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Associate Professor in Law, Charles Sturt University

Alison Gerard is the Associate Professor in Law and Director of the Centre for Law and Justice at Charles Sturt University. Alison's research focuses on social justice issues and has been included in international journals such as the British Journal of Criminology, Journal of Refugee Studies, and Criminology and Criminal Justice. Her latest book, The Securitization of Migration and Refugee Women provides a humanized account of restrictions on mobility and the tensions between refugee protection and border control. The book draws on the experiences of Somali refugee women who arrive in the Southern European Union Member State of Malta, and analyses their exposure to criminal justice practices of deterrence, punishment, and risk reduction. Alison's current research projects focus on the criminalization of asylum seekers in Hong Kong, and, the over-representation of young people in out-of-home care in the criminal justice system. Her fifth book, an edited international collection entitled Entrapping Asylum Seekers, will be published by Palgrave MacMillan in 2017.


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer in Justice Studies, Charles Sturt University


  • 2012 
    Monash University, PhD