Transcapes: transient populations transforming the European political space

Lead Research Organisation: Durham University
Department Name: Geography

Abstract

'Transcapes is a collective research project using what Europe's mainstream political and media discourse has framed as a refugee crisis, in order to understand wider transformations in the geopolitical body of Europe itself. Situating ourselves in the island of Lesbos, we examine the key actors on the island - humanitarian, social, political - and the contestation over fields and spaces of action opening in the midst of this emergency and the greatest population move in the continent in decades. Broadening our scope, we also look at Greece as a vector of its own contradictions and as the object of political decisions which will inevitably compromise its already weak position within the EU. In the third and largest of our cognitive concentric circles (Lesbos, Greece, the EU), we are trying to understand the crisis of Europe's own decision-making and executing mechanisms as a whole: to read through the inconsistencies and gaps in these and to follow and map out what emerges out of these transformations.'

Planned Impact

Impact Summary
The project will produce a Migration Crisis Map, while it will also focus on finding ways for its beneficiaries to participate in the knowledge production process. Our research team has already been in contact and worked closely with the main stakeholders so as to include their input in the conceptualisation and development of our original research proposal: we have done this by building on our existing networks on the ground, since the PI and the two ECO consultants are originally from Greece and have conducted most of their work in the country. The consultation process with the key beneficiaries will continue following the start of, and throughout our project in order to ensure that beneficiaries' needs and expectations are being met.

At the project's final phase (phase D, see Timetable and Workplan), the research team will conduct a series of dissemination events, including a day-long workshop in Athens (February 2017) and an end-of-project summit (April 2017), both in order to present the use of the Migration Crisis Map in the project, and its potential future uses by other researchers. The workshop will feature preliminary discussion with the Advisory Board, while the summit will bring together all partners and key beneficiaries in order to strengthen the ties and ensure their future collaboration as well as the use and further development of the map.

Publications

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Related Projects

Project Reference Relationship Related To Start End Award Value
ES/N013700/1 14/09/2015 04/09/2016 £117,604
ES/N013700/2 Transfer ES/N013700/1 05/09/2016 14/08/2017 £46,596
 
Description We have explored in-depth the European Comission's 'hotspot' approach to the migrant/refugee crisis and we have discovered that as a population management tool, it can potentially act as a blueprint much exceeding the crisis itself: in terms of the capacity it allows for international bodies (such as Frontex police etc) to act in national member-state territories.
Exploitation Route We believe that our findings on the hotspot will be of relevance to all scholars, journalists and concerned members of the public that are interested in the effect of the scaling up of state functions (such as welfare and security) to international bodies and organisations.
Sectors Government, Democracy and Justice,Security and Diplomacy

 
Description Transcapes has produced a series of in-depth reports - in the form of journal articles, online commentaries and our upcoming monograph - that have been widely disseminated and discussed beyond the usual academic circles, thereby enhancing the public debate on migration, mobility and new technologies of governance. We anticipate this impact will be further strengthened once our monograph is out: we have chosen to publish with Pluto, a well-respected publisher that crosses the academic and general public realm, while the first chapter of our monograph will be available open access - which, we anticipate, will further contribute to the impact of our findings.
First Year Of Impact 2016
Sector Government, Democracy and Justice,Security and Diplomacy
Impact Types Cultural,Societal,Policy & public services

 
Description MMRP Policy co-ordination
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
URL http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/mmrp/
 
Description Mediterranean Migration Crisis Research Programme - Co-ordination
Amount £65,000 (GBP)
Organisation Economic and Social Research Council 
Department ESRC-DFID Joint Fund
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2016 
End 05/2017
 
Description Urban Studies Foundation Seminar Series
Amount £20,000 (GBP)
Organisation Urban Studies Foundation 
Start 01/2019 
End 12/2019
 
Description Transcapes-Sociology Department University of Crete 
Organisation University of Crete
Country Greece 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Research visit to the University of Crete's newly founded Center for Research and Studies. Will lead a research seminar presenting key Transcapes funding and collaborate on future funding proposals.
Collaborator Contribution The UoC will host the Transcapes team providing workspace, library access etc for the entirety of the research visit.
Impact Multidisciplinary (sociology, human geography) collaboration that is envisaged to lead to future research funding.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Transcapes-Urban Geography Lab, University of the Aegean 
Organisation University of the Aegean
Country Greece 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Providing research and policy briefings to the staff members of the Urban Geography Lab at the University of the Aegean in Mytilene.
Collaborator Contribution Providing in-kind contribution in the form of office space &equipment plus seminar room provision.
Impact The partnership will culminate in the running of a commonly organised workshop in Mytilene in autumn 2017.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Transcapes at Dissident Island Radio 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Interview by Anna Papoutsi and Evie Papada to London radio Dissident Island.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL https://soundcloud.com/transcapes/dissident-island-radio-06-nov-2015-transcapes-interview
 
Description "Them" Refugees - What does it mean to study the refugee migrant crisis in our time? 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Durham University blog post introducing the project to the university's community and the general public.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL https://www.dur.ac.uk/geography/news/allgeognews/?itemno=26159
 
Description BBC Radio Sheffield interview 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Interview with BBC Radio Sheffield on borders and migration.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p06xl1gr
 
Description BBC Wiltshire interview 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Radio Interview with BBC Wiltshire
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL https://soundcloud.com/transcapes/transcapes-at-bbc
 
Description Transcapes Website 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Set up project website containing field updates, media-focused commentaries, short videos, photographs from the field and overviews of articles to be published.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015,2016
URL http://www.transcapes.net/