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Research Biography

I am a Research Fellow in History in the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. Between 2012 and 2015, I was a Vice-Chancellor's Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of International Studies at Flinders. I have previously worked at the Australian Institute of Criminology, the South Australian Office of Crime Statistics and Research and the Australian Taxation Office.

I am working with Associate Professor Andrekos Varnava, Associate Professor Marinella Marmo, Emeritus Professor Eric Richards and Dr Anastasia Dukova (Griffith) on the ARC Discovery Project 'Managing migrants and border control in Britain and Australia, 1901-1981'. This project aims to historicise the creation and control of €˜suspect' migrant communities and the restrictions on the further immigration of members of these groups by the British and Australian authorities from 1900-81. The project aims to scrutinise the creation of 'suspect communities' and the policies of surveillance, community control and restricted entry. The expected outcome is to show that such policies and practices did not prevent Britain and Australia from becoming multicultural societies by the 1970s. This will provide a greater understanding of how Britain and Australia's border control systems have evolved since 1900 and how past historical policies relate to contemporary practices.

Research Interests

British politics and history, Australian politics and history, South African politics and history, history of anti-colonialism in the British Empire/Commonwealth, history of the international communist movement, migration and border control policy and practice (Britain, Australia and European Union), labour history and politics, anti-racist politics, anti-fascism, social movement studies, 'race relations' and multicultural issues, the anti-Apartheid movement in Britain and Australia, riots and public disorder, public order policing, postcolonialism, national security policy and security studies, international criminal justice, counter-terrorism issues, refugee and asylum seeker issues, human trafficking, domestic criminal justice issues, legal history, serious and organised crime, money laundering and counter-terrorism financing, international terrorism in the 1970s, the Red Army Fraction, popular youth culture and politics, human rights and equal opportunity legislation and practice in Australia and Britain, post-Marxism.

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Research Output

ASIO and the Monitoring of Irish Republicans in Australia during the “Troubles”

Smith, E. & Dukova, A., Jun 2020, In : Australian Journal of Politics and History. 66, 2, p. 251-270 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • (Re)thinking 1968 and its legacy in Australia

    Smith, E. & Piccini, J., 3 Apr 2019, In : Journal of Australian Studies. 43, 2, p. 143-144 2 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

  • Corbyn, British labour and policy change

    Manwaring, R. & Smith, E., 29 Mar 2019, In : British Politics. 15, 1, p. 25-47 23 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Dealing with destitute Cypriots in the UK and Australia, 1914-1931

    Varnava, A. & Smith, E., 2019, Australia, Migration and Empire – Immigrants in a Globalised World. Payton, P. & Varnava, A. (eds.). London: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 277-312 36 p. (Britain and the World).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter