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A/Prof. Amy Nethery



Associate Professor


Faculty of Arts and Education


School of Hum & Social Science


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Doctor of Philosophy, Deakin University, 2011
Bachelor of Arts, University of Newcastle, 1999

+61 3 924 68988

Research interests

Amy  researches  the development  and  impact  of  asylum  policies  in  Australia  and  Asia,  with  a  focus  on transnational  cooperation  on  border  control. An important theme of her work is the analysis of asylum policy according to democratic norms of policymaking. She  has  a  particular  interest  in  immigration  detention:  its  history,  evolution,  diffusion, legal  status,  consistency with democratic norms, and  human  impact.


Australian Political Science Association

Academics for Refugees

Refugee Council of Australia

Teaching interests

Amy's units teach students to become engaged, informed, and critical citizens, and to provide them with the skills to make an impact in their lifetime.

Her units are designed to educate students in the importance of strong democratic systems of governance and the foundations of good policy. 

Recognising a critical need to increase the pathways for women to pursue careers in politics, with colleague Maria Rae she established the Deakin Women in Politics Network.

Units taught

AIP230 Understanding Public Policy (Trimester 1)

AIP209 Asylum Challenges in Australia and Asia (Trimester 2)


Dr Nethery can contribute her expertise to public debate about asylum policy in Australia.
  • Australia
  • Democracy
  • Human rights
  • Immigration
  • Migration
  • Policy
  • Politics
  • Refugees

Research groups

Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University

POLIS (Politics and International Studies), Deakin University

CONREP (Comparative Network on Refugee Externalisation Policies), co-funded by the European Union under the Eramus+ Programme -Jean Monnet Activities (599660 EPP-1-2018-1-AU-EPPJMO-NETWORK).


2014 Boyer Prize for the best original article published in Australian Journal of International Affairs in 2014 (‘Australian-Indonesian cooperation’).

2011 Isi Leibler Prize for the thesis that best advances knowledge about racism in Australia (Immigration detention in Australia).


2018-2021: Jean Monnet Comparative Network on Refugee Externalisation Policies (CONREP). This network will develop a transnational, interdisciplinary examination of the scope, methods and impact of externalisation policies of Australia, the European Union and its member states. Network partners include the University of Melbourne, Deakin University, Monash Univerity, University of Geneva, University of Bologna, and University of Gothenberg. Co-funded by the European Union under the Eramus+ Programme - Jean Monnet Activities(599660 EPP-1-2018-1-AU-EPPJMO-NETWORK).


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Examining refugee externalisation policies: a comparative study of Europe and Australia

Amy Nethery, Azadeh Dastyari, Asher Hirsch

(2023), pp. 1-24, Refugee Externalisation Policies: Responsibility, Legitimacy and Accountability, London, Eng., B1

book chapter

Refugee externalisation policies: what have we learnt and where are we going?

Amy Nethery, Azadeh Dastyari

(2023), pp. 209-218, Refugee externalisation policies: responsibility, legitimacy and accountability, London, Eng., B1

book chapter

One voice or many? Homeland politics, the impeachment of Park Geun-hye, and the South Korean diaspora in Melbourne, Australia

David Hundt, Hyein Cho, Amy Nethery

(2023), Vol. 17, pp. 197-238, Journal of Diaspora Studies (디아스포라연구), Kwangju, South Korea, C1

journal article

Transitional Support for Former Members of Parliament: Benchmarks for 'Professional Parliaments'

Peter Ferguson, Amy Nethery, Zim Nwokora

(2023), pp. 1-24, Parliamentary Affairs, Oxford, Eng., C1

journal article

Mapping migration detention: Mixed methods, grounded theory, transdisciplinary encounters

J Manek, A Nethery, F Esposito, P Pérez-Sales, H Horz

(2023), Vol. 9, pp. 1-12, Methods in Psychology, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

"The Best Risky Point": Agency and decision-making in young unaccompanied asylum seekers' stories of leaving home and travelling to Australia

Tori Stratford, Amy Nethery, Fethi Mansouri

(2023), Vol. 39, pp. 1-15, Refuge, North York, Ont., C1

journal article

Examining refugee externalisation policies: A comparative study of Europe and Australia

A Nethery, A Dastyari, A Hirsch

(2022), pp. 1-24, Refugee Externalisation Policies: Responsibility, Legitimacy and Accountability, London, Eng., B1

book chapter

Refugee externalisation policies: What we have learnt and where are we going?

A Nethery, A Dastyari

(2022), pp. 207-218, Refugee Externalisation Policies: Responsibility, Legitimacy and Accountability, London, Eng., B1

book chapter

Australia's Carceral Identity

A Nethery

(2022), pp. 43-45, Anthology : The Impact of the Pandemic on Border (Im)Mobility, Melbourne, VIC, B1

book chapter

Politics as a transitory vocation: a case study of the post-parliamentary challenges experienced by former Victorian MPs

A Nethery, Z Nwokora, P Ferguson, M Clarke

(2022), Vol. 57, pp. 403-419, Australian Journal of Political Science, C1

journal article

'If not now, when? If not us, who?' The teal's no-nonsense blow to the two-party system

Amy Nethery

(2022), Vol. 41, pp. 12-18, Social Alternatives, Brisbane, Qld., C1

journal article

Transitioning to Life after Parliament

Amy Nethery, peter Ferguson, Zim Nwokora, matthew Clarke

(2022), Geelong, Vic., A6

research report/technical paper

Refugee Externalisation Policies: Responsibility, Legitimacy and Accountability

A Dastyari, A Nethery, A Hirsch

(2022), London, Eng., A7

edited book

Incarceration, classification and control: Administrative detention in settler colonial Australia

A Nethery

(2021), Vol. 89, Political Geography, C1

journal article

Policy Paper: Externalisation of Migration Control Policies

Amy Nethery, Asher Hirsch

(2020), Melbourne, AVic., A6

research report/technical paper

Punitive bureaucracy: restricting visits to Australia's immigration detention centres

Amy Nethery

(2019), pp. 305-325, Crimmigration in Australia: law, politics and society, Singapore, B1

book chapter

Earwitnessing detention: Carceral secrecy, affecting voices, and political listening in the messenger podcast

M Rae, E Russell, A Nethery

(2019), Vol. 13, pp. 1036-1055, International Journal of Communication, C1

journal article

Australia's refugee detention regime: Offshore and unaccountable

A Nethery

(2019), Vol. 118, pp. 222-228, Current History, New York, N.Y., C1

journal article

Self-represented witnessing: the use of social media by asylum seekers in Australia's offshore immigration detention centres

M Rae, R Holman, A Nethery

(2018), Vol. 40, pp. 479-495, Media, Culture and Society, England, C1

journal article

Secrecy and human rights abuse in Australia's offshore immigration detention centres

A Nethery, R Holman

(2016), Vol. 20, pp. 1018-1038, International Journal of Human Rights, C1

journal article

Understanding immigration detention and its human impact

S Silverman, A Nethery

(2015), pp. 1-12, Immigration detention: the migration of a policy, Abingdon, Eng., B1

book chapter

At the discretion of management: immigration detention in Indonesia

A Nethery, B Rafferty-Brown, S Taylor

(2015), pp. 114-124, Immigration detention: the migration of a policy and its human impact, Abingdon, Eng., B1

book chapter

An early career academic network: what worked and what didn't

E Price, B Coffey, A Nethery

(2015), Vol. 39, pp. 680-698, Journal of Further and Higher Education, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

Immigration detention: the migration of a policy and its human impact

A Nethery, S Silverman

(2015), London, Eng., A7-1

edited book

Australia, ASEAN, and forced migration in Asia

A Nethery

(2014), pp. 107-124, Australia-ASEAN dialogue: tracing 40 years of partnership, New York, B1

book chapter

Australia-Indonesia cooperation on asylum-seekers: a case of 'incentivised policy transfer'

A Nethery, C Gordyn

(2014), Vol. 68, pp. 177-193, Australian journal of international affairs, Abingdon, England, C1

journal article

Taking our houses : perceptions of the impact of asylum seekers, refugees and new migrants on housing assistance in Melbourne

A Spinney, A Nethery

(2013), Vol. 12, pp. 179-189, Social policy and society, Cambridge, England, C1

journal article

Exporting detention : Australia-funded immigration detention in Indonesia

A Nethery, B Rafferty-Brown, S Taylor

(2013), Vol. 26, pp. 88-109, Journal of refugee studies, Oxford, England, C1

journal article

Truth-telling at the border : an audience appraisal of border security

E Price, A Nethery

(2012), pp. 148-156, Media international Australia : incorporating culture and policy, St Lucia, Qld., C1

journal article

Partialism, executive control, and the deportation of permanent residents from Australia

A Nethery

(2012), Vol. 18, pp. 729-740, Population, space and place, West Sussex, England, C1

journal article

Separate and invisible : a carceral history of Australian islands

A Nethery

(2012), Vol. 6, pp. 85-98, Shima, Sydney, N.S.W., C1

journal article

Temporary protection and the refugee convention in Australia,Denmark, and Germany

F Mansouri, M Leach, A Nethery

(2010), Vol. 26, pp. 135-147, Refuge : Canada's periodical on refugees, North York, Canada, C1

journal article

'A modern day concentration camp' : using history to make sense of Australian immigration detention centres

A Nethery

(2009), pp. 65-80, Does history matter? Making and debating citizenship, immigration and refugee policy in Australia and New Zealand, Canberra, A. C. T., B1-1

book chapter

Forced migration in the Asia-Pacific : prospects and implications for Australia

M Leach, A Nethery

(2008), pp. 102-119, Global crises and risks, South Melbourne, Vic, B1-1

book chapter

Australia's response to asylum seekers

D Lusher, N Balvin, A Nethery, J Tropea

(2007), pp. 9-20, Yearning to breathe free : seeking asylum in Australia, Leichhardt, N.S.W., B1-1

book chapter

Funded Projects at Deakin

Other Public Sector Funding

Transitioning to Life After Parliament.

Prof Matthew Clarke, A/Prof Amy Nethery, A/Prof Zim Nwokora, Dr Peter Ferguson

Parliament of Victoria

  • 2021: $63,000
  • 2020: $20,000

Industry and Other Funding

Externalisation of asylum policies: the European Union and Australia

Prof Philomena Murray, A/Prof Amy Nethery

Erasmus and Jean Monnet Network

  • 2023: $279
  • 2019: $23,292

Review of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association's Recommended Benchmarks for Codes of Conduct.

A/Prof Amy Nethery, Dr Peter Ferguson, A/Prof Zim Nwokora

Commonwealth Parliamentary Association

  • 2023: $9,720

Overseeing the Overseers.

A/Prof Zim Nwokora, Dr Peter Ferguson, A/Prof Amy Nethery

Legislative Leadership and Governance Group

  • 2024: $9,545


Principal Supervisor

Rani Silvia

Thesis entitled: The Social Effects of Language Use in Padang, West Sumatra: A Study of Minang, Indonesian and English

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Executive Supervisor

Evan Joymas

Thesis entitled: Designing Representative Institutions for Pragmatic Deliberation

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Humanities and Social Sciences


Tori Stratford

Thesis entitled: The Capacity to Act: Stories of Australia's Unaccompanied Asylum Seekers

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Humanities and Social Sciences