About Us

Our aims

Border Criminologies brings together academics, practitioners and those who have experienced border control from around the world. Showcasing original research from a range of perspectives, we hope to better understand the effect of border control and to explore alternatives. Through an emphasis on visual resources and first hand accounts we hope to flesh out our understanding of the lived experience of law and policy and to develop the emerging field of inquiry into border control within criminology.

Who we are

Based at the Centre for Criminology at the University of Oxford, Border Criminologies is directed by Mary Bosworth, working with Vanessa BarkerAndriani Fili,  Rimple MehtaSanja MilivojevicAlpa Parmar, Gabriella SanchezJuliet Stumpf and Maartje van der Woude. The network of contributors stretches from Oxford to Australia, including other academics and research students, as well as practitioners and migrants. See our People page to learn more about the network.

What we do

Border Criminologies facilitates the exchange of ideas in a variety of ways:

(a) the Border Criminologies website: Our website offers a portal to applied academic research on border control within criminology and related disciplines, in Oxford and elsewhere. As the site develops it will make available data and open access publications.

(b) the Border Criminologies blog: Situated in our website, the blog showcases original research and first hand accounts of border control.

(c) Social media: Border Criminologies is on Facebook, TwitteriTunes, Instagram, and Flickr.

(d) Discussion group: Border Criminologies hosts an informal monthly discussion group at the Centre for Criminology to discuss research in this field. If you would like to participate, please email us.

(e) Seminars and conferences: Border Criminologies organises regular seminars and conferences which are advertised on our website.

(f) Our open access SSRN Criminal Justice, Borders & Citizenship Research Paper Series.

See our review posts (2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016) for more on what we’ve been up to.

Get involved

We strongly encourage you to participate either by contributing posts (please see the Join In page) or by commenting on published posts. Please note that comments to posts are moderated before publication to ensure that those with offensive or discriminatory content are not published.