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Research interests

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., Carrapico, H. & Obradovic-Wochnik, J. (2023). Push and Back: The Ripple Effect of EU Externalisation from Croatia to Iran. Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space, 1-19.

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: https://afghanistan.fes.de/e/migration-from-afghanistan-under-the-taliban

Impacts of EU-Turkey Cooperation on Migration along the Iran-Turkey Border. (May 2021), Istanbul Policy Centre, Available from: https://ipc.sabanciuniv.edu/Content/Images/CKeditorImages/20210503-21054423.pdf

‘Border Violence on The Balkan Route’ (2018) [Online], Availabe from: http://www.nonamekitchen.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Finished-Border-Violence-on-the-Balkan-Route.pdf


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

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Other Courses, MA

30 Jun 201731 Dec 2099

Award Date: 30 Jun 2017


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