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This project has been conceived, designed and built by a team from the University of Melbourne, with assistance from specialists in refugee studies and carceral history. Dr Claire Loughnan (Criminology, University of Melbourne) is the Chief Investigator and has coordinated the project in partnership with Dr Una McIlvenna (History, University of Melbourne). 

The virtual reconstruction of the site has been created by the Faculty of Arts eLearning/eteaching team at the University Of Melbourne: Mitch Buzza, Sam Taylor, and Meredith Hinze. They were aided in this task by the generous assistance and eyewitness testimony of former detainee Behrouz Boochani and well as by reflections on the site from former Migration worker, Nicole Judge.  The site would not have been possible without access to stills and other materials from the film Chauka Please Tell Us the Time, by the producers, Arash Sarvestani and Behrouz Boochani, and to recordings from the Messenger Project, generously made available by Michael Green and by Abdul Aziz Muhamat (one of the men formerly imprisoned in Manus). 

Other members of the team, who contributed their advice, expertise and knowledge include: 

Dr Jordana Silverstein (History and the Peter McMullin Statelessness Centre, University of Melbourne)

Dr Mahnaz Alimardanian (PiiR Consulting) 

Dr Uma Kothari (Geography, University of Manchester and University of Melbourne) 

Dr James Parker (Law, University of Melbourne) 

Joel Stern (Liquid Architecture)