Corey Robinson is a researcher working at the intersection of international political sociology, refugee and migration studies and critical security studies. 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 International Political Sociology, Security Dialogue, and Millennium: Journal of International Studies and several innovative 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 York, Corey completed a Master’s in Political Science at University of Victoria in the interdisciplinary Cultural, Social and Political Thought Program.
Aside from academia, Corey enjoys playing drums and guitar, cooking, cycling, traveling and gardening.
Photograph by Jeremy Lewis.