Border criminology scholarship is largely qualitative with ethnographic approaches, interviews and observations playing a central role together with the critical analysis of discourse – also increasingly including social media discourse. Yet, the scholarship continues to develop when it comes to using different approaches and matters of data collection to better capture the complexities of bordering practices and the complex realities and experiences of those who are caught in the middle of these practices. This roundtable will bring together scholars who have been working on questions of migration, borders and bordering from various disciplinary angles and using various research methodologies. After briefly introducing their work and the methodology they applied, there will be a lot of room for questions from the audience.

The roundtable will be moderated by Professor Maartje van der Woude. 


Dr. Amalia Campos Delgado - Van Vollenhoven Institute for Law, Governance & Society, Leiden University, the Netherlands 

Amalia Campos-Delgado is Postdoc/Lecturer at the Van Vollenhoven Institute for Law, Governance and Society at Leiden University. Her research focuses on the Transit Control Regime established in Mexico to detain and deter irregular migration in transit to the United States. She holds a BA in Anthropology, a MRes in Sociocultural Studies, and a PhD in Politics from Queen’s University Belfast. During 2019 was Postdoctoral Fellow at the International Centre for Comparative Criminology at the Univeristé de Montréal. Research and teaching interests include international migration, border securitisation, externalization of borders, and methods. 

Philippe M. Frowd – University of Ottawa

Philippe M. Frowd is currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Political Studies at the University of Ottawa, Canada. His research focuses on the transnational governance of security in West Africa’s Sahel region, with a particular focus on irregular migration and border control. His most recent fieldwork has been on the local effects of international efforts to curb migrant smuggling in Niger. He has published research on border policing practices in Senegal and Mauritania through police cooperation, the reinforcement of border infrastructure and the deployment of digital identification technologies. His research interests are in borders and migration, critical security studies, and African politics. As part of a multi-faceted research trajectory, he has also written on issues related to the politics of surveillance and privacy for diverse audiences. He is author of Security at the Borders: Transnational Practices and Technologies in West Africa (Cambridge University Press, 2018).

Dr Alice Gerlach - Lecturer in Criminology, Oxford Brookes University 

Alice Gerlach is currently Lecturer in Criminology at Oxford Brookes University. She conducts research at the intersection of immigration control and criminal justice. Her collaboratively funded ESRC and HMIP DPhil explored the experiences of women who had spent time in immigration detention in the UK. She used the concept of dignity to help explain the pains of immigration detention as described by the women who participated in the study. Alice is one of few academic researchers to have been given full access to an immigration removal centre to conduct this research. Alongside this access, she also visited women in the UK community who had been released from detention and visited Jamaica to speak with women who had been removed to this country after their incarceration.

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