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Vicki Squire

Professor of International Politics


Twitter: @vidkowiaksquire
Tel: +44 (0)24761 51977
Room: E1.13, Social Sciences Building
Advice and Feedback Hours: By appointment


I joined PAIS in 2012, following my role as RCUK fellow at the Centre of Citizenship, Identities and Governance, Open University, UK. Prior to that, I was ESRC postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Birmingham, UK. I completed my PhD and my MA studies as part of the Ideology and Discourse Analysis programme at the Department of Government, University of Essex, UK. I have also held visiting professor positions at Sapienza University, Rome, and Soka University Japan.

Research interests

My research is situated in the broad transdisciplinary field of International Political Sociology, and cuts across the areas of critical border, migration, citizenship and security studies. In particular, I focus on the politics of migration, asylum, and humanitarian protection, while also examining contemporary border struggles and forms of solidarity activism in various global and local contexts. I have published widely in these areas, and have presented lectures by invitation across the world, including in Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Italy, Japan, Sweden, the UK and the US. I am Co-Editor of the flagship International Studies Association journal International Political Sociology, and Convenor of the Warwick BREM (Borders, Race, Ethnicity and Migration) Network.

My research on migration and border struggles across the Mediterranean have been published in two books. This includes research carried out for my Leverhulme Fellowship, which was published with Cambridge University Press in 2020: Europe's Migration Crisis: Border Deaths and Human Dignity. Research carried for the ESRC project that I led during 2015-2019 will be published with Manchester University Press in 2021: Reclaiming Migration: Voices from Europe’s ‘Migrant Crisis’. I also have a forthcoming publication due from my research on Syrian refugee experiences of re/making 'home', carried out for the British Academy project Lost and Found? A Digital Archive of Testimonies of Migration, Displacement and Resettlement (with Principal Investigator: Dr Yasmine Shamma, University of Reading and Co-Investigator Professor Suzan Ilcan).

My new project, Data and Displacement: Assessing the Practical and Ethical Implications of Targeting Humanitarian Protection, commenced in October 2020. Funded by the AHRC, Data and Displacement is a collaborative project with colleagues from University of Ibadan, Nigeria, and University of Juba, South Sudan. Our research addresses the practical and ethical questions that arise from the increase of data-driven practices of humanitarian protection. It undertakes the urgent task of assessing the production and use of large-scale data on internal displacement, focusing on the experiences of at-risk populations in conflict situations.The research will focus on the data-driven targeting of humanitarian protection to internally displaced persons (IDPs) in two regions: northern Nigeria and South Sudan.

Teaching and supervision

I have been Programme Director for the MA in International Security as well as module director and tutor on the MA modules PO966 Concepts and Theories of International Security and PO9A2 Borders and Migration. I have wide-ranging experience in teaching across the related fields of politics and international studies, as well as across the social sciences more widely.

I have experience of supervising a range of PhD students, and welcome proposals on any of the above or related topics. Prospective students are invited to send me a short outline proposal for their proposed project. Students supervised to completion include:

  • Dr Francesca Melhuish, “There is no status quo”: ‘Crisis’ and Nostalgia in the Vote Leave Campaign (2021)
  • Dr Shannon Mathieu, Gender, Intervention Policy, and Right to Protect (2019)
  • Dr António Ferraz De Oliveira, The Politics of Territory in Early Anarchist Thought (2018)
  • Dr Veit Schwab, Discursive Borders in EUrope (2018)
  • Dr Lorenzo Vianelli, Governing Asylum Seekers: Logistics, Differentiation and Failure in the European Union’s Reception Regime (2018)
  • Dr Helen Arfvidsson, On Burning Cars, Concrete and Citizenship (2014)
  • Dr Jennifer Bagelman, City of Sanctuary: A State of Deferral (2012)

Recent publications

My recent works include:

For a full list of my publications, please see my Publications page.



Vicki's report on Syrian experiences of re/making home in the UK can now be accessed online in English and Arabic. You can also view an online gallery of visual artwork related to the research themes here.

Reclaiming Migration: Voices from Europe's 'Migration Crisis' has now been published with Manchester University Press, co-authored by Vicki with Nina Perkowski, Dallal Stevens and Nick Vaughan-Williams.

Vicki's research formed part of the Imperial War Museum London exhibition, Refugees: Forced to Flee, from September 2020-June 2021. This included an artwork by Indrė Šerpetytė and an animated audio installation 

The Data and Displacement website is now live! You can also follow the project on Twitter: @DataDisplaceme1

Vicki's book, Europe’s Migration Crisis: Border Deaths and Human Dignity, has been published with Cambridge University Press (2020). It argues that the ‘migration crisis’ reflects a more fundamental breakdown of a modern European tradition of humanism, and unpacks a series of pro-migrant activist interventions to show how these advance alternative horizons of solidarity and hope amidst the lived experiences of a lethal policy regime.

Professor Engin Isin (Queen Mary) describes the book as ‘masterfully’ documenting ‘how the European licence to dictate the measure of a human being is revoked by acts of hope and solidarity’, while Professor Suzan Ilcan (Waterloo) describes it as ‘an insightful and compelling analysis’ that is ‘powerfully argued, deeply compassionate and indispensable reading for scholars of migration and refugees’.

Vicki has also published two journal articles recently: ‘Migration and the politics of “the human”: Confronting the privileged subjects of IR’ builds on the insights of anti-racist, indigenous and postcolonial scholarship to argue for appreciation of the silences and violences of contemporary migration politics. ‘Hidden geographies of the “Mediterranean migration crisis”’, in Environment and planning C, shows how migratory testimonies involve claims to justice in both anti-war and anti-colonial terms.

The Crossing the Mediterranean Sea by Boat final report and online interactive map are available online via the project website Several stories from the map feature as an animation in the new exhibition, Refugees, launched at the Imperial War Museum (London) on 24 September 2020.

openDemocracy have published important testimony from an unaccompanied minor in Sicily along with Vicki's reflections on his experiences

Vicki's book on US border humanitarianism has been published with Palgrave Pivot: Post/Humanitarian Border Politics between Mexico and the US



exclusionary politics of asylum

contested politics of mobility