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Marija Petrovska

GEM-DIAMOND doctoral fellow

ESR 12 – Contesting European border regimes: challenging and remaking EU migration governance

A researcher invested in understanding the nature / control of borders and externalization policies.

Host Institutions

Delineating the roles of non-state actors in building legitimacy for and implementing
a transnational border surveillance apparatus in the Balkans


  • Luiza Bialasiewicz
  • Julien Jeandesboz

Research Question(s)

Main Question:
how do non-state actors, as key stakeholders, contribute to the expansion of the border externalisation policies in the Balkans

Selected Case Studies

I will look at the role of non-state actors in the Western Balkans (particularly their role in Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Macedonia).
I am a joint PhD candidate in International Relations and European Studies at the University of Amsterdam and Université libre de Bruxelles, under the co-supervision of Luiza Bialasiewicz (UVA) and Julien Jeandesboz (ULB).

Prior to this doctorate, I completed a Master's degree in Journalism at Monash University, in which I received the Faculty of Arts award for the highest academic achievement in the cohort. My MA thesis: ‘Exploring the Evolving Relationship Between Aid Organizations and the Elite Press in the Context of Migration Reporting’, interrogated the central role aid organizations play as news sources and their capacity to define critical issues of mobility and migration.