The Centre for Criminology is pleased to announce the Leverhulme International Network on External Border Control lead by Mary Bosworth. This network draws together three criminological research groups working on the intersections of criminal justice and migration control at the Universities of Oxford, Oslo, and Monash, headed by Mary BosworthKatja Franko Aas, and Sharon Pickering. Through generous funding from the Leverhulme Trust, the network will set up a new open-access SSRN series on the criminology of mobility and, via a series of linked events, support early career scholars working in this field. Researchers will merge data sets based at Border Criminologies (Oxford), the University of Oslo’s ‘Crime Controls and the Borderlands of Europe’ group, and the Border Crossing Observatory (Monash), in order to map commonalities and differences across the geographical regions. In time, the project hope to make the data open access as well.

The SSRN series will make freely available published research on border control and working papers as well as, in time, research briefs on the comparative data analysis. It will be supplemented by other web-based collaboration between the three partner institutions and a broader network of scholars, practitioners and those subject to border control, shared between the Border Criminologies website in Oxford and the Border Crossing Observatory in Monash. These websites will further support the set of linked seminars, developing a web-based network for early career scholars and a data-base of international practitioners and policy-makers. More information about the grant and about the project can be found on the Border Criminologies website here.