Henrietta McNeill

PhD candidate


BA (Hons) (Canterbury); MA (Canterbury)

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Henrietta McNeill commenced her PhD candidature with the Department of Pacific Affairs in 2020. Her research interests are criminal deportations to the Pacific Islands, security cooperation on transnational crime, and Pacific geopolitics.

She was awarded a Fulbright New Zealand General Graduate Award, and was hosted by Lewis & Clark Law School (Portland), University of California Los Angeles, and the Center for Pacific Island Studies at the University of Hawaii – Mānoa in 2022. In 2021, she was named a La Trobe Indo-Pacific Emerging Leader.

Henrietta is on the project team for an Australian Department of Defence Strategic Policy Grant looking at potential networked security architecture in the Pacific Islands region, and co-investigator on another analysing how tools of statecraft are used in the Pacific Islands region.

She has worked widely across the Pacific region, with a particular interest in Polynesia. She has led policy advice on a range of topics from trade, to transnational crime, and labour mobility. Heralding from Aotearoa New Zealand, she has previously also lived in Samoa and Tokelau.


Thesis topic

Exporting a problem or creating networks? Criminal deportations and Pacific regional security


McNeill, H. (2023) Deportation as an act of neocolonialism: how deporting state influence extends beyond the border. Political Geography 102 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.polgeo.2023.102845

McNeill, H., and Marmo, M. (2023) Past-Present Differential Inclusion: Australia’s Targeted Deportation of Pacific Islanders 1901–2020. International Journal of Crime Justice and Social Democracy 12(1) 42-54, https://doi.org/10.5204/ijcjsd.2743

Wallis, J., McNeill, H., Batley, J., and Powles, A. (2022) Security cooperation in the Pacific Islands: architecture, complex, community, or something else? International Relations of the Asia-Pacific https://doi.org/10.1093/irap/lcac005

McNeill H. (2021) Dealing with the ‘Crimmigrant Other’ in the Face of a Global Public Health Threat: A Snapshot of Deportation during COVID-19 in Australia and New Zealand. Social Sciences: International Migration 10(8):278. Special Issue: Crimmigration in the Age of COVID-19. https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci10080278

Hopkins, W. J., and McNeill, H., (2015) Exploring hard law through soft norms: New Zealand’s reception of European standards in “Importing EU Norms? Conceptual Framework and Empirical Findings”, ed. A Bjorkdahl, N. Chaban, J. Leslie, and A. Masselot; Springer

McNeill, H., (2014) She’ll Be Right: Some Observations on Diffused European Union Standards in a New Zealand Context, Australia New Zealand Journal of European Studies 6:1

McNeill, Henrietta (2021) Oceania’s ‘crimmigration creep’: are deportation and reintegration norms being diffused?, Journal of Criminology, https://doi.org/10.1177/00048658211008952

Wallis, Joanne, and Henrietta McNeill (2021) The implications of COVID-19 for security in the Pacific Islands, The Round Table: Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs 110:2 pp. 203-216 https://doi/10.1080/00358533.2021.1904587

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