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Law Welcomes New IAS Postdoctoral Fellow


The Law School would like to welcome Dr Ioana Vrabiescu who joins the Criminal Justice Centre as an Institute of Advanced Study (IAS) postdoctoral fellow until 2021. Her bio can be found below:


Dr. Ioana Vrăbiescu

WIRL-COFUND Fellow | University of Warwick

My current project DispoCIT: Policing and Deporting EU citizens: A Comparative Study of Romanian Police Collaboration in France and in the UK interrogates how transnational police cooperation in targeting Romanian citizens for deportation impacts state sovereignty and citizenship dispossession. It explores exceptional measures imposed to EU citizens by comparing two models of bilateral police collaboration, Franco-Romanian and British-Romanian. Previously, I conducted multi-sited fieldwork alongside the deportation apparatus in France and in Romania (ERC project SOLIDERE: The Social Life of State Deportation Regimes, University of Amsterdam), I studied the implementation of the European Cohesion Policy at the local level (H2020 project RELOCAL: Resituating the Local in Cohesion and Territorial Development), and I conducted research with social services and institutions for migration management in Spain.


Themes: migration and mobility; power and inequality; institutional and organizational culture; state and non-state bureaucracy.

Topics: race, ethnicity and gender; intersectionality; urban development and local governance; policing mobility; state borders.

Methodology: Qualitative methods: ethnography, life-stories, interviews, (non-)participant observations; critical discourse analysis; document analysis.

New Articles:

"Devised to punish: Policing, detaining and deporting Romanians from France." European Journal of Criminology, 2019.

"The state riddle: working through messiness alongside a shared deportation apparatus in France and Romania." in Special Issue of Social Anthropology/Anthropologie Sociale, 2019.

New Book Chapters:

"Dwelling in Limbo. Temporality in the Governance of Romani Migrants in Spain." in Magazzini, T. and S. Piemontese (eds.) Constructing Roma Migrats: European Naratives and Local Governance", pp. 109-128. Springer Open Access, 2019.

"Voluntary Return as Forced Mobility: Humanitarianism and the Securitization of Romani Migrants in Spain." in van Baar, H., Ivasiuc, A. and R. Kreide (eds.) The Securitization of the Roma in Europe, pp. 207-229. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019.


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Ana Aliverti commented, “I am delighted to welcome Ioana to the Law School and the Criminal Justice Centre. An anthropologist by training, her work investigates new forms of police cooperation in Europe and their impact on citizens’ rights and state sovereignty. Ioana has exciting plans for her stay at Warwick and we look forward to her contributions to our community.”

Welcome Ioana, we hope you enjoy your time at the Law School.

Thu 31 Oct 2019, 15:56