Naomi joined the Department in late 2014. Her doctoral research explores the value of security politics in anti-human trafficking policy and practice through a comparative study of Vietnam, Malaysia and Australia.
The study focuses on the contextual construction of security and trafficking discourses and the anti-trafficking responses they generate, and the immanent possibilities for emancipatory anti-trafficking discourse and practice.
This research includes empirical fieldwork of interviews, surveys and observation at the elite and grassroots levels, and is triangulated with analysis of other primary and secondary sources. Naomi spent 8 months in Southeast Asia in 2013 conducting this fieldwork, and undertaking visiting fellowships at S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nangyang Technological University, Singapore and the Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS), Malaysia after receiving the Endeavour Australia Cheung Kong Research Fellowship Award.
It is hoped these findings will contribute to the anti-trafficking and security rubrics at their conceptual and operational levels, while generating normative discussion regarding responsibility and ethics in the study and practice of security and international relations.
Naomi obtained her BA (Hons) and was awarded the University Medal from the University of Canberra. Her research interests broadly include critical security, feminist international relations, and migration, human security, and transnational crime in the Southeast Asia-Australia region.