Lisa Hartley

Lisa Hartley is a Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Human Rights Education, Curtin University. Her interdisciplinary teaching and research is focused on questions of human rights and social change and is driven by a desire to bridge the gap between theory and practice. As a research active and teaching academic, the integration of community engagement, teaching, and scholarly research is germane to Lisa's academic life. Lisa's research cuts across the fields of refugee and migrant studies, sociology, and community and social psychology. Her research interests include refugee resettlement issues; the rights of refugees and asylum seekers; and prejudice towards marginalised social groups and interventions to reduce prejudice. She is on the Editorial Board of Human Rights Education Review and the Management Committee of Australia Asia Pacific Institute.  Lisa has extensive community-based experience in casework and advocacy, particularly working with asylum seekers in immigration detention and refugees in the community. This includes engaging with Members of Parliament in relation to the rights of asylum seekers and refugees, writing government submissions and engaging with the media on this issue.

The regional impacts of Australian asylum seeker policies: what "stopping the boats" means for people seeking asylum

To date, relatively little attention has been given to the experience of people seeking asylum being 'warehoused' in our region. While the policies of the country in which they are residing also impact on their experiences, it is clear from researchers, non-government organisations (NGOs) that...

Policy as punishment: asylum seekers in the community without the right to work

Introduction: This research paper details the experiences of 29 asylum seekers who were released from immigration detention in Australia into community-based arrangements with no right to work and limited entitlements. All of the men and women interviewed for this research arrived to Australia by boat...

Released but not yet free: refugees and asylum seekers in the community after long-term detention

This paper explores the experiences of asylum seekers released into the community after long-term immigration detention in Australia. The men interviewed were all asylum seekers who had arrived to Australia by boat in 2010 and had been in detention between 15 – 25 months.