Bastian Vollmer Research Affiliate & Former Staff


Bastian Vollmer is a Leverhulme Fellow at COMPAS. His main research interests are migration processes (particularly irregular and transit migration); control mechanisms and securitization regimes of migration; border theory; discourse theory and discourse analysis.

He was educated at Cambridge University and at the University of Amsterdam. He has an MPhil in International Relations and a PhD in Social Sciences. In the past, he has worked on several EU-funded research projects such as Clandestino and the EUMAGINE project. He is a member of the influential Council for Migration (Rat für Migration) in Germany.

List of selected publications


CitizenshipEnforcementEuropean UnionIllegalityPoliciesPoliticsPublic Opinion


Book Chapters

Journal Articles

Special Issues


EUMAGINE: Perceptions, Imaginations, Life-Satisfaction and Sociodemography: The Case of Ukraine

Franck Düvell,Bastian Vollmer, Yuriy Bilan, Yulia Borshchevska, Iryna Lapshyna, Svitlana Vdovtsova

European Security Challenges. EU-US Immigration Systems

Franck Düvell and Bastian Vollmer

EUMAGINE: Ukraine: Country and Research Areas Report

Bastian Vollmer, Yuriy Bilan, Iryna Lapshyna, Svitlana Vdovtsova

Clandestino: Ethical Issues in Irregular Migration Research

Franck Düvell, Bastian Vollmer, Anna Triandafyllidou

Other Publications


Border Security: Discourses and Practices in the UK

Bastian Vollmer | April 2013 – ongoing

Fundamental rights situation of irregular immigrants in the European Union (FRIM)

Franck Düvell and Bastian Vollmer | December 2009 – March 2011