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A/Prof. Amy Nethery

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Associate Professor

Faculty

Faculty of Arts and Education

Department

School of Hum & Social Science

Campus

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Qualifications

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

Contact

amy.nethery@deakin.edu.au
+61 3 924 68988

Biography

I am a political scientist with expertise in public policy. My scholarly work is dedicated to enhancing our democratic institutions, aiming to strengthen their foundations and promote inclusive and participatory governance. I lead strong teams to deliver impactful scholarship and implement policy change. I have two main research focus areas.

My work on refugee policy is internationally recognised in the interdisciplinary field of refugee studies. I research the evolution and impact of asylum policies in Australia, Asia, and the Pacific, with a focus on transnational cooperation on border control. An important theme of my work is the analysis of asylum policy according to democratic norms of policymaking. I have a particular interest in immigration detention: its history, evolution, diffusion, legal status, consistency with democratic norms, and human impact.

In recent years I have established new expertise on the parliamentary careers and workplaces. I led the world’s most substantial study on post-parliamentary transitions, which has changed parliamentary processes in Australia and internationally. With a team of Deakin colleagues, we updated the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association’s standards for parliamentary codes of conduct. Our research aims to understand and modernise parliamentary cultures so that parliaments can do their democratic work better. More information can be found on the Parliamentary Careers and Workplaces project site.

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Career highlights

Special Invitations

In January 2023 I delivered a public lecture at Darwin College, University of Cambridge, as part of its prestigious annual lecture series. I was invited to speak about Australia’s offshore processing policies at a time when this topic is hotly debated in UK politics and media.

Awards

2023 Mayer Journal Article Prize, Honourable Mention, awarded to the best original article published in the Australian Journal of Political Science in 2022: Amy Nethery, Zim Nwokora, Peter Ferguson and Matthew Clarke, ‘Politics and a transitory vocation: a case study of the post-parliamentary challenges experienced by former Victorian MPs’, AJPS, 57(4), 403-419.

2015 Boyer Prize for the best original article published in Australian Journal of International Affairs in 2014: Amy Nethery and Carly Gordyn, ‘Australia-Indonesia cooperation on asylum seekers: a case of ‘incentivised policy transfer’, AJIA, 68(2), 177-193.

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

Affiliations

Australian Political Science Association

Teaching interests

My units are designed to educate students in the importance of strong democratic systems of governance and the foundations of good policy. My units train students to be engaged, informed, and critical citizens equipped with the skills to make an impact in their lifetime.

As coordinator of the politics and policy, international relations and Middle East studies honours program, I provide personal support to our top undergraduate students in their transformative final year of their degree.

Units taught


AIP230 Policy and How it Shapes Us (Trimester 1)

AIP209 The Politics of Asylum in Australia and Asia (Trimester 2)

Knowledge areas

• Asylum and refugee policy in Australia and Asia, with a particular interest in immigration detention
• Parliamentary workplaces
• Parliamentary careers
• Public policy and politics in Australia

Research groups

Parliamentary Careers and Workplaces Project

POLIS Deakin

Centre for Contemporary Histories

Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University

Projects

2023-24: Standards for Parliamentary Codes of Conduct. Developed a new set of Standards to guide the development of codes of conduct in 180 parliaments across the Commonwealth.  Funded by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (London).

2020-2021: Transition to Life after Parliament. This was the world’s most substantial study into the experiences of former parliamentarians as they transition to post-parliamentary life. The research has impacted parliamentary processes in Australia and internationally. Funded by the Parliament of Victoria and the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (Vic), in conjunction with the Victorian Parliamentary Former Members Association.

2018-2022: Jean Monnet Comparative Network on Refugee Externalisation Policies (CONREP). International, 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 University, 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).

Publications

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2024

Standards for Codes of Conduct for Members of Parliament and the Parliamentary Workplace

Amy Nethery

(2024), London, Eng., A6

research report/technical paper
2023

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
2022

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
2021

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

A Nethery

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

journal article

Transitioning to Life after Parliament

Amy Nethery, Peter Ferguson, Zim Nwokora, Matthew Clarke

(2021), Geelong, Vic., A6

research report/technical paper

Recommendation for Restructuring the Separation Payment

Peter Ferguson, Zim Nwokora, Amy Nethery, Matthew Clarke

(2021), Melbourne, Vic., A6

research report/technical paper
2020

Policy Paper: Externalisation of Migration Control Policies

Amy Nethery, Asher Hirsch

(2020), Melbourne, AVic., A6

research report/technical paper
2019

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
2018

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
2016

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
2015

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
2014

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
2013

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
2012

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
2010

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
2009

'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
2008

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
2007

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

A/Prof Amy Nethery, Prof Philomena Murray

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

  • 2024: $9,759
  • 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

Supervisions

Principal Supervisor
2022

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
2022

Evan Joymas

Thesis entitled: Designing Representative Institutions for Pragmatic Deliberation

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Co-supervisor
2021

Tori Stratford

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

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Humanities and Social Sciences