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Shih Joo (Siru) is a post-doctoral research fellow with the Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre, and a researcher with the Monash Migration and Inclusion Centre. She is a feminist critical criminologist whose work is interdisciplinary and focuses on gendered labour, migration, regulation, human security, exploitation and criminalisation. In interrogating these intersections and the impacts that labour and immigration structures can have on sustaining exploitation and everyday insecurity for women migrants, her goal is to help create awareness about the need for effective policies that can offer genuine safety and security for marginalised women. 

Most recently, she has published on countertrafficking responses in Southeast Asia, looking specifically at the impacts and effectiveness of legal and protection mechanisms for women migrant workers. Shih Joo's current research is focused on the experiences of security and safe work in the everyday home-workplace for female migrant domestic workers.

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 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research area keywords

  • Human Trafficking
  • Labour Exploitation and Temporary Migration
  • Temporary Migration
  • Gender
  • Family Violence


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