Julia Morris DPhil Social & Cultural Anthropology


Julia Morris is a former doctoral student at COMPAS and now the Post-doctoral Fellow at the New School’s Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility. She is a political anthropologist whose research focuses on migration and its relationship to the uneven dynamics of political economic development. Her doctoral research in sociocultural anthropology at Oxford drew on extensive ethnographic fieldwork in Geneva, Australia, Fiji, and the Republic of Nauru to examine the outsourcing of asylum processes to new localities. This research generated questions on the commodification of human mobility and the challenges of social movements, specifically how oppositional strategies converge in the construction of inequality and solidification of human economies.

While at the New School she is completing a book manuscript on the impact of phosphate and refugee processing in Nauru, with a focus on the relations between mineral and migrant commodities. She has published in Global Networks and with Routledge publication house on global migration governance and knowledge networks. Previously, she held a research appointment at COMPAS. She has also worked with US-based organizations focused on the privatization of immigration detention.

Select Publications

(2017) “Power, Capital and Immigration Detention Rights: Making Networked Markets in Global Detention Governance at UNHCR.” Global Networks 17 (3): 400-422

(2017) “Outsourcing the Refugee “Crisis.”” Social Justice Journal Blog

(2016) “In the Market of Morality: International Human Rights Standards and the Immigration Detention Improvement Complex.” In Intimate Economies: Critical Perspectives on Immigration Detention. Hiemstra, N. and Conlon, D., eds. London: Routledge

(2016) “The Mythologies of the Nauruan Refugee Nation.” CounterPunch

(2015) Review of Moran, D., Gill, N. and Conlon, D., eds. Carceral Spaces: Mobility and Agency in Imprisonment and Migrant Detention. In Population, Space and Place 20 (8): 757-759

(2014) Review of Hall, A. Border Watch: Cultures of Immigration, Detention and Control. In Space and Polity 18 (1): 110-112

(2013) “Reflections on Applied Research into Immigration Detention.” Guest Post for the University of Oxford’s Law and Criminology Department blog, Border Criminologies

(2014) “Baay Fall Sufi Da’iras: Voicing Identity Through Acoustic Communities.” African Arts, 47/1