Henrietta McNeill is a PhD candidate at the ANU Department of Pacific Affairs.

Commencing her PhD candidature with the Department of Pacific Affairs in 2020, Henrietta’s 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, including trade, transnational crime and labour mobility. Heralding from Aotearoa New Zealand, she has also lived in Samoa and Tokelau.

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