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Dr. Eva Magdalena Stambøl wins the International Association for the Study of Organized Crime’s prize for best PhD dissertation

News from Nov 18, 2021

The International Association for the Study of Organized Crime is dedicated to advancing the study of organized crime and illegal enterprise. Dr. Eva Magdalena Stambøl wins the International Association for the Study of Organized Crime’s prize for her PhD titeld "EXTERNAL PROJECTION OF INTERNAL SECURITY THE EU’S EXPORT OF CRIME CONTROL TO WEST AFRICA". In her research she investigates the role of criminalization and crime control in EU-West Africa relations. 

English Summary of PhD thesis:

"This thesis investigates how Western crime control policies and models are exported to the Global South, and what the power implications are herein. More specifically, it explores crime control as European Union (EU) external policy, and the role of internal security issues in the EU’s relations with the Sahel region of West Africa. Travelling crime control is studied through various stages of empirical exploration and levels of analysis.

Empirically, the most central contributions of this thesis are broadly threefold. First, the thesis constitutes the first mapping of EU aid to crime control and internal security across regions and over a period of 15 years. Second, based on fieldwork and interviews in Senegal, Mali, Niger and Brussels, it provides in-depth empirical knowledge about the micro-politics and practices of the EU’s export of its crime control models to West Africa. Third, it empirically documents the meeting point between European crime control models and Sahelian social realities, including resistance to Eurocentric forms of control.

In terms of theory, the thesis makes contributions across Criminology and International Relations (IR): encompassing analyses of the constitutive as well as structural forms of power implicated in the EU’s export of crime control and border security to West Africa and the wider southern neighbourhood. In so doing, it simultaneously advances transnational criminological theory on the relationship between crime control/penal power and state/sovereignty." 

You can read the thesis here

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