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Assumptions challenged in crime, justice and migration research

Dr Marie Segrave's work into human trafficking, migrant labour exploitation, women prisoners and policing challenges the status quo. As a critical criminologist, her research challenges the assumptions that drive legislation and policy in Australia and internationally. 

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. More information about this project and key research findings and outputs can be found at The Border Crossing Observatory.

Marie's aim in challenging preconceived notions, prevalent within our legal system, is to help create more effective policies that have better outcomes for individuals and for society in general. She says most government policy on human trafficking and migrant workers is based on assumptions about what individuals want and need when migrating for work, and a refusal to recognise the impact that immigration and labour regulation can have on sustaining exploitative practices.

More recently, Marie has worked in collaboration with the Monash Gender and Family Violence program on risk identification in the context of family violence in Victoria, following the recommedendations of the Royal Commission into Family Violence, and she is leading a large research project focused on temporary migration and family violence in partnership with inTouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence. 

Tracking the dynamic between migration patterns, personal safety and national security was the subject of Marie's Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery project, Fluid Security in the Asia Pacific.  With Professor Sharon Pickering, Dr Leanne Weber and Dr Claudia Tazreiter, Marie is mapping the movements and experiences of people working in Australia on temporary visas as they travel between their homeland and communities in Australia. The project focused on migrants from China, Tonga, Indonesia and Samoa. More information about that project can be found here.

Another of Marie's projects, working with Victoria Police, is revealing the true nature of police work in their interaction with crime victims. Funded through an Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Grant, it details police experiences with crime victims - a significant but largely unheralded aspect of their work. This project included a nation-first interview based project, with unprecedented access to police via hundreds of interviews. A major report for this project, and a recent article on family violence and policing can be found here

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.

Research area keywords

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

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Projects 2010 2022

Research Output 2004 2019

Australia’s response to human trafficking nationally and regionally: The question of impact

Moore, H., Segrave, M., Hedwards, B. & Milivojevic, S., 2019, The SAGE Handbook of Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery. Bryson-Clarke, J. & Poucki, S. (eds.). 1 ed. London UK: SAGE Publications Ltd, Vol. 1. p. 434-452 18 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

Introduction: Transforming Borders from Below: Theory and Research from across the Globe

Segrave, M. & Wonders, N., 1 Jan 2019, In : Theoretical Criminology.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorialOtherpeer-review

Theorizing sites and strategies of differential inclusion: unlawful migrant workers in Australia

Segrave, M., May 2019, In : Theoretical Criminology. 23, 2, p. 194-210 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

In the absence of sympathy: serious criminal offenders and the impact of border control measures

Powell, R. & Segrave, M., 2018, Criminal Justice Research in an Era of Mass Mobility. Fili, A., Jahnsen, S. & Powell, R. (eds.). 1st ed. Abingdon Oxon UK: Routledge, p. 160-172 13 p. (Routledge Studies in Criminal Justice, Borders and Citizenship).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review


Allen Austin Bartholomew Award 2017

Bree Alice Carlton (Recipient) & Marie Segrave (Recipient), 6 Dec 2017

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Dean's Award for Excellence in Research Impact and Engagement

Judith McCulloch (Recipient), JaneMaree Maher (Recipient), Kate Esther Fitz-Gibbon (Recipient), Marie Therese Segrave (Recipient) & James Andrew Roffee (Recipient), 2016

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

UNESCO Chair Award

Marie Segrave (Recipient), 21 Oct 2014

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2014 2017

  • 2 Public event
  • 1 Submissions to industry or govt committees, commissions and inquiries
  • 1 Peer review responsibility

Punishment and Society (Journal)

Marie Therese Segrave (Guest editor), Claire Spivakovsky (Guest editor), Anna Eriksson (Guest editor)
15 May 2017

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review responsibility

Public Lecture at the Wheeler Centre,Melbourne. Title: The Power of Reform: Imprisonment and mental health in Victoria

Anna Eriksson (Host), Marie Therese Segrave (Contributor), Claire Spivakovsky (Contributor)
23 Feb 2017

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPublic event

Report launch: Temporary migration and family violence.

Marie Segrave (Contributor)
12 Oct 2017

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPublic event

'Investigation into the Rehabilitation and Reintegration of Prisoners in Victoria

Anna Eriksson (Contributor), Marie Therese Segrave (Contributor), Claire Spivakovsky (Contributor)
31 Dec 2014

Activity: External Academic EngagementSubmissions to industry or govt committees, commissions and inquiries