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Claudia Tazreiter


My research extends to the fields of sociology, social theory, race, ethnicity, migration and gender.

My research extends to the fields of sociology, social theory, race, ethnicity, migration and gender.

In these fields, my research utilises ethnographic, visual, qualitative and mixed methods to reveal the impacts of forced and irregular migration on human rights culture, the role of civil society in social change, and gender in migration.

Culture and belonging are key conceptual and empirical concerns of my research, grounded in engagement with state and non-state actors and researchers in the Asia-Pacific and globally. I serve on the Board of the Research Committee on Race, Nationalism, Indigeneity and Ethnicity (RC05) of the International Sociological Association. I also serve as the Communications Secretary for the same research committee.

I served as editor in chief of The Australian Journal of Human Rights 2011-2018. I launched and co-convene the interdisciplinary Forced Migration Research Network at UNSW that has generated local and international research collaborations and impact. I have held visiting appointments at the Institute for Political Science, University Vienna (2018), Center for Place, Culture and Politics, City University New York CUNY (2014) and the Centre for International Studies (CERI) Science Po (2011) and I am a fellow at the Institute for Migration and Intercultural Studies (IMIS), University Osnabrück. I am a Board Member of the Academy in Exile, Free University Berlin & Duisburg-Essen University.

Teaching Experience

I have over eighteen years teaching experience at undergraduate, honours, and postgraduate levels in key curriculum in anthropology, sociology, social theory and global studies.

Teaching responsibility and course design for core sociology and anthropology curriculum and specialist courses in race and migration, citizenship and human rights. 



  • BA (Hons, 1st Class) Sociology 1997 (UNSW)
  • PhD Sociology, October 2002 (UNSW), thesis title: ‘Strangers at our door, asylum seekers, non-government organisations and the state : a comparative study of German and Australian protection regimes in the 1990s’. 
  • Graduate Certificate in University Learning and Teaching, 2008 (UNSW)

Previous Academic Appointment and experience

  • Associate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology UNSW. Appointed January 2004 with full tenure - 2020.
  • Deputy Head of School, Research, School of Social Sciences UNSW–2016/17 
  • Deputy Head of School, Learning and Teaching, School of Social Sciences UNSW– 2008-2010


Professional Activities

  • Board Member, Academy in Exile, Free University Berlin/Duisburg-Essen University
  • Editor in Chief, Australian Journal of Human Rights, 2011-2018.
  • Board Member and Secretary, Research Committee on Racism, Nationalism Indigeneity and Ethnicity (RC05) of the International Sociological Association, 2014-2018, and 2018-2022, Communications Secretary of RC05 since election of the Board in July 2018.
  • Steering Committee Member of the Andrew and Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, since 2013
  • Management Committee Member, Gilbert and Tobin Centre for Public Law, 2011 ongoing
  • Research Associate, Australian Centre for Human Rights, UNSW 
  • Associate and former Visiting Fellow of the Institute for Migration Research and Inter-cultural Studies (IMIS), University of Osnabruck, Germany.
  • Member, International Sociological Association
    • Board Member (elected 2018) & communications secretary RC05 Racism, Nationalism, Indigeneity and Ethnicity
    • Board Member (elected 2014) Research Committee 05 – Racism, Nationalism, Indigeneity and Ethnicity
    • Program Committee Member, Thematic Group – 03 Human Rights and Social Justice
    • Member, Research Committee 31 – Sociology of Migration
    • Member, Research Committee 16 – Sociological Theory
  • Member, International Association for the Study of Forced Migration



Claudia Tazreiter (2024) An End to Refugee Protection?The New Global Carceral Archipelagos of Exclusion and Possibilities for Alternative Futures Deter, Detain, Dehumanise: The politics of seeking asylum, p. 143-156


Claudia Tazreiter (2023) The Migrant and Marginalized Body in Connection with Digital Technologies as a Prosthesis of the Monstrous Filozofski vestnik (Tiskana izd.), Vol. 44, p. 199-216 Continue to DOI
Claudia Tazreiter, Omid Tofighian, Behrouz Boochani (2023) Spectres of subjugation/inter-subjugation/resubjugation of people seeking asylum: the kyriarchal system in Australia's necropoleis Regulating Refugee Protection Through Social Welfare: Law, Policy and Praxis, p. 68-90
Claudia Tazreiter (2023) Emotion, Responsibility and Hope for Different Futures Freedom, Only Freedom: The Prison Writings of Behrouz Boochani, p. 208-210


Claudia Tazreiter (2022) Visual and sensory stimuli, memories and uncanny connections X-ist, p. 23-26