What is your research about?
My research focuses on the European Union’s (EU) efforts at externalising its borders to Libya and Niger in a bid to curb irregular migration. The EU has increasingly put forward that it is externalising its borders to save lives however, evidence has increasingly shown that these policies are security focussed as migration has been constructed as a threat. The research uses Libya and Niger as case studies as they are integral transit states for Sub-Saharan African migrants hoping to reach Europe via the Central Mediterranean route. I am applying qualitative methods such as critical discourse analysis to show evidence of securitisation in the EU’s policies, and interviewing key policy makers at the EU Commission to provide an in-depth analysis on the topic area.
What is your background?
Prior to embarking on my PhD studies, I graduated from the University of Kent in 2018 with a BA (hons) in Politics and International Relations. I completed a MSc with a Distinction in 2019 in International Relations with a Security Studies Specialism from Canterbury Christ Church University, for which I was awarded the Jean Monnet Award for the ‘Best Dissertation Performance’. The thesis focussed on a similar area to my PhD project.
My academic experience has allowed me to work with NGOs and government entities that work on migration related issues. For instance, I have worked under the UK government and the UNHCR’s Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme, and the Afghan citizens Resettlement Scheme. I also act as a Trustee for Samphire, a charity geared towards supporting and championing migrant rights in the UK.
Thank you Kumba for this presentation. The IFF is more than happy to welcome you on board and we are very much looking forward to read more about your PhD pretty soon.