From a small, core group based in Oxford, Border Criminologies has grown over the past 4 and a half years to become a global network of scholars, activists and policy makers.  The blog remains a central part of our outreach, showcasing original research from around the world, first-hand accounts of border control, and book reviews, with more than 10,000 unique visitors per month. Increasingly, the blog has developed additional strands in mentoring younger scholars and in facilitating knowledge exchange beyond the academy. Our contributors last year came from across the globe, including the US, Australia, Sudan, Morocco and a range of countries in Europe.

This year we are looking for regular contributors who can commit to writing a number of posts per year on a topic of their interest related to border control and its effects, immigration, and the lived experience of law and policy. For examples from our open call for contributions go here.

Who can participate

This opportunity is open to academics, students, practitioners, policy makers and those directly subject to border control.

Interested? Here’s how: Email us with a draft title, a summary of what you’d like to write about and a brief bio. You can also submit a draft post if you’ve developed it already. Regular contributors should commit to writing one post every six weeks (minimum of 5 posts per year). One of us will then contact you and discuss further steps and timeframe. Please keep these guidelines in mind:

  • Posts should be between 750 to 1000 words in length (1500 words maximum).

  • Relevant sources and background should be hyperlinked, where possible.

  • Please don’t use footnotes.

  • Posts should be written in a clear and concise manner, avoiding jargon and wordiness.

  • Remember that as a blog post, it’s important to appeal to a broad audience (such as readers from outside your country) so wherever possible, connect local issues to global concerns.

  • Visuals and audio are strongly encouraged, especially those of your own creation (and copyright).

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions relating to your possible involvement (bordercrim@law.ox.ac.uk).

Thank you for your interest in the Border Criminologies website. We look forward to your contributions!