Maria Hagan is a PhD candidate in geography at the University of Cambridge, exploring the spatial and regulatory regimes impacting migrant encampment in European border zones. She holds a first class Master’s degree in international development studies from the University of Amsterdam, for which she wrote a dissertation on the policing of asylum seekers and their informal settlements in Calais, France since the destruction of the notorious ‘Jungle’ in late 2016. For this purpose, she spent 6 months conducting ethnographic research with asylum seekers and grassroots humanitarian organisations in Calais through 2017-2018. Maria graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a first class BA degree in English Studies in 2014. She is the winner of the Border Criminologies Master’s dissertation prize. 

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