Professor Mimi Sheller, Director, Center for Mobilities Research and Policy and Professor of Sociology, Drexel University.
She is founding co-editor of the journal Mobilities; Associate Editor of the journal Transfers: Interdisciplinary Journal of Mobility Studies; and serves on the Scientific Board of the Mobile Lives Forum, SNCF, France. She is the author of several books and numerous articles in the field of Caribbean Studies, including Democracy After Slavery (Macmillan, 2000); Consuming the Caribbean (Routledge, 2003); and Citizenship from Below (Duke University Press, 2012). She also serves on the editorial boards of Cultural Sociology and the International Journal of African and Black Diaspora Studies. As co-editor, with John Urry, of Mobile Technologies of the City (Routledge, 2006), Tourism Mobilities (Routledge, 2004), and a special issue of the journal Environment and Planning on ‘Materialities and Mobilities’, she helped to establish the new field of mobilities research.
Professor Anthony Elliott, Dean of External Engagement, Executive Director of the Hawke EU Centre and Research Professor of Sociology, University of South Australia.
Professor Elliott is a prominent social theorist, sociologist and public intellectual. He is the author and editor of some 40 books, which have been translated or are forthcoming in seventeen languages. His recent books include Contemporary Social Theory: An Introduction (2009), The New Individualism (2E, 2009, with Charles Lemert), Mobile Lives ( 2010, with John Urry), On Society (2012, with Bryan S. Turner), Reinvention (2013), Psychoanalytic Theory: An Introduction (3E, 2015) and Identity Troubles (2016). He is best known for Concepts of the Self, which has been in continuous print for over 20 years and across three editions. In 2016, Professor Elliott was awarded an Australian Research Council Major Grant for research on robotics, artificial intelligence and the future of employment. This project is conducted with colleagues at the Institute for Social Futures, Lancaster University; the Australian National University and Wollongong University.
Professor Sharon Pickering, Dean of Arts, Monash University.
She researches irregular border crossing and has written in the areas of refugees and trafficking with a focus on gender and human rights. Sharon 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 worked extensively with government agencies and law enforcement and with local and international NGOs. 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.
Professor Matthew Tonts, Pro Vice Chancellor and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education, University of Western Australia.
A member of the University since 2001, Professor Tonts was formerly the Director of the Institute for Regional Development (2005-2010) and Head of the School of Earth and Environment (2010-2016). In 2017, he took up the position of Pro Vice Chancellor and Executive Dean of the newly formed Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education. Professor Tonts’ disciplinary background is in Geography, and has broad interests spanning regional development, rural communities, economic restructuring, and public policy. He continues to be active in research on matters related to rural economic and social adjustment, employment geographies and urban development.
Professor Alison Phipps, Professor of Languages and Intercultural Studies UNESCO, Chair in Refugee Integration through Languages and the Arts, University of Glasgow.
Prof Phipps research interests focus on languages and intercultural studies, with a particular critical concern for the different ways in which people learn to live and communicate together by stepping outside comfortable or familiar contexts. Her work is interdisciplinary and draws on the resources of social and cultural anthropology, theatre and cultural studies, theology, law, modern languages and education. Her Ph.D. research and ethnographic training focused on open air community theatre in Germany. She has continued ethnographic work among tourists, modern language students, adult learners of tourist languages, in conflict zones and among sanctuary and asylum seekers, refugees and befrienders. At present she is developing research on languages and intercultural advocacy with asylum seekers and refugees; and through intercultural workshops on education for peace and non-violence with a growing focus on constructions of faith and on the contribution of theological perspectives. She is a published poet and brings poetic approaches to bear on much of her work.