Ian Duncanson’s principal interests are in socio-legal and political theory and in their use to produce and understand social change. He had degrees from Southampton, Durham and Melbourne universities. He helped establish and worked in legal advice and referral centres in the UK. In Australia he established the annual series of Law and History and Law and Society conferences which began in the early 1980s and has written about the issues of refugees and the careers of civility and repression in Anglo-Australian societies. His academic posts have been at Northumbria and Keele Universities in the UK and at La Trobe University in Melbourne. Currently he is adjunct professor in the Socio-Legal Research Centre at Griffith University and Research Associate at the Institute for Postcolonial Studies.