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Congratulations to Ph.D. student Michael Gordon for receiving the Joseph Armand Bombardier CGS Award from SSHRC!

Michael Gordon’s work on irregular migrant journeys and state bordering practices in Europe has received the prestigious Joseph Armand Bombardier CGS Award from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

Sep 14, 2017

Gordon examines migrant journeys within the humanitarian-security nexus framework and explores the construction and evolution of the image and imaginary of ‘illegal’ migrants, while interrogating border crossing as a form of migrant resistance to state bordering practices. This contradictory notion of the humanitarian-security nexus sees a duality in the nature of irregular migrants as victims deserving of assistance and needing to be saved, while conversely being perceived as a threat to the safety and security of the state. This process necessitates both the securitization of the individual and in turn, the enhancement of violent state bordering practices.

Gordon’s project interrogates the evolution of state contestations of migrant journeys as an effort to limit migration through bordering practices while examining the implications for irregular migrant populations. His aim is to contribute to the burgeoning literature on migrant journeys and expand the understanding and implications of state bordering practices on the lived experience of irregular migrants while challenging the way in which state policy concerning irregular populations addresses the needs of vulnerable and marginalized groups. 


Congratulations Michael Gordon and all the best in your studies!