New challenges post MSc: my first ‘Idea Hack’

By Nick Robinson A few weeks back (October 28th) I was fortunate enough to take part in my first ‘event’ following the completion of my MSc, as I ventured to Bethnal Green Road in east London – the location of a 3-day Idea Hack, organised by IDENTIT.EE, and centred around e-Residency (the focus of my…

The Great Hedge of India

By Oliver Dixon. Ollie is a Durham graduate currently studying for an MSc in Geopolitics and Security. He studies issues of conflict analysis, terrorism, and defence policy. He reads widely on these and broader issues of security in both Sub-Saharan Africa and southern Asia.  British colonial history tells many remarkable tales, none more so than…

Aeromobilities and ‘airspace productions’ in Singapore

My research looks at aeromobilities issues and ‘airspace productions’ in Singapore. One of the things I emphasize is the need to take into account the viewpoints of particular nation-states when studying air transport. Indeed, civil aviation is an intensely nationalist affair, and is frequently articulated in statist logics as well. This is where it can…

Beyond Walls and Cages

In my inbox was an advert for an interesting new book ‘Beyond Walls and Cages: prisons, borders and global crises’ edited by Jenna M. Lloyd, Matt Michelson, and Andrew Burridge, published by University of Georgia Press. According to the blurb BEYOND WALLS AND CAGES challenges the idea that borders and prisons create safety, security, and order.…

Border Crossing – Part IV

[Originally authored 2 May 2012] In yet another instance of the reality diverging from what’s purported to be an orderly, linear process, the two e-mails promised by the UKBA, informing me of the progress of my application as it advanced through the process never arrived (see my previous post).   The Border Agency seems to have…

Border Crossing – Part III

[Originally authored 27 April 2012] Having sent my application to the British Consulate in New York on the evening of Thursday, 26 April (yesterday), I now have little to do but wait.  This morning, I received an e-mail from the US Postal Service informing me that the package had been delivered to the Consulate at…

Borders, Walls, Refusal

Reece Jones has just published a fascinating looking paper in Annals of the Association of American Geographers, drawing on his work on the securitization of the border between India and Bangladesh. It looks like some of this material will be published in a book he has coming out later this year with Zed, titled Border…