Sharon is an internationally recognised expert in criminology, refugees and trafficking who has written extensively on irregular border crossing with a focus on gender and human rights. She is the Founder and Director of the Border Crossing Observatory – an innovative virtual research centre across 12 universities, led by Monash and driven centrally by a collaboration between Monash, Oxford and Oslo universities.
Sharon leads a series of Australian Research Council projects focusing on the intersections of security and migration, deportation, and police and community responses to Prejudice Motivated Crimes. She won the Australian Human Rights Award in 2012 for print and online media on human rights and asylum. She has authored 14 books and has served on the ERA and the ARC College of Experts.
Sharon and Associate Professor Leanne Weber established the Australian Border Deaths Database and with co-operation of major international agencies is now expanding that to be the leading international research platform on border deaths in South East Asia.
Sharon Pickering's Articles
Tracking border-related refugee deaths
Fifty people have died in Australian onshore and offshore detention facilities since March 25, 2000.