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Assistant Professor

University of Amsterdam

Postbus 15578
1001 NB Amsterdam


I am an assistant professor in international relations and conflict resolution and governance. I specialise in the intersection of humanitarian intervention and border control and am currently researching what I term 'humanitarian borderwork' in Europe that builds on previous research into humanitarianism, border policing and the political sociologies of walls, fences and security barriers.

My work therefore broadly sits in the borderland between International Relations, Critical Security Studies and Political Geography with a regional expertise focused on the Mediterranean, specifically Greece, and the Middle East.

Geopolitics Forum and Review Editor

Principal Researcher ADMIGOV: Advancing Alternative Migration Goverance European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme grant agreement No 822625

Travaux sélectionnés


  • Polly Pallister-Wilkins (2020) 'Moria Hotspot: shelter as a politically crafted materiality of neglect' in Structures of Protection: Rethinking Refugee Shelter, Mark E Breeze and Tom Scott-Smith, ed.s. Berghahn Books.

  • Paolo Cuttitta, Jana Häberlein and Polly Pallister-Wilkins (2020) 'Various Actors: The Border Death Regime,' pp. 35-52 in Border Deaths: Causes, Dynamics and Consequences of Migration-related Mortality, Paolo Cuttitta and Tamara Last, ed.s. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.




  • Polly Pallister-Wilkins (2017) 'An interview with Polly Pallister-Wilkins: Mediterranean as a Humanitarian Border,' Meltem: Journal of the Izmir Mediterranean Academy 2: 91-96 http://www.meltemizmeda.org/YuklenenDosyalar/Dergi/210220180323_Meltem-No.2,_Sayfa_91-96.pdf.

  • Polly Pallister-Wilkins (2017) 'Humanitarian Rescue/Sovereign Capture and the policing of possible responses to violent borders,' Global Policy 8(1): 19-24.

  • Polly Pallister-Wilkins (2017) 'Humanitarian Borderwork: actors, spaces, categories' in Reece Jones, Corey Johnson, Wendy Brown, Gabriel Popescu, Polly Pallister-Wilkins, Alison Mountz and Emily Gilbert 'Interventions on the state of sovereignty at the border,' Political Geography 59: 1-10 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.polgeo.2017.02.006

  • Polly Pallister-Wilkins (2017) 'Humanitarian Borderwork' pp. 85-103 in Border Politics: Defining Spaces of Governance and Forms of Transgressions, Cengiz Günay and Nina Witjes ed.s, Springer.


  • Polly Pallister-Wilkins (2016) 'The Tensions of the Ceuta and Melilla Border Fences,' pp. 63-81 in EurAfrican Borders and Migration Management: Political Cultures, Contested Spaces and Ordinary Lives, Alice Bellagamba, Stephan Dünnwald and Paolo Gaibazzi, ed.s. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillian.

  • Michelle Pace and Polly Pallister-Wilkins (2016) 'EU-Hamas: actors in a state of permanent liminality,' Journal of International Relations and Development, DOI: 10.1057/s41268-016-0080-y.

  • Polly Pallister-Wilkins (2016) 'Personal Protective Equipment in the humanitarian governance of Ebola: between individual patient care and global biosecurity,' Third World Quarterly 37(3): 507-523, DOI: 10.1080/01436597.2015.1116935.

  • Julien Jeandesboz and Polly Pallister-Wilkins (2016) 'Crisis, routine, consolidation: the politics of the Mediterranean migration crisis,' Mediterranean Politics 21(2): 316-320, DOI: 10.1080/13629395.2016.1145825.

  • Polly Pallister-Wilkins (2016) 'Interrogating the Mediterranean 'Migration Crisis',' Mediterranean Politics 21(2): 311-315, DOI: 10.1080/13629395.2016.1145826.

  • Polly Pallister-Wilkins (2016) 'How Walls Do Work: Security Barriers as Devices of Interruption and Data Capture,' Security Dialogue 47(2): 151-164, DOI: 10.1177/0967010615615729.


  • Corinna Mullin and Polly Pallister-Wilkins (2015) 'The West Asian and North African Uprisings and the Limits of Liberal Governance,' Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding 9(2): 151-161,  DOI:10.1080/17502977.2015.1020739

  • Polly Pallister-Wilkins (2015) 'Bridging the Divide: Middle Eastern walls and fences and the spatial governance of problem populations,' Geopolitics 20(2): 438-459, DOI: 10.1080/14650045.2015.1005287

  • Polly Pallister-Wilkins (2015) 'The Humanitarian Politics of European Border Policing: Frontex and Border Police in Evros,' International Political Sociology 9(1): 53-69.


  • Julien Jeandesboz and Polly Pallister-Wilkins (2014) 'Crisis, Enforcement and Control at the EU Borders,' pp. 115-135 Crisis and Migration: Critical Perspectives, Anna Lindley ed. London: Routledge.


  • Polly Pallister-Wilkins (2011) 'The Separation Wall: A Symbol of Power and a Site of Resistance?' Antipode 43(5): 1851-1882


  • Polly Pallister-Wilkins (2010) 'Anarchists Against the Wall: A Post-Structuralist Challenge to Zionism,' pp. 213-228 in Rebels Against Zion: Studies on Jewish Left Anti-Zionists, August Grabski ed. Warsaw: Jewish Historical Institute.


  • Polly Pallister-Wilkins (2009) 'Radical Ground: Israeli and Palestinian Activists and Joint Protest Against the Wall,' Social Movement Studies 8(4): 393-407.


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