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Changing border regimes in European Union and the US

Research conducted by Lena Laube

This project continues research that I have started in 2007 in the course of my dissertation (received PhD in 2012) on border and asylum policies in the European Union and the US.

The empirical studies are based on data collected by the DFG-funded project "From Container to Open State? Border Regime Change and Personality "of the SFB 597 of the University of Bremen between 2008-2012.

Current topics and research questions:

  • What are the principal opportunities and risks of the EU member states strategy to externalie border controls (e.g. delegation to other states or private actors)?
  • How do border regimes incorporate the paradigme of full political inclusion characteristic of modern societies?
  • What is the role of liberal cosmopolitcan norms on border and admission policies in developed democracies? What is the role of religion in the design of border regimes?
  • How does a changing visa policy of the EU member states impact on their asylum policies over time?
  • How do states make sure that the states they cooperate with in terms of mobility control comply with their rules and interests?


  • Laube, Lena (2019): The Relational Dimension of Externalizing Border Control: Selective Visa Policies in Migration and Border Diplomacy. In: Comparative Migration Studies 7(29): 1-22. doi: 10.1186/s40878-019-0130-x
  • Lena Laube (2017) 'Asyl fängt ja erst an, wenn er [der Flüchtling] wirklich hier ist.' Der Wandel europäischer Visapolitik und seine Implikationen für den Zugang zu Asylverfahren in der EU. In: Christian Lahusen und Stephanie Schneider (eds.) Asyl verwalten. Theoretische Perspektiven und empirische Befunde zur bürokratischen Bearbeitung eines gesellschaftlichen Problems. Bielefeld: transcript, 55-78.
  • Lena Laube / Richard Heidler (2016): Democratic Centre, Autocratic Isolates. The Changing Field of International Visa Policies. In: Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 42(15): 2548-2572.
  • Lena Laube/ Andreas Müller (2016): Extra-territorial Migration Control from a Principal-Agent Perspective. Actors, Mechanism and Delegation Costs. In Bettina Bruns, Dorit Happ und Helga Zirchner (eds.) European Neighbourhood Policy. Geopolitics between Integration and Security. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 47-69.
  • Lena Laube / Andreas Müller (2015): Warum die Kontrolle abgeben? Die Delegation von Migrationskontrolle aus der Prinzipal-Agent-Perspektive. In: Berliner Journal für Soziologie 25(3): 255-281.
  • Lena Laube (2015): Postsouveräne Räume: Makroterritorien und die Exterritorialisierung der europäischen Grenzpolitik. In: Ulrike Jureit und Nikola Tietze (eds.) Postsouveräne Territorialität. Die Europäische Union und ihr Raum. Hamburg: Hamburger Edition, 169-190.
  • Christof Roos / Lena Laube (2014): Liberal Cosmopolitan Norms and the Border: Local Actors' Critique on the Governance of Global Processes, in: Ethnicities 15 (3): 341-361.
  • Lena Laube (2014): Exterritoriale Grenzpolitik als Moment transnationaler Öffentlichkeit. In: Caroline Schmitt und Asta Vonderau (eds.) Transnationalität und Öffentlichkeit. Interdisziplinäre Perspektiven. Bielefeld: transcript, 113-141.
  • Lena Laube (2013): Grenzkontrollen jenseits nationaler Territorien. Die Steuerung globaler Mobilität durch liberale Staaten. Erschienen in der Reihe: Staatlichkeit im Wandel. Frankfurt a.M: Campus.
  • Steffen Mau/ Heike Brabandt/ Lena Laube/ Christof Roos (2012): Liberal States and the Freedom of Movement: Selective Borders, Unequal Mobility.  Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. 
  • Lena Laube / Christof Roos (2010): A Border for the People? Narratives on Changing Eastern Borders in Finland and Austria, in: Journal of Borderlands Studies 25, (3&4): 31-49.
  • Lena Laube (2010): Systematische und punktuelle Grenzkontrollen in und um Österreich, in: Welttrends. Zeitschrift für Internationale Politik 71: 35-46.
  • Steffen Mau/Lena Laube/Christof Roos/Sonja Wrobel (2008): Grenzen in der globalisierten Welt. Selektivität, Internationalisierung, Exterritorialisierung. In: Leviathan. Berliner Zeitschrift für Sozialwissenschaft 36 (1): 123-148.
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