International Studies

Dr. Julia Morris

Dr. Morris giving a lecture.

Biography and Publications



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University of North Carolina Wilmington

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Dr. Julia Morris holds a doctoral degree in Anthropology from the University of Oxford. She is a political anthropologist whose research focuses on migration, borders, and the environment. Her research looks at the political economy of migration, including the forms of financial and geopolitical value that revolve around the commodification of human mobility. She has published widely including in Global Networks, The Extractive Industries and Society, Forced Migration Review, and with Routledge publication house on immigration and border control and global knowledge networks. Her book manuscript is under edit with Cornell University Press on the consequential damages of phosphate and refugee processing in the Republic of Nauru in the Pacific. Previously, she was also a Post-doctoral Fellow at The New School's Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility, as well as a research student at Oxford’s Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS).



under edit

  • From Phosphate to Refugees: The Offshore Refugee Boom in the Republic of Nauru. Book manuscript under edit with Cornell University Press.

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles


  • Colonial Afterlives of Infrastructure: From Phosphate to Refugee Processing in the Republic of Nauru. For Mobilities Special Issue: Infrastructures of Injustice: Migration & Border Mobilities.
  • RefugeeExtractivism: Law and Mining a Human Commodity in the Republic of Nauru. For Saint Louis University Law Journal Special Issue.
  • Manufacturing Landscapes: The Politics and Practices of the Jordan Refugee Compact. Refuge: Canada’s Journal on Refugees: Special Issue ‘Re-imagining Complementary Pathways to Refugee Protection.’ 

2019    Violence and Extraction of a Human Commodity: From Phosphate to Refugees in the Republic of Nauru. The Extractive Industries and Society.


2019    The Politics of Return from Jordan to Syria. Forced Migration Review Special Issue (62).


2018    Refugee Economies: Violence and Extraction of a Human Commodity. Society & Space: Special Issue ‘Destitution Economies.’


2017    Power, Capital and Immigration Detention Rights: Making Networked Markets in Global Detention Governance at UNHCR. Global Networks 17: 400–422.


2014    Baay Fall Sufi Da'iras: Voicing Identity Through Acoustic Communities. African Arts, 47/1.


Book Chapters

2019    Making a Market in Refugees in the Republic of Nauru. In Profit, Protest, and the Asylum Industry. Pine A. and McGuirk S., eds. Oakland: PM Press.


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.



2018    The limits and tensions of political representation and experienced recognition among Roma in the UK. With Bridget Anderson, Dora-Olivia Vicol and Pier-Luc Dupont. ETHOS – Towards a European Theory of Justice and Fairness.


2013    The Impact of Privatization on Prison and Immigration Detention, research report for Grassroots Leadership.


Book Reviews

2018    Review of Poteet, M. and Nourpanah, S., eds. After the Flight: The Dynamics of Refugee Settlement and Integration, in Refuge: Canada’s Journal on Refugees 34 (2).


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.


Non-Academic Publications

2018    Interview concerning research for The New School’s Graduate Program in International Affairs, Migration Studio podcast Borderlines.


2017    The Uneven Production of Illegality: A Response to The Daily’s ‘The Sheriff Bind.’ Forced Migration Forum.


2017    Outsourcing the Refugee “Crisis.” Social Justice Journal Online.


2016    The Mythologies of the Nauruan Refugee Nation. CounterPunch.


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

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