Professor Sharon Pickering researches irregular border crossing and has written in the areas of refugees and trafficking with a focus on gender and human rights. Sharon currently 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 has previously worked in Northern Ireland, on counter-terrorism policing, and human rights and women in South East Asia.
She is the immediate past editor Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology. She has recently taken up five year Australian Research Council Fellowship on Border Policing: Gender, Human Rights and Security.
Her books include Sex Work (with Maher and Gerard); Globalization and Borders: Deaths at the Global Frontier (with Weber), Borders and Crime (with McCulloch); Gender, Borders and Violence; Sex Trafficking (with Segrave and Milivojevic); Counter-Terrorism Policing (with McCulloch and Wright-Neville); Borders, Mobility and Technologies of Control (with Weber); Refugees and State Crime; Critical Chatter: women and human rights in South East Asia (with Lambert and Alder); Global Issues, Women and Justice (with Lambert); Women, Policing and Resistance in Northern Ireland.