August 29, 2019

My latest paper in Sojourn. Abstract below. 

Activists, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the international media have repeatedly singled out the Mekong region as a hotspot for 'sex trafficking'. Yet, in recent years anti-trafficking campaigns that focus on pros...

July 16, 2019

My latest paper published in Dialectical Anthropology. Abstract below: 

Human trafficking has become a key site for intervention in global politics. Although anti-trafficking claims to mobilize resources for the combat against structural inequality within labour relatio...

July 8, 2019

I will attempt to answer this question at ANU's Migration and Social-Cultural Change Workshop.

For further details about the event can be found here. Abstract of my talk below. 

Is anti-trafficking dead? Understanding Australia’s role in regional anti- trafficking

This pa...

June 4, 2019

June will be a busy month for me with three migration-related events scheduled in Europe where I will discuss my recent safe migration research. First, I'll present two papers at the annual migration conference in Bari, Italy. I will then present at the Norwegian Insti...

December 13, 2018

I recently came across this book by Stephen Campbell which examines migration and labour precarity in Thailand. The book is excellent and I decided to review it. The review is accessible here. The book is highly relevant to my current research on migraiton assistance a...

November 18, 2018

I will be chairing a panel on Knowledge, power and the governance of public policy tomorrow morning at the American Anthropology Association's annual conference in San Jose, where I will also present a paper on my work on safe migration governance in the Mekong region....

October 23, 2018

Over the past three decades humanitarianism has broadened considerably in scope. Humanitarian aid agencies have increasingly moved beyond a traditionally narrow concern with immediate relief aid to engage the wider implications of their work. Humanitarian arguments hav...

July 30, 2018

On 14 August I have the great honour to present parts of my research on safe migration at the National University of Singapore (NUS). For further detials, please visit NUS's website. 

Below is the abstract of my talk: 

Academic literature on migration brokerage points to...

June 13, 2018

ANU has recently published "Paradigm Shift - People Movements" - a selection of short essays from ANU colleagues on migration related challenges in the region. 

In my contribution, Beyond anti‐trafficking? Rethinking migration management in Asia,  I consider how anti-tr...

April 9, 2018

I am honoured to take part in a keynote panel this Wednesday at tge University of Sydney which will consider discourses of trafficking and modern slavery. With current legal and policy developments in Australia, the Mekong region and elsewhere this event is an opportun...

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My latest publication in Current Anthropology 


Postpanopticism and the “mobility turn” within the social sciences provide important challenges...

Sedentary Optics: Static Anti-Trafficking and Mobile Victims

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