Seminar: Where is the evidence? Forced Migration, Grey Literature and Public Policy

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Sharon Pickering wit shipSeminar with Prof Sharon Pickering
Director, Monash University Border Observatory

Chair: Prof John Houghton, Professorial Fellow, Centre for Strategic Economic Studies, Victoria University

Friday 22 March 1.30 pm – 3.00
Followed by afternoon tea refreshments

Venue: Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn
AGSE Building, Room 207

Cost: Free. RSVP not required but appreciated for catering - see below

Following on from the successful Where is the evidence? conference held in Canberra late last year, the Grey Literature Strategies Project presents a seminar by Prof Sharon Pickering on evidence-based policy and the difficult area of refugee policy. Important sources of information and policy debate on forced migration are often outside of peer-reviewed journals and books. So where are these sources, what is being included and excluded from the evidence base and how can we make better use of grey literature for public policy development.

Along with Prof Pickering’s presentation there will be brief updates on the grey literature strategies project and the launch of the new Policy Online website and Research Collection gateways.

Professor Sharon Pickering is a criminologist and Director of the Border Crossing Observatory which provides high quality, independent research on border crossings. She has written ten books in the areas of criminalisation,border control and human rights. She currently leads a series of ARC projects focusing on the intersections of security and migration. She has previously worked in Northern Ireland, on counterterrorism policing, and human rights and women in South East Asia. She is theEditor of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology and has recently taken up an ARC Future Fellowship on Border Policing and Security. Twitter: @Bobservatory


Getting there: Glenferrie Train station is only a few minutes walk away from the venue and takes about 10 minutes from Flinders St. Station. Lilydale, Alamein or Blackburn lines usually stop at Glenferrie.

View a google map showing how to get from the station to the AGSE building is here: