We are bringing together leading scholars in this area in a mentorship role, to lead and facilitate discussions on critical issues, to advance knowledge, to deepen our understanding of border-related issues and to build and strengthen research partnerships and platforms with selected postgraduate students researching irregular migration, border crossings and bordering practices. If you are undertaking postgraduate research in this area, we would love to hear from you.


The aim of the Masterclass is to bring together postgraduate scholars (who must be enrolled in a PhD or MA or equivalent at the time of the event) working on research that intersects with the study of borders, regulation, irregular migration. Research that aligns with the Border Crossing Observatory’s research agenda is welcome, but we are also open to research that sits outside this focus. We welcome cross-disciplinary researchers and applications are welcome from a range of disciplines.

The three-day event will focus on:

  1. Developing a publication for submission,
  2. Extending knowledge and interrogation of key scholarly issues, and;
  3. Targeted workshops on theoretical, empirical and methodological issues and career readiness.

The event will involve time to write, one-on-one time with an academic mentor, group discussions and seminars. The focus of the group discussions will be informed by the breadth and variation of participant’s research: the event will be tailored to the successful applicants.

For those of you interested in border control, Bordercriminologies and the Border Observatory at Monash University are holding a masterclass in Prato next September. Monash has a campus in Prato which is about 40 mins by train from Florence.  The 3 day event will include masters and doctoral students from around the world. There is some funding for travel and all accommodation will be covered. Please also circulate to others you think might be interested.  This is just the kind of event we need more of post-Brexit: An international exchange of ideas.

If you are interested in applying, please do so here. If you have any questions concerning the event please get in touch with Professor Mary Bosworth.