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Dr Karolina Follis

Dr Karolina Follis

Faculty Fellow - Security Lancaster

County South
Lancaster University
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 1524 592984
Location: B81
Office hours: No scheduled office hours in Lent term 2015. Please get in touch via email for an appointment. 


Migrancy Research Group
CILHR Centre for International Law and Human Rights
Security Lancaster

I am a political anthropologist interested in borders, citizenship and non-citizenship, human rights and new security technologies. I study the European Union, in particular its governance of justice and home affairs, including immigration and asylum. I conducted ethnographic fieldwork in Poland and Ukraine to understand the human consequences of the transformation of the border between those two countries into an external border of the EU. The outcome of this project is my book Building Fortress Europe. The Polish-Ukrainian Frontier published by University of Pennsylvania Press in 2012. My current research follows up on these interests, encompassing projects which concern maritime migration across the Mediterranean, accounting for human rights breaches in Europe, and digital rebordering and cybersecurity.

PhD Supervision Interests

Border and migration policy, critical migration studies, human rights, citizenship and non-citizenship in the European Union, securitization and the governance of borders.

Current Teaching

PPR224 The Politics of the European Union

PPR341 Contemporary Issues in Human Rights

Office Hours

No scheduled office hours in Lent term 2015. Please get in touch via email for an appointment. 


Responsibility, emergency, blame: reporting on migrant deaths on the Mediterranean in the Council of Europe

Follis, K. 2015 In: Journal of Human Rights. 14, 1, p. 41-62 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article


The doors are open to us: on parliamentary inquiries and the plight of Europe’s migrants

Follis, K. 26/05/2014

Research output: Non-textual formWeb publication/site

The politics of life at sea: a note on sources

Follis, K. 3/03/2014

Research output: Other contribution


Socio-Legal Integration: Polish Post-2004 EU Enlargement Migrants in the United Kingdom by Agnieszka Kubal

Follis, K. 2013 In: Slavic Review. 72, 3, p. 625-626 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review


Building fortress Europe: the Polish-Ukrainian frontier

Follis, K. 2012 Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press. 284 p. (Democracy, Citizenship and Constitutionalism )

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook


For a critical anthropology of restoration: ethical currents

Follis, K. 10/2011 Anthropology News, 52, 7, p. 20-21 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

What is an economic migrant?: Europe’s new borders and the politics of classification

Follis, K. 2011 Citizenship, borders and human needs. Smith, R. M. (ed.). Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, p. 115-131 17 p. (Democracy, citizenship, and constitutionalism)

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

The awkward divide: paradoxes on transnationality on the Polish-Ukrainian border

Follis, K. 2011 Transnational Europe: problems, paradox, limits. DeBardeleben, J. & Hurrelmann, A. (eds.). Basingstoke: Palgrave, p. 239-256 18 p. (Palgrave studies in European Union politics)

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter


Are the European Union’s new borders like the Iron Curtain?: 1989, borders and freedom of movement in Poland and Ukraine

Follis, K. 09/2009 In: International Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society. 22, 3, p. 385-400 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article


Repossession: Notes on Restoration and Redemption in Ukrainian-Polish Borderlands

Follis, K. 12/05/2008 In: Cultural Anthropology. 23, 2, p. 329-360 32 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

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