Bastian Vollmer

Bastian Vollmer

Leverhulme Research Fellow

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Bastian Vollmer is a Leverhulme Research Fellow at COMPAS. He is a member of the Flows and Dynamics, Citizenship and Belonging, and Welfare research clusters.

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 held a research position at the Berlin Institute for Comparative Social Research where he conducted two research projects funded by the European Commission.

Selected Publications:

Vollmer, B., (2014) Policy Discourses on Irregular Migration in Germany and the United Kingdom, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

Vollmer, B. (2014) 'Enforcement' in B. Anderson & M. Keith (eds.) Migration: The COMPAS Anthology, Oxford: COMPAS.

Vollmer, B. (2014) 'Territoriality and Migration in the E.U. Neighbourhood - Spilling over the Wall', European Planning Studies, book review.
Vollmer, B. & F. Düvell (2014) 'United Kingdom' in A. Triandafyllidou & R. Gropas (Eds.) European Immigration - A Sourcebook. Aldershot: Ashgate.

Vollmer, B. (2013) 'Ukraine, migration, early 20th century to present', in Ness, I. (Ed.) The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration, New York: Wiley-Blackwell

Vollmer, B. (2012) 'Making light of borders: The case of the external EU border' in Migration Letters, Volume 9 (2): 131-140

Düvell, F. and Vollmer, B. (2011) European Security Challenges. EU-US Immigration Systems, Florence: European University Institute/Robert-Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies.

Vollmer, B. (2011) 'Policy Discourses on Irregular Migration in the EU - 'Number Games' and 'Political Games'', European Journal of Migration and Law, 13(3): 317- 39. DOI:

Düvell, F., Triandafyllidou, A. and Vollmer, B. (2010) 'Ethical Issues in Irregular Migration Research in Europe', Population, Space and Place, Volume 16 (3): 227-239.

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