Personal profile

Research interests

Democrartic decline

Identity threat

Humanitarian migrant resettlement

Respect in the context of government and social institutions


Ibolya (Ibi) Losoncz is a Research Fellow at the School of Global Govenance and Regulation (RegNet). Her research on the relationship between individuals and institutions examines how policies and institutional processes that are unresponsive to human needs can lead to defiance, rebellion and a breakdown of social bonds between the people and the state. Ibi published in a range of international journals, including Journal of Refugee Studies, Journal of International Migration and Integration, Social Alternatives, and The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology. Her recent book Institutional Disrespect explores the destructive consequences of democracies relying on institutional processes that are deaf to human needs. Prior to joining RegNet, Ibi has been a senior research analyst at various public service departments and research institutes, including the Australian Institute of Criminology.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy in Regulation, Justice and Diplomacy, PhD, Absence of respect: South Sudanese experiences of Australian government and social institutions, The Australian National University

Award Date: 1 Sept 2014

Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) (First Class), , Bachelor, Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) (First Class), , Charles Sturt University

Award Date: 1 Dec 2003

External positions

Senior Research Analyst , Department of Social Services


Research Analyst , Australian Institute of Criminology


Principal Researcher, Bureau of Transport and Regional Economics


Assistant Director, Department of Social Services


Research Assistant, Australian Institute of Criminology


Expertise Areas

  • Compliance, defiance and enforcement
  • Human migration and mobility
  • Crime, violence and justice


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