Professor Nick Vaughan-Williams interviewed in World Finance
Professor Nick Vaughan-Williams was recently interviewed for an article published in the Winter 2020 edition of World Finance. Entitled 'The true cost of the EU's border security boom', the piece examines the EU's plans to spend €34.9bn on border security in its next budget cycle (2021-27). Findings of the Leverhulme 'Border Narratives' project suggest that many EU citizens may prefer more accurate information about migration than greater investment in tougher deterrent border security.
Professor Nick Vaughan-Williams gives keynote lecture
On 16 January 2020, Professor Nick Vaughan-Williams delivered the keynote lecture for the 4th British International Studies Association (BISA) European Security Working Group Workshop. Hosted at Birmingham City University, the theme of the workshop was "Managing EU Internal and External Security Threats". The title of the keynote lecture, based on the findings of the Leverhulme Border Narratives project, was "Border Anxieties: Vernacular Narratives of Europe's 'Migration Crisis'".
Visiting Research Fellow - Dr Cecilia Vergnano
Dr Cecilia Vergnano is a Social Anthropologist from the University of Barcelona, with a PhD dissertation on forced (im)mobilities of Roma migrants in Europe. She is currently a Marie Slodowska-Curie Research Fellow at the Amsterdam Institute for Social Sciences Research (AISSR) of the University of Amsterdam, with a research project about the social and political impacts of the reintroduction of border controls within the Schengen area and the policing of asylum-seekers autonomous mobility through pushbacks at internal EU borders. In particular, her research focuses on the social life of the French/Italian and Austrian/Italian borders, with a particular attention to the evolution of everyday border practices by security actors, undocumented asylum seekers, local residents and informal border-crossing facilitators. Her research interests are borderization processes, forced (im)mobilities, racialization processes, border-crossing facilitation practices, territorial stigmatization, forced evictions. She will be based in PAIS from 24 October to 7 November 2019 working with Nick Vaughan-Williams in connection with the 'Border Narratives' project and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.