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My research investigates the interplay of regulatory levels (local to global) in migration and refugee policy in a comparative perspective, with a current focus on refugees' participation in the labour market, the governance of refugee resettlement and the local integration of international students. I have published in the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Refuge, Brussels Studies, the Journal for the Academic Study of Religion and am the co-editor of Refugee Resettlement: Power, Politics and Humanitarian Governance (with Liliana Lyra Jubilut and Kristin Bergtora Sandvik, Berghahn Books, 2018) and Australian Politics and Policy (with Peter Chen et al., Sydney University Press, 2019.

I hold a PhD in Politics from Macquarie University and the University of Leipzig, Germany (2012) and have done postdoctoral research at the Interuniversity Research Centre on Globalization and Work (CRIMT), Université de Montréal, Canada (2015-2016)  and the Group for Research on Ethnic Relations, Migration and Equality (GERME), Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium (2016-2017).

I have been a Faculty member at Macquarie University since July 2017 and am currently the Director of the Master of Research (MRes) in Politics and International Relations.

Research interests

refugee and immigration policy; labour market participation; multi-level governance; comparative politics; power; humanitarianism


Member and co-organiser of the Task Force Global Research Collaboration in Forced Migration Studies, Netzwerk Flüchtlingsforschung, Germany

Scientific Collaborator, Group for Research on Ethnic Relations, Migration and Equality, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium

External Affiliate, Peace Research Institute Oslo, Norway

External Affiliate, Centre for Refugee Studies, York University, Canada


POIR2100: Immigration Politics and Policies

POIR8000/POIX8000: Policy Design: Concepts and Case Studies

POIR8990: MRes Politics and International Relations Research Frontiers II

Community engagement

Community member, City of Ryde Multicultural Advisory Committee

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Research Outputs

#Covid19 und seine Auswirkungen auf die Migration

Translated title of the contribution: #Covid19 and its effects on migrationBergtora Sandvik, K. & Garnier, A., 31 Mar 2020, Centre for Humanitarian Action Berlin.

Research output: Contribution to Newspaper/Magazine/WebsiteWebsite contribution

Open Access
  • How will the COVID-19 pandemic reshape refugee and migration governance?

    Bergtora Sandvik, K. & Garnier, A., 27 Mar 2020, PRIO Blogs.

    Research output: Contribution to Newspaper/Magazine/WebsiteWebsite contribution

    Open Access
  • No friend but the mountain

    Garnier, A., 25 Apr 2020, In : Refuge. 36, 1, p. 108-109 2 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article/Exhibition review

    Open Access

    The COVID-19 resettlement freeze: towards a permanent suspension?

    Garnier, A., Bergtora Sandvik, K. & Cellini, A., 14 Apr 2020, UNSW Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law.

    Research output: Contribution to Newspaper/Magazine/WebsiteWebsite contribution

    Open Access

    Active refugee admission policies in Europe: exploring an emerging research field

    Welfens, N., Engler, M., Garnier, A., Endres de Oliveira, P. & Kleist, J. O., 13 May 2019, Fluchtforschungsblog.

    Research output: Contribution to Newspaper/Magazine/WebsiteWebsite contribution

    Open Access
  • Activities

    • 6 Invited talk
    • 1 Organising a conference, workshop, ...
    • 1 Oral presentation

    Supporting refugee employment: local dynamics in Australia, Belgium and Canada

    Adele Garnier (Speaker)
    27 Jun 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

    Victims, survivors, innocents? Exploring the mobilisation of vulnerability in policy and law 2018

    Sonya Willis (Organiser), Francesca Dominello (Organiser), Adele Garnier (Organiser), Teresa Somes (Organiser)
    23 Nov 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganising a conference, workshop, ...

    Religion and the Humanitarian Governance of Refugee Resettlement

    Adele Garnier (Speaker)
    8 Aug 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    Press / Media

    New Book on Refugee Crisis

    Adele Garnier


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment