Dr Anna Papoutsi

Dr Anna Papoutsi

Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology
Research Fellow

Contact details

School of Social Policy
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Anna Papoutsi is an interdisciplinary scholar working at the intersection of border studies, migration, urban studies and social policy. Her expertise lies in conducting qualitative critical research on borders, migration and human mobility, through an urban lens and a focus on the micro-level, the local, the neighbourhood, the community.

Her PhD work focused on the impact of the 2015 border crisis on the city of Athens, its institutions, public space and social movements. It explored the new spatialities carved out by migrants, focusing on how their schooling, squatting and spontaneous everyday activities sought to grapple with the novel normative requirements of EU’s encampment strategies and border policies.

Additionally, she has conducted extensive research in landing sites and camps on Lesbos and in Athens, investigating the new governance strategies and tools developed by the European Commission, their everyday implementation and impact on the spaces and lives of migrants and local communities.


  • PhD in Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology, University of Birmingham
  • MA in Geography, King’s College London
  • MSc in Science and Technology Studies, SPRU – Sussex
  • BA in Philosophy of Science, University of Athens


Research interests:

  • Border studies
  • Migration
  • Urban Studies
  • Mobilities
  • Temporality


Papoutsi, A. (2021 forthcoming) Assembling the camp: geographies of abandonment and resistance in Athens since 2015, Political Geography

Vradis, A., Papada, E., Papoutsi, A., Painter, J. (eds), (2020) Governing mobility in times of crisis: practicing the border and embodying resistance in and beyond the hotspot infrastructure [Special Issue]. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 38(6). 

Gonzales, R., Sigona, N., Franco, M. and Papoutsi A. (2019) Undocumented Migration: Borders, Immigration Enforcement and Belonging. Cambridge: Polity Press. 

Papada, E., Papoutsi, A. Painter J. and Vradis A. (2019) Pop-up governance: Transforming the management of migrant populations through humanitarian and security practices in Lesbos, Greece, 2015–2017, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 38(6): 1-18. 

Vradis, A., Painter, J., Papada E. and Papoutsi A. (2018) New Borders: Hotspots and the European Migration Regime. London: Pluto Press. 

Papoutsi, A., Painter, J., Papada, E. and Vradis A. (2018) The EC hotspot approach in Greece: creating liminal EU territory, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 45(12): 2200-2212. 

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): 321-325.