Border Security: Discourses and Practices in the UK

April 2013 – 2016
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This research explores one of the fundamental pillars on which the security of nation states and their societies is built: the territorial border. Specifically, it examines whether contemporary narratives or ‘discourses’ of UK border security, which has undergone major changes and intensifying challenges in recent years, correspond with current security practices. It does so by using a mixed-methods, multi-dimensional, multi-actor research design that looks to analyse and compare the discourses of border security in academic, public and policy arenas in the UK; to identify and understand the reality of border security; and to identify the tension inherent in border management between security and fundamental rights. Based on new empirical data, the project revisits the relation between border, territory, sovereignty and security. The outcome will be a new theorisation of border security.

Principal Investigator

Bastian Vollmer


The Leverhulme Trust