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Congratulations to PhD Candidate Michael Gordon for receiving the Mitacs Globalink Research Award

Michael Gordon’s work on humanitarian sea rescue and state bordering practices in Europe has received the Mitacs Globalink Research Award

Jan 23, 2019

PhD Candidate Michael Gordon has been awarded the Mitacs Globalink Research Award. Michael is studying at the University of Warwick in Coventry, England and working under the supervision of Dr. Vicki Squire. The Mitacs Globalink Research Award provides financial support to students engaging in research projects at research institutions abroad. Michael has also received the SSHRC Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement in support of his research.

As part of the research fellowship, Michael will be conducting research on humanitarian sea rescue in the Mediterranean. His dissertation project looks at the complex interactions of bordering and humanitarianism as it intersects with the governmentality and securitization of migration control. In doing so, he explores how the sea is represented as a humanitarian space, (re)defined by the acuteness of saving lives in situations of grievous distress. He also examines the role, relationship and interactions of the European Union (EU) and sea rescue Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in the region in light of the increasing criminalization of rescue and humanitarianism. Finally, his dissertation interrogates how the humanitarian border (Walters, 2011) is (re)produced by state and non-state actors through sea rescue missions in the Mediterranean. Understanding of the trends and patterns in state and non-state responses migrant mobility, the fragmented nature of their journeys, and global bordering processes that affect those at the literal and figurative margins of the state provides a deeper understanding of borders as sites of struggle, resistance, contestation and agency.