Glasgow Caledonian University has become one of the largest universities in Scotland with nearly 17,000 students; a forward-looking university committed to support audacious research and education to serve the common good. It is located in a city historically at crossroads where boundaries have been fluid and are still constantly re-defined. The University is made up of three academic schools in the areas of social sciences, health and science and technology. These schools contain state-of-the-art laboratories and a number of renowned centres of excellence. GCU’s strong commitment to increasing access to study and lifelong learning is illustrated by the fact that the University has over 4,000 mature students and the largest number of part-time students in Scotland.

Within GCU, the Institute for Society and Social Justice Research and Glasgow School for Business and Society will host this project. The Institute and the School draw on expertise across the University, particularly in sociology, risk, criminology, law, politics, public policy. Immigration, social justice, and urban and local governance are core themes of the thematic research reflecting on social diversity, integration, and multi-disciplinary inquiry. In the project, GCU will take lead in WP 2 “Border management and migration controls” (together with participant no 3, UGOE), and WP 6 “Conflicting Europeanisation”(together with participant no 10 OEAW). GCU will furthermore be responsible for gathering of comparative data in the UK.

Umut Korkut | Principal Investigator – GCU

Reader at Glasgow School for Business and Society at Glasgow Caledonian University. Previously, he was Research Fellow in the School for Politics and International Relations at the University College Dublin (2007-10). He completed his DPhil (magna cum laude) at Central European University in Budapest (2004). In 2009, he was awarded Associate Professorship by the Turkish Higher Education Council. Since 2007, he has carried professional service and international roles for Political Studies Association as convenor of Comparative European Politics Specialist Group. In 2016, he was appointed as a Trustee for the Executive Committee of PSA. Dr Korkut has international and national reputation first in European politics, with specialisation in East European and Turkish politics; second in migration and forced migration with specialisation in East Mediterranean and Eastern Europe; and third in religion, gender and politics.


Lena Karamanidou

Senior researcher in RESPOND project based in the School for Business and Society, Glasgow Caledonian University. She obtained her PhD on the discursive legitimation of asylum policy from City University London. Her research interests include migration and asylum policies and politics in the European Union and Greece, political discourses on migration, and policy responses to the refugee crisis. Her work has been published in the journals Ethnic and Racial Studies, Acta Politica and Journal of Refugee Studies, and in the edited volumes Discursive Governance in Politics, Policy, and the Public Sphere and The Securitisation of migration in the EU: Debates since 9/11. She is contributing to the Greek case study to the Migration working package of the Horizon 2020 project GLOBUS and researching (with Dr Katharina Sarter) the use of the public procurement mechanism for providing services to asylum seekers in the context of the refugee crisis.


Simone Baglioni

Holds a Chair in Political Science at Glasgow Caledonian University. He has studied political science and sociology at the University of Florence and at Sciences Po Paris, and holds a PhD in political science from the University of Geneva. Prof. Baglioni has co-led a large UN funded research project investigating the secondary movements of Somali refugees and asylum seekers and has studied practices of transnationalism among immigrants. He is currently a principal investigator in the Horizon 2020 projects TRANSSOL and FAB-MOVE. He serves as an expert and evaluator of research projects for various bodies, including the European Commission, the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC, UK), the Belgian Research Council, and the Austrian Science Fund.

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Daniel Gyollai

I am a PhD student at Glasgow Caledonian University. My PhD project focuses on the role of agency in the securitisation of migration, taking policing in Hungary as a case study. My dissertation looks into how securitisation affects the enactment of border and migration control policies. Specifically, the dissertation analyses how police officers involved in border and migration control make sense of securitising political narratives. I am a former police officer and earned my master’s degree in Criminology and Forensic Psychology at Middlesex University London. Prior to joining GCU I interned for the UN Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials in Cambodia. My latest article is “Controlling Irregular Migration: International Human Rights Standards and the Hungarian Legal Framework” in 2018 with European Journal of Criminology.


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