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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: Term 3 - 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 in 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.

Most of my recent research has focused on border struggles across the Mediterranean. In summer 2020 a monograph based on research carried out for my Leverhulme Fellowship will be published with Cambridge University Press: Europe’s Contested Migration Crisis: Border Deaths and Human Dignity. I also have a co-authored monograph forthcoming with Manchester University Press (2021), which is based on an ESRC project that I led during 2015-2019: Reclaiming Migration: Voices from Europe’s ‘Migrant Crisis’. In addition to these projects, I am also currently undertaking research on Syrian refugee experiences of re/making 'home' for the British Academy project Lost and Found? A Digital Archive of Testimonies of Migration, Displacement and Resettlement (Principal Investigator: Dr Yasmine Shamma, University of Reading).

Teaching and supervision

I am 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. I welcome PhD 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 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) (currently lecturer at University of Exeter)

Recent publications

Some of my most recent works include:

  • Squire, V. (2019) “A milestone missed? The global compact on migration and the limits of solidarity”, Global Affairs, 5(2): 155-162.
  • Squire, V. (2018) "Researching Precarious Migrations: Qualitative Strategies Toward a Positive Transformation of the Politics of Migration", The British Journal of Politics and International Relations, published on early view in March 2018.
  • Squire, V. (2017) “Divided Seas, Parallel Lives”, Women’s Studies Quarterly, 45(1&2): 69-89.
  • Squire, V. (2017) “Governing migration through death in Europe and the US: Identification, burial, and the crisis of modern humanism”, European Journal of International Relations, published online September 2016.
  • Squire, V. (2016) “Unauthorised migration beyond structure/agency? Acts, interventions, effects”, Politics, published on early view December 2016.
  • Squire, V. (2015) "Acts of desertion: Abandonment and renounouncement at the Sonoran borderzone", Antipode, 47(2): 500-516.
  • Squire, V. (2015) “Reshaping critical geopolitics? The materialist challenge”, Review of International Studies, 41(1): 139-159.
  • Squire, V. (2014) “Desert ‘trash’: Posthumanism, border struggles, and humanitarian politics”, Political Geography, 39: 11-21.
  • Squire, V. and Darling, J. (2013) “The 'Minor' Politics of Rightful Presence: Justice and relationality in City of Sanctuary”, International Political Sociology, 7(1): 59-74.
  • Closs Stephens, A. and Squire, V. (2012) “Politics through a web: Citizenship and community unbound”, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 30(3): 551-567.
  • Squire, V. (Ed.) (2011) The Contested Politics of Mobility: Borderzones and Irregularity (Abingdon: Routledge).
  • Squire, V. (2011) “From Community Cohesion to Mobile Solidarities: The City of Sanctuary network and the Strangers into Citizens campaign”, Political Studies, 59(2), 290-307.
  • Squire, V. (2009) The Exclusionary Politics of Asylum (Basingstoke: Palgrave-Macmillan).

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



My most recent article, A Milestone Missed: The Global Compact on Migration and the Limits of Solidarity has been published with commentaries by Liz Fekete and Peter Nyers in Global Affairs

The Crossing the Mediterranean Sea by Boat final report and online interactive map are available online via the project website

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

My 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