About

Corey Robinson is a Lecturer in International Relations in the School of Government and International Affairs, Durham University.

Working at the intersection of international political sociology, refugee and migration studies and critical security studies, Corey’s research examines the international politics of migration governance and border control. 

Corey holds a PhD in Political Science and a Graduate Diploma in Refugee and Migration Studies  from York University. Corey’s work has appeared in Third World Quarterly, International Political Sociology, Security Dialogue, and Millennium: Journal of International Studies and several scholarly volumes in migration studies.

Corey’s research adopts an ethnographic sensibility. It uses a range of critical methodologies, including interviews with bureaucrats in the field of border enforcement and migration control in Canada, such as the Canada Border Services Agency, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, Global Affairs Canada and the Office of the Special Advisor on Illegal Migration and Human Smuggling, as well as actors on the international stage like the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Additionally, Corey uses access-to-information requests and a variety of ‘grey literature’ (memos, briefing notes, internal reports and intelligence assessments) from federal agencies in Canada to gain a better understanding of the world of border enforcement and migration management, which is often hidden from researchers and the public.

Corey’s Ph.D. research was funded through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships Program (CGS) Doctoral Scholarships and the Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS).

Before coming to Durham University, Corey was a sessional instructor at York University and the University of Toronto.

Aside from academia, Corey enjoys playing drums and guitar, cooking, cycling, traveling and gardening.

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