This project is funded through an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship awarded to Associate Professor Leanne Weber. In Australia, as elsewhere in the developed world, internal border policing is intensifying and diversifying as globalisation increases anxieties about inclusion and belonging. This research program will explore the construction of internal borders that are sometimes aimed at physically excluding unwanted populations from Australia, and at other times are designed to keep subordinate groups in their place.

It will critically analyse three types of internal borders operating within Australia: structurally embedded borders that enforce the boundaries based on immigration status; socially constructed borders produced by the policing of public places that reinforce notions of entitlement and belonging; and borders created by new forms of welfare policing which differentiate supposedly ‘responsible’ from ‘irresponsible’ citizens.