Professor 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.

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. Sharon is the Founder and Director of the Border Crossing Observatory – an innovative virtual research centre that produces high quality and independent research on border crossings. She has authored 14 books and over 60 journal articles and book chapters.

She has served on the ERA research evaluation committee and currently serves on the ARC College. Professor Pickering leads a series of Australian Research Council projects focusing on the intersections of security and migration, deportation, and police and community responses to Prejudice Motivated Crimes. She won the Australian Human Rights Award in 2012 for print and online media on human rights and asylum.

Her co-authored book with Leanne Weber Globalisation and Borders: Death at the Global Frontier won the Christine M Alder book prize in 2013 and she was the 2014 winner of the British Journal of Criminology Radzinowicz Memorial Prize for best article titled ‘Hotpants at the border: Sorting sex work from trafficking‘ with Julie Ham. With A/Professor Leanne Weber she established the Australian Border Deaths Database and with co-operation of major international agencies is now expanding that to be the leading international research platform on border deaths in South East Asia.



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