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Dr Karolina Augustova


Department: Social Sciences

Karolina Augustova

Karolina joined the Northumbria University in September 2022 as a lecturer in International Relations, Politics and Sociology. Before that, she was an Economic and Social Science Research postdoctoral fellow at Aston University (2021/22) and an IPC-Mercator research fellow at Sabanci University in Turkey (2020/21). Her ethnographic research examines the European Union's migration externalisation in (post-)conflict zones, border violence, and human smuggling. She has conducted ethnographic research in refugee camps and borders in Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Kurdish region in Turkey.



Augustova, K. (2023). Games, Push-Backs and Everyday Violence at the Croatian-Bosnian Border. Routledge Intervention Series (In press).


Book chapters

Augustova, K. (2023). Replay of Torture across ‘Other’ Places and ‘Europe’: The Case of Migration at the Bosnian-Croatian Border. In Perocco, F. (Eds.) Torture and Migration in the World. pp 139-160. Venice: ECF.

Augustova, K. (2021) ‘I Took a Photo of the Game’: Participatory Visual Methods in Border Violence Research. In Nikielska-Sekula, K. and Dessile, A. (eds.) Visual Methods in Migration Studies: New Possibilities, Theoretical Implications, and Ethical Questions, pp 197-215. Springer Nature.


Journal publications

Augustova, K. & Suber, L. D. (2023). The Kurdish kacakci on the Iran-Turkey border: Corruption and survival as EU sponsored counter-smuggling effects. Trends in Organized Crime. Special issue edited by Sanchez, G. & Antonopoulos, G., 1-16.

Augustova, K.; Farrand-Carrapico, H.; Obradovic-Wochnik, J. (2021). Becoming a Smuggler: Migration and Violence at External EU Borders. Geopolitics, 1-22.

Isakjee, A.; Davies, T.; Obradovic-Wochnik, J.; Augustova, K. (2020) Liberal Violence and the Racial Borders of the European Union. Antipode, 52(6), 1-23.

Augustova, K. & Sapoch, J. (2020) Border Violence as Border Deterrence: Condensed Analysis of Violent Push-Backs from the Ground. Movements: Journal for Criticial Migration and Border Regime Studies, 5(1), 219-231.


Selected policy reports

Migration from Afghanistan under the Taliban: Implications and Strategies in the Neighbourhood and Europe. (December 2021), Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Afghanistan, Available from:

Impacts of EU-Turkey Cooperation on Migration along the Iran-Turkey Border. (May 2021), Istanbul Policy Centre, Available from:

‘Border Violence on The Balkan Route’ (2018) [Online], Availabe from:


Media articles and commentaries in The Guardian, Aljazeera, VICE News, Open Democracy, Conversation, Kosovotwopointzero, Culturico, Medium/Are You Syrious.

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Push and Back: the Ripple Effect of EU Border Externalisation from Croatia to Iran, Augustova, K., Farrand Carrapico, H., Obradović-Wochnik, J. 25 Feb 2023, In: Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space
  • The Kurdish kaçakçı on the Iran-Turkey border: corruption and survival as EU sponsored counter-smuggling effects, Augustova, K., Suber, D. 15 Feb 2023, In: Trends in Organized Crime
  • Becoming a Smuggler: Migration and Violence at EU External Borders, Augustova, K., Carrapico, H., Obradović-Wochnik, J. 11 Aug 2021, In: Geopolitics

  • Other Courses MA June 30 2017
  • PhD in International Relations and Sociology at Aston University

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