Nina Perkowski has worked as a Researcher at the IFSH since September 2019. Before, she was a Lecturer at the Chair of Criminology at the University of Hamburg, where she also coordinated the Erasmus Mundus PhD programme DCGC. From 2015 until 2017 she worked as a Research Fellow in the project Crossing the Mediterranean Sea by Boat and as Research Coordinator of the ESRC’s Mediterranean Migration Research Programme at the University of Warwick. Nina Perkowski studied Liberal Arts, Peace Studies, and Refugee Studies at the Universiteit Maastricht, UC Berkeley, and the University of Oxford. She obtained her PhD in Politics titled “Humanitarianism, Human Rights, and Security in EUropean Border Governance: The Case of Frontex” from the University of Edinburgh in 2016.

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In her research, Nina Perkowski focuses on how borders are drawn, contested and navigated within and around European societies. She has a particular interest in the interactions of and struggles over logics of humanitarianism, human rights, and security in EU border governance, as well as in police cooperation on matters related to migration and mobility in and beyond Europe. In her doctoral work, Nina Perkowski conducted research on the EU border management agency Frontex. More recently, she was part of a project analyzing European migration and border management policies from the perspectives of those whom they most directly impact: people on the move themselves.