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Leanne Weber is a Research Professor 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 joined CLS in February 2021, having previously been a Future Fellow in the School of Social Sciences and Director of the Border Crossing Observatory at Monash University. Prior to that she was a Larkins Research Fellow at the same institution. She began her academic career in 2003 teaching policing at the University of Western Sydney, then criminology at the University of NSW.
Leanne has produced, or co-produced, ten academic monographs, handbooks and edited collections. Her 2011 book Globalization and Borders: Death at the Global Frontier (Palgrave, with Sharon Pickering), was awarded the inaugural Christine M Alder Book Prize by the ANZ Society of Criminology. She has also authored more than 50 journal articles and book chapters on policing and border control with international journals and publishers.  

Selected Op Eds and Media Mentions:

Leanne Weber and Claudia Tazreiter ‘The Elgar Handbook on Migration and Global Justice’, Border Criminologies blog, 6 Dec 2021 
Leanne Weber ‘Membership without mobility: The counterfactual as fact’, Global Citizenship Observatory website, European University Institute, 3 September 2021
Leanne Weber ‘What’s wrong with risk’, Police Accountability Project website, 12 August 2021
Vicki Sentas, Leanne Weber and Louise Boon-Kuo 'COVID has changed policing - but now policing needs to change', The Conversation, 30 July 2021.
Leanne Weber, ‘Systemic racism, violence, and the overpolicing of minority groups in Victoria’, Monash Lens 22 June 2020
Undocumented migration: Live to air interview with Phillip Adams on Late Night Live, Radio National, 30 October 2019
Reimagining Migration’ panel discussion broadcast on ABC Radio National Big Ideas 27 November 2019
Leanne Weber 'Crimes of obedience: Why do people consent to large-scale harm?' Monash Lens,  27 May 2019 
Recent books:

Elgar Handbook on Migration and Global Justice (with C. Tazreiter, 2021)

Place, Race and Politics: The anatomy of a law and order crisis (with J. Blaustein, K. Benier, R. Wickes, D. Johns, Emerald Publishing, 2021)

Current projects:

Analysing interactions within the criminal deportation system (DP210100931 with M Marmo, A Gerard, F Gordon, M Bosworth)

Globalisation and the policing of internal borders (FT140101044)

Previous ARC-funded projects:

Policing Migration in Australia: an analysis of onshore migration policing networks (DP0774554)

Exploring the experience of security in the Vietnamese Australian Community: practical implications for policing (LPO776899,with DL Meredyth,TN Thomas,MD Gilding,NL Cherry; Industry Partner Victoria Police). 

Fluid Security in the Asia Pacific (DP1093107, with S Pickering, C Tazreiter and M Segrave)

Exporting Risk: The Australian Deportation Project (DP110102453, with S Pickering, M Grewcock and M  Segrave).


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, The detention of asylum seekers at UK ports of entry, University of Cambridge

Award Date: 22 Jul 2006

Master, Theory and Practice of Human Rights, University of Essex

Award Date: 26 Mar 1998

Master, Criminology, University of Cambridge

Award Date: 17 Jul 1993

Bachelor, University of Adelaide

Award Date: 3 May 1988

Bachelor, Bachelor of Science, University of Adelaide

Award Date: 2 May 1979

External positions

External PhD supervisor for Meg Randolph, Monash University

1 Feb 202131 Dec 2022

External PhD supervisor for Rebecca Powell, Monash University

1 Feb 202131 Dec 2022

Series co-editor Palgrave Critical Studies in Human Rights and Criminology, Palgrave Publishing

2021 → …

Research Associate, Centre for Criminology, University of Oxford

19 Aug 2020 → …

Member of editorial board, Theoretical Criminology

2020 → …

Convenor, ANZ Society of Criminology Crimmigration and Border Control Thematic Group

2019 → …

Member of editorial board, International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy

2019 → …


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