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On International Women’s Day, remember the words of Hannah Arendt

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Today is International Women’s Day, and I want to take the opportunity to remember the wise words of Hannah Arendt, a woman who is regarded as one of the most influential political philosophers of the twentieth century. Born to a German-Jewish family in 1906, she had to flee from the Nazis when Hitler came to power in 1933. […]

Evidence to do what? Emergence of Knowledge Exchange as an Academic Practice in UK Higher Education

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Justyna Bandola-Gill The quest for usable science is one of the defining challenges for contemporary universities. One of the key drivers of this change is the rise of the so-called impact agenda, in which research funding is directly linked to the socio-economic value of produced knowledge. This change in research funding – and the financial […]

EU Integration and Policy (In)coherence towards Irregular Migration

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Irregular migration in the European Union (EU) dominates the current EU political agenda. It is also the top concern of European citizens, according to the latest Standard Eurobarometer (Spring 2019). EU member states, however, are not affected to the same degree, resulting in political friction with regard to how to deal with the challenges of […]

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Italy and Malta are not the villains of Europe’s migration crisis

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Since 2018, Italy and Malta have restricted access to their ports for NGO migrant rescue vessels. While both countries have faced criticism for this policy, it should be noted that since the 1990s, most EU member states have erected barriers along their borders to prevent irregular migration. There is, therefore, a degree of hypocrisy in […]

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The EU’s Pact on Migration and Asylum will do little to ease the pressure on southern member states

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In September 2020, the European Commission published a new ‘Pact on Migration and Asylum’ aimed at addressing the issue of irregular migration in the EU. This article argues that the proposed measures will not help alleviate migration pressure on the EU’s southern member states. On 23 September 2020, the European Commission presented its much-awaited ‘New […]

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Doctoral supervision in an international team PhD: lessons learned

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In this blog post, Chris Lord reflects on lessons from PLATO for doctoral supervision. As an international, cross-disciplinary and cross-sectoral PhD network, PLATO has created an unusual opportunity to compare supervision practice. But its innovative supervision arrangements and collaborative nature have also placed unusual demands on supervisors and PhD researchers. PLATO is an Innovative Training […]

Why EU states are converging on restrictive migration policies, despite their different political traditions

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Differing political cultures and migration traditions among EU member states have given rise to a variety of national policy approaches toward irregular migration. While in principle this diversity hinders agreement on common asylum and migration policies, EU member states are now increasingly converging toward more restrictive migration policies. National policy approaches are deeply rooted in […]

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Circumfession

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A mothers existential account through a son’s circumcision  a la Derrida’s Circumfession Derrida’s account was what a person feels when he is trying to write, being circumscribed and naked to public, the existential crisis of should I never write or write it down and be forever humiliated. But of course it was his ideas on […]

The day England turned blue

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It was in the early hours of that Friday 13 December 2019 that we learnt the results of the third general election in four years: the Tories had won a landslide, with an 80-seat majority. England had turned predominantly blue. It wasn’t so much a shock that the Tories had won – Labour was trailing […]

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Assessing the impact of Covid-19 on the EU’s response to irregular migration

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Covid-19 has once again put EU solidarity to the test. While much of the focus has been on the pandemic’s impact on healthcare and the European economy, it has also pushed states further apart on the issue of irregular migration. Prior to the Covid-19 outbreak, the issue of irregular migration had been at the top […]

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