Leanne Weber


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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, and prior to that 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, eight academic books, and has two further books in press. 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.  

Selected Op Eds and Media:

Nino Bucci, Victoria Police refuses to reveal how many young people tracked using secretive data tool, The Guardian 23 November 2020
Leanne Weber, ‘Systemic racism, violence, and the overpolicing of minority groups in Victoria’, Monash Lens 22 June 2020
Ruby Schwartz, The racism case Victoria Police didn’t want, The Briefing Schwartz Media, 18 June 2020
Santilla Chingaipe, Law enforcement and racial profiling, The Saturday Paper, 13 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 
Samoa planning to monitor criminal returnees, expert comment by Leanne Weber on Radio Australia Pacific Beat program, 18 February 2019
Leanne Weber, 'We need an overhaul of everyday policing practices in Victoria as well as a credible complaints system', Police Accountability Project, 15 March 2018
Leanne Weber, 'How to overcome the major argument behind Australia’s refugee policies', New Matilda, 24 February 2016
Leanne Weber, 'Operation Fortitude: it’s not just ‘clumsy wording’ that should worry us'The Conversation, 31 August 2015
Leanne Weber, 'Reinstating the right to seek asylum', The Conversation, 5 August 2013
Leanne Weber, 'Don’t blame people smugglers – bad policy leads to death at sea', The Conversation, 28 June 2012

Current projects:

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

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

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 Devlopment 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 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Cambridge

Award Date: 22 Jul 2006

Master, University of Essex

Award Date: 26 Mar 1998

Master, University of Cambridge

Award Date: 17 Jul 1993

Bachelor, University of Adelaide

Award Date: 3 May 1988

Bachelor, University of Adelaide

Award Date: 2 May 1979

External positions

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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