Matthew J Gibney
University Reader in Politics and Forced Migration
Matthew J. Gibney is Reader in Politics and Forced Migration at the University of Oxford, Official Fellow of Linacre College, Oxford, and Deputy Director of the Refugee Studies Centre. He specializes in the political and ethical issues raised by refugees, citizenship, and migration control. Born in Melbourne, Australia, he was educated at Monash University (B.Ec.(Hons)) and, as a Commonwealth Scholar, at King’s College, University of Cambridge (M.Phil; Ph.D).
Gibney is the author of many scholarly articles, chapters and books, including The Ethics and Politics of Asylum (2004), Globalizing Rights (2003), which has been translated into Italian and Spanish, The Normative, Historical and Political Contours of Deportation (2013) (edited with Bridget Anderson and Emanuela Paoletti) and (with Randall Hansen) Immigration and Asylum (2005), a three volume encyclopedia. His published research has dealt with issues of asylum, deportation, citizenship, globalization, and statelessness and has appeared in journals such as the American Political Science Review, Journal of Politics, Government and Opposition, Political Studies and Citizenship Studies, as well as several anthologies of influential academic writing in migration studies and in international relations. He has given keynote lectures across the world and his work and views have been cited by the New York Times, the BBC, the Australian, the Toronto Globe and Mail and CBC Radio in Canada, amongst other media. He has held visiting professor positions at Monash University, the University of Toronto, and the University of New South Wales. He was Director of Oxford’s International Summer School in Forced Migration for almost ten years.
The Liberal State and the Expulsion of Members: Banishment, denationalisation and deportation
The lawful power to expel people considered criminal, dangerous or otherwise undesirable has been a feature of virtually all human communities. This project explores the various incarnations expulsion power takes in modern liberal states and the issues it raises for communities ostensibly committed to principles of freedom, equality and human rights. The main foci of analysis in the project are: the history of banishment as a precursor of modern deportation power; denationalisation and the evolution of powers to strip citizenship in liberal states; and the evolution and legitimacy of deportation. In addition to illustrating the ongoing tension between the power to expel and liberal principles, this project attempts to show how new developments in citizenship and concerns over crime and terrorism in modern states, fuel contemporary controversy over expulsion.
Dr Gibney particularly welcomes enquiries for supervision from prospective masters and doctoral students wishing to conduct research on political and normative issues related to refugee, migration, and citizenship at Oxford.
Gibney, M. (2009) Precarious Residents: Migration control, membership and the rights of non-citizens. New York: UNDP. Human Development Research Paper, 10.
Gibney, M. (2008) Who should be included? Non-citizens, conflict and the constitution of the citizenry. In: Stewart, F. (ed.) Horizontal Inequalities and Conflict. Palgrave.
Gibney, M. (2008) Deportation. In: Cane, P. and Conaghan, J. (eds.) The New Oxford Companion to Law. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Gibney, M. and Hedman, E-L. (2008) Introduction. In: Gibney, M. and Hedman, E-L. (eds.) Government and Opposition. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 43 (2), 139-145.
Gibney, M. (2008) Asylum and the expansion of deportation in the United Kingdom.. In: Gibney, M. and Hedman, E-L. (eds.) Government and Opposition. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 43 (2).
Gibney, M. (2007) Engineered regionalism, forced migration, and the distribution of refugees. In: Kneebone, S. (ed.) New Regionalism and Asylum Seekers. Oxford: Berghahn.
Gibney, M. (2006) Who should be included? Non-citizens, conflict and the constitution of the citizenry. CRISE Working Paper, 17.
Gibney, M. (2006) A thousand little Guantanamos: Western states and measures to prevent the arrival of refugees. In: Tunstall, K. (ed.) Migration, Displacement, Asylum: The Oxford Amnesty Lectures 2004. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Gibney, M. and Hansen, R. Immigration and Asylum since 1900 to the present, a three-volume encyclopaedia. Santa Barbara: ABC-Clio.
Gibney, M. and Hansen, R. (2005) Asylum policy in the West: past trends, future possibilities. In: Borjas, G. and Crisp, J. (eds.) Poverty, International Migration and Asylum. Basingstoke: Palgrave-Macmillan.
Gibney, M. (2004) Interpreting asylum: key questions for an improved regime. Tidsskriftet Politik, Flygtninge og Graensekontrol, 3 (7).
Gibney, M. (2004) The ethics and politics of asylum: liberal democracy and the response to refugees. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Gibney, M. (ed.) (2003) Globalizing rights: the 1999 Oxford Amnesty lectures. Oxford: Oxford University Press. (translated into Spanish as La Globalizacion de los Derochos Humanos, Baercelona: Critica, 2004 and Italian as La debolezza del più forte. Globalizzazione e diritti umani , Mondadori, 2005).
Gibney, M. (2003) Introduction. In: Globalizing Rights: The 1999 Oxford Amnesty Lectures. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Gibney, M. (2003) Asylum policy in the west: past trends, future prospects. United Nations University/Wider. Discussion Paper, 68.
Gibney, M. and Hansen, R. (2003) Deportation and the liberal state: the involuntary return of asylum seekers and unlawful migrants in Canada, the UK, and Germany. Geneva: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. New Issues in Refugee Research: Working Paper Series, 77.
Gibney, M. (2003)The state of asylum: democratization, judicialisation and the evolution of refugee policy. In: Kneebone, S. (ed.) The Refugee Convention 50 years on: Globalization and International Law. Aldershot: Ashgate.
Gibney, M. (2002) Security and the ethics of asylum after 11 September. Forced Migration Review, 13 40-42.
Gibney, M. (2001) The state of asylum: democratisation, judicialisation and the evolution of refugee policy in Europe. Geneva: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. New Issues in Refugee Research: Working Paper Series, 50.
Gibney, M. (2000) Asylum and the principle of proximity. Ethics, Place and Environment, 3 (3), 313-317.
Gibney, M. (2000) Outside the protection of the law: the situation of irregular migrants in Europe. Oxford: Refugee Studies Centre and Jesuit Refugee Service Europe. Working Paper, 6.
Gibney, M. (1999) Liberal Democratic States and Responsibilities to Refugees. American Political Science Review. 93 (1), 169-181.
M. J. Gibney, (In press). "Normative Issues in Forced Migration" in E. Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, G. Loescher, K. Long & N. Sigona, eds, The Oxford Handbook of Refugee and Forced Migration Studies, Oxford University Press.
M. J. Gibney, (In press), "Statelessness and Citizenship in Ethical Perspective" in A. Edwards & L Van Waas, eds, Nationality and Statelessness Under International Law, Cambridge University Press
M. J. Gibney, (Forthcoming 2013) "Is Deportation a Form of Forced Migration?", Refugee Survey Quarterly
M. J. Gibney (2013) “Should citizenship be conditional?: Denationalization and Liberal Principles”, Journal of Politics, Vol. 75.No. 3. July.
M. J. Gibney (2013) "Deportation, Crime and the Changing Character of Membership in the United Kingdom" in K. Aas & M. Bosworth, The Borders of Punishment, Oxford University Press.
M.J. Gibney (2013) "'A Very Transcendental Power: Denaturalization and the Liberalization of Citizenship in the United Kingdom", Political Studies. Online at First View: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1467-9248.2012.00980.x/abstract
M. J. Gibney (2012) The Political, Social and Historical Contours of Deportation, Springer (edited with Bridget Anderson and Emanuela Paoletti)
M. J. Gibney (2011) “Citizenship, Deportation and the Boundaries of Belonging”, Citizenship Studies, September, 2011 (with Bridget Anderson and Emanuela Paoletti), Vol. 15, No. 5, August, pp. 547-563.
M. J. Gibney (2011) “Editorial Introduction: Boundaries of Belonging: Deportation and the Constitution and Contestation of Citizenship” (with Bridget Anderson and Emanuela Paoletti) Citizenship Studies, Vol. 15, No. 5, August, pp. 543-545.
M. J. Gibney (2011) “The Rights of Non-Citizens to Membership” in B. Blitz & C. Sawyer, eds, Statelessness in Modern Europe (Cambridge University Press)
M. J. Gibney (2011) “Asylum Policy”, Oxford Migration Observatory Policy Primer, March. Online at http://migrationobservatory.ox.ac.uk/policy-primers/asylum-policy
RECENT TALKS AND LECTURES
“Is there a tension between Justice amongst States and Justice to Refugees?” Keynote Lecture, Societas Ethica Annual Conference, Sibiu, Romania, August 2012
“Deportation, Crime and the Changing Character of Membership in the United Kingdom,” Borders of Punishment Conference, Faculty of Law, University of Oxford, April 19, 2012
“The Ethics of Denationalization”, Keynote Lecture at the ESRC Politics of Victimhood Conference at Leceister University, Leceister, 29 June, 2011
“Should Citizenship Be Conditional?”, Duke University, Kenan Institute for Ethics, USA, December 6, 2010
--- University of Southampton, Department of Politics Seminar Series, Centre for Citizenship, Globalisationa nd Governance, Southampton, March 16, 2011
“Asylum as Organized Hypocrisy”, Keynote Talk at Tribunal 12 Event on “Migration in Europe”, Stockholm, Sweden, May 12, 2012
“The Ethics of Explusion: Liberalism and the Practice of Deportation”, Keynote Lecture, Philosophies of Migration Conference, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, September 27, 2011.
“The Liberal Case for the Free Movement of People”, Lecture to the 2012 Summer School in Forced Migration, RSC, July 2012
“Is Deportation a Form of Forced Migration?”, RSC/UEL Seminar Series on Conceptual Issues in Forced Migration, Oxford, March 2, 2012.
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Alternative futures: developing an agenda for legal research in asylum
Should citizenship be conditional? The ethics of denationalization
The ethics of deportation
Is deportation a form of forced migration?
Expulsion, membership and political community: Historical and multi-disciplinary perspectives
An unsettled future? Forced Migration and Refugee Studies in the 21st Century
The refugee in trans/national politics and society: Representation, contestation, and control