DR. ROBYN SAMPSON joined the IDC as the Senior Advisor & Research Coordinator in 2015. Prior to that, she was an Adjunct Research Fellow with the Swinburne Institute for Social Research at Swinburne University of Technology.

Robyn is an internationally recognised expert on the governance of migration. Alongside the IDC, she conducted over 10 years of research on alternatives to immigration detention to produce key resources for international debates on this issue. Robyn’s work has been presented to over 50 governments, and used by several countries to establish policy and practice– including Japan, Mexico, Belgium and Thailand.

Robyn has served as an expert speaker and technical advisor to international roundtables for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the International Organisation for Migration, and several national governments. Her work continues to provide a foundation for governments to explore humane treatment of asylum seekers, refugees and migrants.

Robyn 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. Robyn is based in Melbourne, Australia.