD from the European University Institute in Florence in 1999 for a thesis on The Europeanization of Refugee Policies: between human rights and internal security (Ashgate 2001) and has pioneered the study of EU external migration policies with her book Safe Third Countries. Extending the EU asylum and immigration policies to Central and Eastern Europe (Central European University Press 1999). These topics have remained an important pillar of her research and have been expanded to the field of international cooperation on migration more broadly including the nexus with development and trade policies and the comparative analysis of regional cooperation on refugee protection, mobility and migration.

  • Professor Gregor Noll
    Professor Gregor Noll
    Professor Gregor Noll
    academic profile

    Gregor Noll and has been recently appointed to a chair in international law at the School of Business, Economics and Law at Gothenburg University after holding the chair of international law at Lund University between 2005 and 2018. His research is mainly in the areas of migration law, the law of armed conflict, the theory of international law, and the effects of AI on law. Noll held the prestigious Pufendorf Chair at Lund University from 2012 to 2016 and co-launched the Gothenburg/Lund/Uppsala Migration Law Research Network in 2011. With a group of junior and mid-career research fellows, he transformed Lund into a brand for interdisciplinary research in international law. He has regularly published on the asylum and migration laws and policies of the European Union, and is currently researching the interaction between demography, democracy and migration law.