Dr Robyn Sampson – Acting Director


Dr. Robyn Sampson is the Acting Director of the International Detention Coalition and an Adjunct Research Fellow with the Swinburne Institute for Social Research at Swinburne University of Technology. She is an internationally recognised expert on the governance of migration, with over 10 years’ experience in the field.

Dr. Sampson’s research on alternatives to immigration detention, undertaken with the International Detention Coalition, is a key resource in international debates on this issue. Her work has been presented to over 50 governments and used by several countries – including Japan, Mexico, Belgium and Thailand.

Dr. Sampson has been an invited expert speaker and technical advisor at international roundtables for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the International Organization for Migration and several governments. Her work continues to provide a foundation for governments around the world to explore more humane treatment of asylum seekers, refugees and migrants.

Dr. Sampson was awarded the ‘Silver Angel Award’ by the G200 Youth Forum in 2015 for her work promoting the human rights of refugees. She holds a PhD in politics from La Trobe University.