Marie Segrave


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borders, migration, exploitation, gendered violence, domestic and family violence, policing.


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Marie is an ARC Future Fellow and the former Head of School for the School of Social Sciences in the Faculty of Arts.

Marie's work focuses on the intersections of border, migration, explotiation and gendered violence. 

Marie has been a key researcher with the Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre and the Migration and Inclusion Centre. Marie has worked with state governments, policing agencies and international organisations such as the International Labour Organization and UN Women. Marie has led major studies, including the national Migrant and Refugee Women's Safety and Security Study in partnership with Harmony Alliance: Migrant and Refugee Women for Change. This groundbreaking research was launched by Nyadol Nyuon in her address to the National Press Club in 2021.

Marie was awarded a prestigious ARC DECRA Fellowship for 2014-2018, for research focused on unlawful migrant labour in Australia. Her research is focused on the intersection of regulation, exploitation and vulnerability. It builds on her body of work focused on human trafficking, migration and mobility across other ARC projects. 

In 2021 Marie was awarded a Future Fellowship, focused on Gendered violence and border-related harms. This work will be conducted across Australia, Thailand, India and Indonesia, focused on family violence and migration-related abuse. This Fellowship builds on her work focused on the intersections of temporary migration status and family violence, where she has led major research projects that have provided a significant evidence base to support a nation-wide push to recognise the need to provide specific support to temporary visa holders experiencing family violence.

Her goal is to raise awareness about these complex intersections, and to help create more effective policies that have better outcomes for individuals and for society in general. She is committed to research that brings together many stakeholders and that seeks to focus on the broad impact of policy, regulatory and legal processes. 

Marie's research is focused on challenging preconceived notions, prevalent within our legal system and in the wider community, about safety, security and the role of law and regulation. Her work is consistently focused on recognising the impact that immigration and labour regulation can have on sustaining exploitative practices, and identifying ways for people's security and safety to be prioritised. As a feminist critical criminologist, Marie is no stranger to research that tests the underlying assumptions people hold - including her own. 'One of the most important things about doing this kind of work is you are constantly being challenged yourself,' she says.

Marie is a member of the Australian University Procurement Network (AUPN) expert advisory panel, and is a member of the National Advocacy Group for Women on Temporary Visas Experiencing Violence. Marie is a member of the Migration Council of Australia's Centre for Settlement Innovation advisory board, and a committee member of the Board of inTouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence.

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 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research area keywords

  • Human Trafficking
  • Temporary Migration
  • Labour Exploitation and Temporary Migration
  • Policing and Victims of Crime
  • Women and Imprisonment
  • Family Violence
  • Border Control
  • Migration

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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