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Christina Oelgemoller

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Lecturer in International Relations


I joined Loughborough University in September 2013 as Lecturer in International Relations. Prior to this I was in the School of Global Studies at the University of Sussex during which time I was awarded my DPhil. My doctoral work is an interdisciplinary study in Geography and International Relations entitled ‘Migration Management: the radical violence of the international politics of migration’. In this work, questions are asked about the construction of the migrant as a particular political subject framed in the context of changes in the doctrine formation of international migration since the 1980s. Migration Management raises important questions about normative violence, governance and ethics.

I have a multi-disciplinary background with degrees in Social Policy, Politics and Law; Intercultural Work, Human Rights and Conflict Management; and Research Methods awarded by Universities in both Germany and the UK. Outside of academia I have worked for several years in organisations relevant to the social sciences including the UNHCR Branch office in Berlin and an INGO in Geneva .

My research is driven by questions about statecraft, democracy and ethics. I have two specific areas of research interest:

1. Constructions of political subjectivity and equality

  1. in particular changes in thinking and policy-making vis-à-vis international migration; and
  2. within the context of use of new technologies, governance and violence.

2. Doctrine formation in international multilateralism and diplomacy

  1. in particular changes in multilateralism  of the international community and governance approaches by the Global North directed at the Global South framed by a radical democracy approach; and
  2. post conflict reconstruction; critical Human Rights and humanitarianism.

My research on governance, migration, missing persons and war is geopolitical in character and draws upon Critical International Theory for example through reading scholars such as Hannah Arendt, Jacques Rancière, Judith Butler, Ernesto Laclau and  Michel Foucault.

Since 2005 I have also participated in several large research projects which included international academic as well as non-academic partners. These projects broadly fall into research areas covering development studies, and more concretely the development of public policy on migration and poverty, especially in the Global South.

I teach predominantly in International Relations, but also in Geography. I teach both at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

At postgraduate level I currently convene courses including Philosophical Foundations of Social Science Research, Research Design, and International Politics: Issues and Policies.

I’m actively involved in and enjoy being a supervisor to students at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Areas of Doctoral and Postgraduate Supervision

I welcome research proposals from students in the following areas:

  • Geopolitics of Critical Migration and Border Studies;
  • Conflict and Post-conflict reconstruction which asks critical questions about normative violence and/or statecraft;
  • Contemporary international relations theory, especially post-structuralist and post-anarchist theories, critical Human Rights approaches and ethics.

Research supervision

Thanachate Wisaijorn (PhD, since 2015) provisional title: River/land Border Practices: Non-Global North Everyday Lives across the Thai-Lao Mekong Border

James Ellison (PhD, since 2016) provisional title: On the boundaries of the state: visual representations of border violence in Calais, France

The Evolution of Migration Management in the Global North

2017 – Routledge

By Christina Oelgemöller

The Evolution of Migration Management in the Global North explores how the radically violent migration management paradigm that dominates today's international migration has been assembled. Drawing on unique archive material, it shows how a forum of diplomats and civil servants constructed the 'transit country' as a site in which the illegal migrant became the main actor to be vilified. Policy-makers are divided between those who oppose migration, and those who support it, so long as it is properly managed. Any other position is generally seen at best as utopian.

Read more about the book on the Routledge site >>

The Evolution of Migration Management in the Global North


Peer-reviewed Articles

  • Oelgemöller, Christina (accepted, 2016) International Migration: Transit space - creative space? Int. J. of Migration and Border Studies
  • Oelgemöller, Christina (2011) Informal Plurilateralism: The Impossibility of Multilateralism in the Steering of Migration The British Journal of Politics and International Relations Vol 13 p110-126
  • Oelgemöller, Christina (2010) Transit and Suspension: Migration Management or the Metamorphosis of Asylum Seekers into 'Illegal' Immigrants Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies Vol 37 p407-424