Melissa Phillips is an independent consultant and researcher. She has a Master degree in Anthropology (Development Studies), BA(Hons) in History, and a PhD from the University of Melbourne where she is an Honorary Fellow in the School of Social and Political Sciences. She is also a non-resident Fellow at the Centre for International Cooperation at New York University
Melissa is co-author of Becoming Australian: Migration, Settlement and Citizenship (with Brian Galligan and Martina Boese), MUP, Melbourne and has published widely in academic journals on settlement, transit migration and refugee policies.
She also has experience working with the UN and NGOs in post-conflict contexts working with refugees and asylum seekers in South Sudan and Libya.
Melissa is a Regional Advisor for the International Detention Coalition, is on the board of the NGO Urban Refugees and is an associate editor for the Journal of Intercultural Studies.