Anna Papoutsi

EU’s everyday bordering: governing the unwanted

Supervisors: Dr Nando Sigona, Dr Adam Ramadan

Drawing on critical border studies, the sociology and geography of migration, this project looks at the multifarious new ways and places that the European borders are materialised today. In particular, the study seeks to challenge the view of the border as a solid infrastructure, a wall that separates a safe and orderly inside from a dangerous and disorderly outside and to further elaborate the concept of mobility as a bordering practice in everyday settings within the European territory. It explores the hierarchy of mobilities that the state produces through the control over time and the creation of temporal vacuums and altered geographies for migrants. Additionally, through interrogating the lived experiences of temporality and space of both people in transit and locals, the project can contribute a more nuanced understanding of journeys and trajectories that move beyond linear representations of time and space and instead become a process in which power and agency interact and produce meaning. This will help rethink the construction of the complex EU bordering through new mobilities rather than solid infrastructure, and its changing significance for those who are faced with it but also for the populations living within its confines.


  • MA Geography (King’s College London)
  • MSc Science and Technology Studies (SPRU – Sussex)
  • BA Philosophy of Science (University of Athens)

Research interests

  • Border studies
  • Migration
  • Mobilities
  • Temporality


Christodoulou, Y, Papada, E, Papoutsi, A and Vradis A, (2016) Crisis or Zemblanity? Viewing the “Migration Crisis” through a Greek Lens. Mediterranean Politics, 21(2).

Painter, J, Papoutsi, A, Papada, E and Vradis, A, (2016) Flags Flying up a Trial Mast: Reflections on the Hotspot Mechanism in Mytilene, Society and Space.