Carly Gordyn

PhD candidate


BA (Hons) (Deakin)

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Carly Gordyn commenced her doctoral studies at ANU in early 2014. Her research examines the historical cooperation between Australia and Indonesia in managing irregular migration, specifically from 1965 to 2002.

In 2018 Carly was awarded the Australian Government’s Endeavour Research Fellowship, which she spent as a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Jakarta and at the Centre for Refugee Studies (CRS) at York University in Toronto. She is also the recipient of the Ruth Daroesman Graduate Study Grant for her field research in Indonesia.

In 2014 she was awarded the Australian Journal of International Affairs’ Boyer Prize for her co-authored article (with Dr Amy Nethery), ‘Australia-Indonesia Cooperation on Asylum-Seekers: A Case of “Incentivised Policy Transfer”’.

Prior to joining the ANU, Carly worked in Australia’s immigration detention facilities on Nauru and Christmas Island. She received a First Class Honours in 2011 from Deakin University where she majored in International Relations and Indonesian language. She is also a Research Affiliate of the Refugee Law Initiative, University of London, and a member of the Canadian Association for Refugee and Forced Migration Studies.

Carly submitted her thesis, ‘A Bridge over Turbulent Waters: An Historical Analysis of the Australia-Indonesia Relationship through the Lens of Irregular Migration’, in mid-February 2020.


The Bali Process and refugee protection in Southeast Asia

PhD candidate Carly Gordyn writes on the Bali Process and refugee protection in Southeast Asia.

Rohingya refugee. Photo: Steve Gumaer on Flickr

Assessing Indonesia's new decree on refugees

On 31 December last year, Indonesian President Joko Widodo quietly issued a decree on the handling of refugees, breaking a long held silence on the issue.

Does it matter who runs our offshore immigration detention centres?

The company that is responsible for running our offshore detention centres where asylum seekers harm themselves every four days could be sold to a Spanish company.

Australia has a duty of care to refugees

Australia has a duty of care to refugees

The case of an asylum seeker who was allegedly raped at a detention centre in Nauru has again shown that Australia has a duty of care - and must act on it, writes Carly Gordyn.

Don't attack Transfield over detention centres, attack the contract

Don't attack Transfield over detention centres, attack the contract

Companies like Transfield are under attack for running offshore migration detention centres, but they are the wrong target, argues Carly Gordyn.

Carly Gordon. Image by James Walsh.

Has Australia ever had a humane asylum policy?

PhD scholar Carly Gordon on why Australian governments have always feared boat arrivals.

Carly Gordyn. Photo by James Walsh.

Reaping the rewards of research

Strongly connected to the migrant experience while growing up, a PhD candidate is already receiving recognition for her research on asylum seeker policy.

Image courtesy of Bina D'Costa

Migration and Displacement Discussion Group

Migration and Displacement are inherently complex issues, inviting approaches from each and every discipline.

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