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 Economic and Social Research Council’s “Mediterranean Migration Research Programme” at the University of Warwick. Nina Perkowski studied at the Universiteit Maastricht, University of California in Berkeley , and at the University of Oxford. She obtained her PhD from the University of Edinburgh.

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In her research, Nina Perkowski brings together insights from critical security studies, the sociology of policing, and international political sociology. In particular, she focuses on how borders are drawn, contested and navigated within and around European societies, critically examining the interplay of border security and border violence in different contexts. Her research has been published in international peer-reviewed journals such as "Security Dialogue", "Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies" and "Journal of Common Market Studies". Currently, she is completing her monograph „Humanitarianism, Human Rights, and Security: The Case of Frontex“ for Routledge’s Interventions series. A further monograph “Reclaiming migration: voices from Europe’s ‘migrant crisis’”, written in collaboration with Vicki Squire, Nick Vaughan-Williams, and Dallal Stevens, will be published by Manchester University Press in 2020.



Selected Publications

  • Squire, Vicki, Nina Perkowski, Dallal Stevens, Nick Vaughan-Williams. 2021.
    Reclaiming migration: Voices from Europe's 'migrant crisis'.
    Manchester: Manchester University Press.
  • Perkowski, Nina. 2021.
    Humanitarianism, Human Rights, and Security. The Case of Frontex.
    Interventions. London: Routledge.
  • Perkowski, Nina. 2019.
    ‘There Are Voices in Every Direction’: Organizational Decoupling in Frontex.
    Journal for Common Market Studies 57 (5): 1182-1199. DOI: 10.1111/jcms.12897.
  • Perkowski, Nina, Vicki Squire. 2019.
    The anti-policy of European anti-smuggling as a site of contestation in the Mediterranean migration ‘crisis’.
    Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 45 (12): 2167-2184. DOI: 10.1080/1369183X.2018.1468315.
  • Perkowski, Nina. 2018.
    Frontex and the Convergence of Humanitarianism, Human Rights and Security.
    Security Dialogue 49 (6): 457-475. DOI: 10.1177/0967010618796670.