Joanna Howe

Professor Joanna Howe


Adelaide Law School

Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.

Dr Joanna Howe is a Professor of Law at the University of Adelaide and a consultant with Harmers Workplace Lawyers.

She holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Law from the University of Oxford where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar. In 2022 Joanna was appointed by the Minister for Home Affairs as part of an expert, three-member panel to review the Australian Migration Program. In 2021 Joanna was appointed by the Minister for Immigration to the Ministerial Advisory Council on Skilled Migration. In 2019 Joanna was appointed as the Australian representative to an ILO working group on temporary labour migration.

Joanna is a leading expert on the legal regulation of temporary labour migration. She is project leader on a number of significant national research grants, including an ARC Linkage Grant examining undocumented migrant work on farms, one for the horticulture industry ((HIA, VG15025, $231,207, 2016) and another for the Fair Work Ombudsman examining the experience of international students in the Australian workplace (FWO, $58, 960, 2016). Joanna is also a chief-investigator on an Australian Research Council Discovery Project (with Prof Rosemary Owens, Prof Andrew Steward and A/Prof Anne Hewitt) investigating the incidence of unpaid work experience and internships in Australia (DP150104516, $207,200, 2015-2018). Joanna is also a chief-investigator on a Commonwealth National Research Grant (cat 1, $311,000) investigating the experience of refugee women in the workplace. Joanna is also a research collaborator on a grant from the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council examining gender, migration and the work of care in Oceania.

Joanna is the author of three books and her work is internationally recognised. Her edited collection Temporary Labour Migration in the Global Era (with Prof Rosemary Owens) is the seminal international work on the regulation of transnational migration flows between countries on a temporary basis, and her monograph Rethinking Job Security provides a three country study of unfair dismissal law. In 2015 Joanna received a grant from the Oñati International Institute for the Sociology of Law in Spain with Prof Rosemary Owens to convene a workshop on temporary labour migration bringing together international experts.

Joanna is regularly invited to present evidence to Australian parliamentary inquiries and reviews into Australia’s temporary labour migration programme. Her recommendations regarding the temporary migration program have been accepted by successive federal governments and inquiries. Joanna is a regular media commentator having given expert evidence on Four Corners and 7.30, and is regularly commissioned to write for The Sydney Morning Herald, The Melbourne Age and The Australian newspapers.

Joanna also researches on laws that impact children, including on abortion and surrogacy.

She is the recipient of the SA InDaily 40 under 40 Award and the University of Adelaide's Women's Research Excellence Award.

  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2023 - ongoing Professor of Law University of Adelaide
    2016 - 2022 Associate Professor in Law University of Adelaide
    2015 - ongoing Senior Lecturer University of Adelaide
    2012 - 2014 Lecturer University of Adelaide
    2010 - 2011 Junior Dean St John's College, University of Cambridge
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2015 Award Executive Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning University of Adelaide Australia 2000
    2015 Research Award University of Adelaide Vice-Chancellor's Award for Women's Excellence in Research University of Adelaide Australia 5000
    2014 Award Best article submitted in 2015 University Montesquieu-Bordeaux IV France -
    2009 Scholarship NSW Rhodes Scholar University of Oxford Australia -
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2009 - 2012 University of Oxford United Kingdom PhD
    2008 - 2009 University of Oxford United Kingdom M.St. Legal Research
    2001 - 2007 University of Sydney Australia LLB (First Class Honours)
    2001 - 2004 University of Sydney Australia Bachelor of Economics (Social Sciences)
  • Research Interests


Year Institution Name/ID Amount



Commonwealth National Research Grants

University of Flinders

Strong and Resilient Communities grant investigating refugees and work (with Alex Reilly, Anna Zeirsch and Clemence Due)

Migration visas and workplace exploitation and discrimination: Regulatory and complaints mechanisms to protect health and wellbeing



2016-2017 University of Adelaide Assessing the Economic, Social and Health Outcomes for Migrant Workers in the State Sponsored Employment Schemes, Vice-Chancellor's Interdisciplinary Research Fund $24,920
2016 Fair Work Ombudsman The Experience of International Students in the Australian Labour Market (with Alex Reilly, Bassina Farbenblum and Laurie Berg) $60,000
2016 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Gender, Migration and the Work of Care: Migration and Care in Oceania (with Deborah Brennan and Sara Charlesworth)  
2016-2018 Research Agreement with VegetablesWA Addressing labour supply challenges in the Australian horticulture industry (with Alex Reilly, Stephen Clibborn, Diane van den Broek and Chris Wright) $228,000
2016-2017 Horticulture Innovation Australia Investigating Labour Supply Options Across the Australian Vegetable Industry VG15025 (with Alex Reilly, Diane van den Broek and Chris Wright) $231,000
2015-2018 ARC Discovery Project Work Experience: Labour Law at the Boundary of Work and Education DP150104516 (with Rosemary Owens, Andrew Stewart and Anne Hewitt) $228,000
2014-2015 Oñati Institute for the Sociology of Law (Spain) Temporary Labour Migration in a Gobalised World - the Regulatory Challenges (with Rosemary Owens) $50,000
2013-2014 University of Adelaide Temporary Labour Migration - Addressing Regional Challenges 

Vice-Chancellor's Interdisciplinary Research Fund

  • Board Memberships

    Date Role Board name Institution name Country
    2021 - ongoing Member Ministerial Advisory Council on Skilled Migration Minister for Immigration Australia
    2017 - 2017 Member WWC Management Committee Working Women's Centre Australia
    2015 - ongoing Member Youth Mission Team Australia - -
  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2015 - ongoing Representative Adelaide Law School; First Year Co-ordinator Australia
    2015 - ongoing Representative Research Process Management Reference Group; University of Adelaide Australia
    2015 - ongoing Representative Human Research Ethics Committee low risk committee, Univeristy of Adelaide Australia
    2013 - 2016 Director Next Steps Seminar Program; Adelaide Law School -
  • Consulting/Advisories

    Date Institution Department Organisation Type Country
    2015 - ongoing - - - Australia
    2015 - ongoing - - - Australia
    2009 - ongoing - - - -
    2009 - ongoing - - - -
  • Editorial Boards

    Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country
    2014 - ongoing Editor Australian Journal of Administrative Law - Australia
  • Position: Professor
  • Phone: 83134344
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  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Ligertwood, floor 3
  • Org Unit: Adelaide Law School

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