About

Corey Robinson is a researcher working at the intersection of international political sociology, forced migration studies and critical security studies. He holds a PhD in Political Science and a Graduate Diploma in Forced Migration and Refugee Studies from York University. His work has appeared in International Political Sociology, Security Dialogue, and Millennium: Journal of International Studies.

Corey uses innovative methods in his research, including interviews with bureaucrats, experts and security professionals in the field of border and migration management in Canada, such as 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, such as 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 how governmental actors do the work of governing migration in practice.

His doctoral research has been 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). At York, he is also completing a Graduate Diploma in Refugee and Migration Studies at the Centre for Refugee Studies (CRS). During his time as the Co-Chair of the CRS Student Caucus, Corey organized the conference Bordering on Crisis: Citizenship, Borders and Forced Displacement, featuring keynote speaker Professor Nevzat Soguk, from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, with funding from the Trudeau Foundation.

Before coming to York, Corey completed his Master’s in Political Science at University of Victoria in the interdisciplinary Cultural, Social and Political Thought Program under the supervision of Professor Scott Watson and James Tully. His Master’s thesis, which received the Best Master’s Thesis Award from the British Columbia Political Studies Association, was funded by the SSHRC CGS Master’s Scholarship.

Aside from academia, in his spare time, Corey enjoys playing drums and guitar, cooking, cycling, traveling and gardening.

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