Associate Professor Marinella Marmo

Associate Professor

College of Business, Government and Law

place Law & Commerce (3.34)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

A/Prof Marmo holds a PhD in Applied Social Science (University of Lancaster, UK) and an LLB (Honours) (Università di Salerno, Italy). She joined the Flinders Law School in 2005, after having held positions in the UK (University of Leicester and the Liverpool John Moores University).

A/Prof Marmo is a leading expert on human mobility, human rights and cross-border migration. Her research has been cited by academics and senior policymakers worldwide, profiled by several prominent international and national media outlets, formed the base for a British Parliamentary Q&A session and used to inform a documentary in Britain. She is an active contributor to national and state inquiries.

A/Prof Marmo has published/co-published extensively in the area of transnational criminal matters, including the book Narrating Injustice Survival, the book Transnational Crime and Criminal Justice, the book Race, Gender and the Body and the book Crime, Justice and Human Rights. Over the years, she authored over 30 articles and book chapters in top quality academic journals and distinguished book publishers.

She has attracted external funding from a number of sources, including the joint initiative EU-Australian Government, the Australian Research Council (ARC), the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA), the Ian Potter Foundation and the South Australian Law Foundation.

At present, she is leading a research project on contemporary forms of modern slavery in South Australia which is contributing to shape local policies (@stopslaverysa). She is also conducting a research project on family violence in SA migrant communities, together with Associate Professor Hossein Esmaeili, Ms Jenny Richards and Dr Lana Zannettino.

A/Prof Marmo is a multiple award-winning tertiary education teacher, with the latest award received in 2018 by the ANZ Society of Criminology for its inaugural excellence in teaching prize, demonstrating leadership and academic distinction in the field.


LLB (Hons, Law) (Salerno),

PhD (Lancaster)

Honours, awards and grants

In 2011, she was awarded the Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching, Flinders University.

In 2012, she was awarded a Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning by the Australian Government (Former Office for Learning and Teaching).

In 2018, she was the recipient of the ANZ Society of Criminology inaugural Award for Excellence in Teaching.

She is a CI in the ARC Discovery grant DP180102200 Managing migrants and border control in Britain and Australia, 1901-1981 (2018-2020),

Key responsibilities

Marinella has held a number of internal administrative roles, among others Associate Dean (Research) at the Flinders Law School.

Teaching interests

At Flinders University, Marinella teaches the upper elective International Criminal Justice. In 2020, she is the module coordinator of International Criminal Justice, and of the Honours Placement Program.

She contributes to the teaching of programs at Master's level including the Flinders Master of Laws (International Law and International Relations)

Topic coordinator
CRIM3302 International Criminal Justice
CRIM7303 Field practice
Supervisory interests
Corporate and transnational crime
Gender and human rights
Human trafficking
International criminal court
State crime
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: temporary migration in Australia and gig economy (1), sex trafficking and victim-offender cycle (1)
Associate supervisor: State crime and accountability (1)
Principal supervisor: Night time economy in Adelaide, young people and drugs (1), International criminal court and geo-politics (1), white collar / corporate crime and pharmaceutical regulation (1)
Associate supervisor: Labour rural-urban migration and exploitation (1)
Expert for media contact
Human rights and civil liberties
Modern Slavery in South Australia
Transnational criminal matters
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Media expertise
  • Human rights and civil liberties
  • Immigration
  • Modern Slavery in South Australia
  • Transnational criminal matters
Further information

Modern Slavery Video by Flinders University

Exploited: a video on modern slavery in South Australia


Video for future PhD students in Modern Slavery and other matters I research

Modern Slavery in South Australia (xspf)

Modern Slavery Video by Flinders University (xspf)

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