Focusing on exploring the experiences of refugee mothers in relation to border securitisation, Brandy Cochrane is a PhD candidate at Monash University’s Criminology Department and a researcher for The Border Crossing Observatory. She also enjoys work as a research assistant, tutor, and guest lecturer at the University.

Brandy also attended Portland State University in Portland, Oregon, USA where she earned her Master’s in Criminology. Brandy has always been passionate around white collar crime work and found her niche when she came across work on borders and state crime. She was also the first research intern at the Border Crossing Observatory.


Below is a list of conferences and awards.


FAIRPS and MGS Scholarships: Monash University (2013-2016)

Urban and Public Affairs Graduate Memorial Scholarship: Portland State University (2011-2012)

Graduate Assistantship: Portland State University (2011-2012)

June Morrison Scholarship Fund: Western Society of Criminology (2012)

Second place in student poster competition: Western Association of Criminal Justice (2011)


Paper presenter: Australia and New Zealand Critical Criminology Conference,  Australian Critical Criminology Conference, American Society of Criminology, British Society of Criminology, Western Association of Criminal Justice, Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, and Western Society of Criminology (2011-2015)

Intern: Border Crossing Observatory (2011)

Coordinator: Peer Mentoring Program for Criminology and Criminal Justice Master’s Students (2011-2012)

Treasurer: Alpha Phi Sigma Honor Society (2011-2012)