Dr Lucy Fiske
K01 - Mackie Building
The University of Sydney
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Lucy Fiske is a Lecturer and postgraduate Research Coordinator at the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies. She is currently on secondment from the Centre for Human Rights Education at Curtin University.
Lucy comes to human rights academia from a background of direct social work practice primarily with refugees and asylum seekers, and in the addictions field before this. Lucy’s practice experience continues to ground and shape her research and teaching, particularly in approaching issues of justice and rights from the perspective of people’s lived experiences and theorising from the bottom up.
Lucy is interested in a wide range of human rights related topics with a particular focus on refugees, asylum seekers and women’s rights. Lucy’s research thus far focuses primarily on Australia’s response to forced migration, attitudes that underpin national policy and discourse, racism and anti-racist education and, the particular harms caused by detention.
Lucy is also keenly interested in the role of civil society groups in enhancing human rights and social justice through organising, lobbying, reform and activism.
Theoretically, Lucy is interested in philosophical and social understandings of human rights and the implications of unresolved ontological tensions and paradoxes for implementation of human rights. This leads to questions of culture, production of knowledge and socio-political processes which marginalise divergent voices.
Refugees and asylum seeking
Teaching and supervision
Human Rights, Peace and Justice (CPACS)
Gender and the Development of Peace (CPACS)
Key Issues in Peace and Conflict Studies (CPACS)
Coordination of Postgraduate Research seminars (CPACS)
Contributing to Race and Racism (Koori Centre)
Community Education and Consciousness Raising (CHRE)
Human Rights Advocacy, Activism and Change (CHRE)
Refugee Rights (CHRE)
Women’s Rights (CHRE)
Contributing to Human Rights Theory and Philosophy (CHRE)
Lucy is currently supervising postgraduate research projects addressing social transformation in Nepal through a gender lens, trauma healing and peace building in South Sudan, security discourses and asylum seeker policy in Australia and, civil society organising among Burmese refugees in Thailand.
Making Transitional Justice Work for Women: Rights, Resilience and Responses to Violence Against Women in Northern Uganda, Kenya and Democratic Republic of Congo. (AusAID ADRAS Grant: Feb 2013 – March 2015) With Dr Rita Shackel [Sydney Law School], Dr Wendy Lambourne [CPACS] and Carol Angir [Action Aid].
This project investigates the efficacy of transitional justice for women considering the realities of women’s lives in conflict and post-conflict contexts and their experiences of recurrent violence in northern Uganda, Kenya and Democratic Republic of Congo. The research will identify women’s priorities in the transitional justice context and the obstacles that prevent them from accessing justice and human rights. The project will provide an avenue for women’s voices to be heard in the evaluation of existing transitional justice mechanisms and development of alternatives to better meet their justice needs, build resilience and reduce violence against women.
Informal Protection Space in Indonesia: Civil Society’s Role in Refugee Protection. (Feb 2013 – June 2014) With Prof Linda Briskman (Swinburne University), Dr Fentiny Nugroho (University of Indonesia) and Taka Gani (Jesuit Refugee Services Indonesia).
This project examines the lives of refugees and asylum seekers living in Indonesia without access to legal protections or status. In particular it will identify the difficulties and limitations of life without rights, identify the role of Indonesian civil society and informal networks in assisting and engaging with asylum seekers and refugees and, identify the barriers to accessing formal protection spaces.
Awards and honours
2009 - Pro-Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Research and Teaching (Curtin University)
2002 – High Commendation National Human Rights Awards (Law) CASE for Refugees (Australian Human Rights Commission)
2000 – Finalist – Excellence in Teaching Award (UWA)
“Critical Social Work with Refugees and Asylum Seekers” in Connolly, M. & Harms, L. (eds) (2013). Social Work: Contexts and Practice. South Melbourne: Oxford University Press, pp 151 – 162. (with Linda Briskman)
“Regulation 5.35: Coerced treatment of detained asylum seekers on hunger strike. Legal, ethical and human rights implications” in S. Juss (ed.) (2013) The Ashgate Research Companion to Migration Theory and Policy. London, Ashgate, pp. 423 - 442 (with Mary Anne Kenny)
“The Empire Strikes Back: Refugees, race and the reinvention of empire” in Bennett, D., Earnest, J. And Tanji, M. (eds) (2009) People, Place and Power: Australia and the Asia Pacific. Perth, Black Swan Press. (with Linda Briskman)
“Social Work practice with Refugees and Asylum Seekers” in Swain, P. and Rice, S. (2008) In The Shadow of the Law: The Legal Context of Social Work Practice. 3rd Ed. Federation Press, Leichhardt. (with Mary Anne Kenny)
“Working with refugees” in Connolly, M. & Harms, L. (eds) (2008). Social Work: Contexts and Practice. South Melbourne: Oxford University Press. (with Linda Briskman)
“Teaching Human Rights at University: Critical pedagogy in action” in Offord, B. and Newell, C. (eds) (2008) Activating Human Rights in Education: Exploration, Innovation and Transformation Australian College of Educators (with Linda Briskman)
“Community Development and Campaigning Against Immigration Detention” in Dixon, J., Hoatson, L., and Weeks, W. (2003) Community Practice in the Risk Era: Australian Experiences. Pearsons Education, Melbourne.
“Refugees, Asylum Seekers and the Law” in Swain, P. (ed) (2002) In The Shadow of the Law: The Legal Context of Social Work Practice. Federation Press, Leichhardt. (with Mary Anne Kenny and Jim Ife)
Refereed Journal Articles
“Riotous Refugees or Systemic Injustice? – A sociological examination of riots in Australian immigration detention centres” Journal of Refugee Studies (forthcoming, accepted for publication May 2013)
“Collateral Damage: The impact of Australian asylum seeker policy on Christmas Islanders (2001-2011)” (2012) Shima. The International Journal of Research into Island Cultures 6(2), pp. 99 - 115(with Michelle Dimasi and Linda Briskman)
“Bodies ‘Locked Up’: Intersections of Disability and Race in Australian Immigration” (2009) Disability & Society 24(3), pp 289 – 301 (with Karen Soldatic)
“Rights and responsibilities: Reclaiming human rights in political discourse” (April 2007) Just Policy No. 43. pp 50 – 54 (with Linda Briskman)
“Politics of Exclusion, Practice of Inclusion. Australia’s Response to Refugees and the Case for Community Based Human Rights Work” (September 2006) International Journal of Human Rights vol 10(3). pp 219 - 229
“Human Rights and Community. The Community of Rights and the Community of Responsibilities” (May 2006) in International Social Work Vol. 49, No. 3. Pp 297 – 308 (with Jim Ife)
“‘Marriage of Convenience’ or a ‘Match Made in Heaven’: Lawyers and Social Workers Working with Asylum Seekers” (June 2004) Australian Journal of Human Rights, vol 10(1) pp 137 – 157 (with Mary Anne Kenny)
Non Refereed Publications
'Christmas Island: Beyond politics' on ABC The Drum(13 April 2010) (with Linda Briskman)
“The numbers prove Turnbull wrong” on ABC Unleashed(24 April 2009) (reproduced in A Just Australia national newsletter May 2009 and CARAD newsletter April 2009)
“Citizenship, race and disability in Australia: A disastrous intersection” IDA Intellectual Disability Australia. 29(3) Sept 2008 (with Karen Soldatic)
“Institutional and Residual Conceptions of Human Rights” Activating Human Rights and Diversity, Byron Bay (2003) (with Jim Ife)
Human Rights in the Formation of Government Policies Training Manual for the Iraq Human Rights Ministrypublished by the University of Nottingham, Human Rights Law Centre (2006) (with Mary Anne Kenny)