Professor Marinella Marmo


College of Business, Government and Law

place Law & Commerce (3.30)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

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).

Prof Marmo is a leading expert on human mobility, human rights and gendered criminology. 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.

Prof Marmo has published/co-published extensively in the area of transnational criminal matters, including books such as: 'A research agenda for a human rights centred criminology'; 'Narrating Injustice Survival'; 'Transnational Crime and Criminal Justice'; 'Race, Gender and the Body'; and 'Crime, Justice and Human Rights'. Over the years, she authored over 40 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 Chief Investigator in mutliple research projects on contemporary forms of modern slavery in Australia and South Australia, including Forced Marriage and contributes to shape local and national policies (@stopslaverysa).

Prof Marmo is a multiple award-winning tertiary education academic, with the latest award received in 2023 (BGL Team Teaching Award) for leading the Flinders Criminology team in its curriculum renovation. She was the first-ever recicient at national level of the ANZ Society of Criminology Excellence in Teaching Award, demonstrating leadership and academic distinction in the field.


LLB (Hons, Law) (Salerno),

PhD (Lancaster)

Honours, awards and grants


Academy of the Social Science of Australia (ASSA) 2024, A Critical Lens on Mass Deportation of Non-citizens: Law, Crimes and Technology, with Dr Sanzhuan (Sandra) Guo and Prof Margaret Davies.

AG National Action Plan to Combat Modern Slavery, 2023-2025, Educating for Change - Preventing and responding to modern slavery amongstuniversitystudentsinpre-servicecourses,with ACRATH and Dr Nerida Chazal.

ARC Discovery grant 2021-2024 DP210100931, ‘Criminal deportation’: Tracing interactions between migration control and criminal justice systems in Australia, Chief Investigator with Prof Leanne Weber, Prof Alison Gerard, Dr Faith Gordon and Prof Mary Boswoth (PI).

ARC Discovery grant 2018-2021 DP180102200, Managing migrants and border control in Britain and Australia, 1901-1981 (2018-2020), Chief Investigator with A/P Andrekos Varnava (lead),


In 2023, she was the recipient of the Flinders University BGL College Awards in Teaching Excellence ‘Teaching Excellence Team Award’.

In 2020, she was the recipient of the Flinders University BGL College ‘Outstanding Achievement in Engagement and Impact’ Research Excellence Award.

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

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

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

Teaching interests

At Flinders University, Marinella teaches the upper elective International Criminal Justice. In 2024, she is the module coordinator of the Industry Internships.

Topic coordinator
CRIM3302 International Criminal Justice
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
Border-crossing human rights matters
Modern Slavery in South Australia
Transnational criminal matters
Available for contact via
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+61 8 82012092
0427 398 713
Media expertise
  • Human rights and civil liberties
  • Immigration
  • Border-crossing human rights matters
  • 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)