Karolína Augustová completed her PhD in Sociology and International Relations at Aston University (Birmingham, UK) with a thesis on border violence against refugees along the European Union’s border with Bosnia and Herzegovina. In 2019, she held a visiting fellowship at the Institute for Migration Studies, Lebanese American University in Beirut, Lebanon.
Her previous research, MA (Aston University, UK) and BA (Charles University, Czech Republic), focused on micropolitics in the post-Soviet and Southeastern European contexts: the risks of female homelessness in the Czech Republic, human rights of youth with disabilities in Ukrainian institutional care, and the unauthorized border crossings of male refugees along the “Balkan Route.”
Project: “Impacts of the EU's Externalization Politics on Migrants’ Mobility at the Turkey-Iran border”
This interdisciplinary research project at the nexus of international relations and sociology will explore how Turkey’s asylum and border practices, as negotiated within the European Union’s external border management, impact migrants’ everyday mobilities in Eastern Turkey. Previous scholarly findings show that Turkey, as a non-EU member country, is not only affecting but is also directly affected by bordering processes of migrants and refugees within the EU. For this reason, Turkey has been placed within the research focus of various studies investigating the EU’s externalization politics in the context of migration along its western borders with Greece. Yet, scholarly research has failed to assess how the core instruments and effects of the EU’s external border management impact migrants’ everyday decisions, practices, and relations while navigating their journeys through Turkey’s eastern borders. To address this research lacunae, this study will map how EU-Turkey cooperation impacts migration and border management along the Turkey-Iran border as well as examine migrants’ everyday mobility there. To do so, qualitative research methods will be used, including participant observation in Van and semi-structured interviews with migrants, NGOs, and EU and Turkish state authoritities.
Impacts of EU-Turkey Cooperation on Migration Along the Iran-Turkey Border
2020/21 Mercator-IPC Fellow Karolína Augustová's policy brief "Impacts of EU-Turkey Cooperation on Migration Along the Iran-Turkey Border" was published in May 2021.
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AYS Special: Being Recruited by Smugglers
2020/21 Mercator-IPC Fellow Karolina Augustova's analysis "AYS Special: Being Recruited by Smugglers" was published in Are You Syrious on January 4, 2019. Please click here to read the analysis.
AYS Special: Violent Year for Refugees at the EU Borders
2020/21 Mercator-IPC Fellow Karolina Augustova's analysis "AYS Special: Violent Year for Refugees at the EU Borders" was published in Are You Syrious on January 1, 2019. Please click here to read the analysis.
The Violent Reality of the EU border: Police Brutality in the Balkans
2020/21 Mercator-IPC Fellow Karolina Augustova, Thom Davies, Arshad Isakjee and Jelena Obradovic-Wochnik's analysis "The Violent Reality of the EU border: Police Brutality in the Balkans" was published in Open Democracy on October 23, 2018. Please click here to read the analysis.
In Squats by the Serbian Border, Young Men Trying to Enter the EU Live in Dangerous Limbo
2020/21 Mercator-IPC Fellow Karolina Augustova's analysis "In Squats by the Serbian Border, Young Men Trying to Enter the EU Live in Dangerous Limbo" was published in The Conversation on May 2018. Please click here to read the analysis.
Welcoming of the 2020/21 Mercator-IPC Fellows
We welcome our 2020/21 Mercator-IPC Fellows Ahmet Atıl Aşıcı, David Samuel Williams, Elena Dück, Jan Schierkolk, Karolína Augustová, Michael Kaeding and Özge Geyik.
Ahmet Atıl Aşıcı | The "Green New Deal for Turkey" to Tackle The Climate Crisis
David Samuel Williams | How National Adaptation Plans Can Address and Consider Vulnerable Communities
Elena Dück | International Cooperation in Education: A Cornerstone of Sustainable Foreign Policy
Jan Schierkolk | Promoting Civic Participation in EU-Turkish Municipal Cooperation
Karolína Augustová | Violent Impacts of EU's Externalization Politics on Refugees' Everyday Mobility in Turkey
Michael Kaeding | Turkey’s (Enhanced) Engagement in EU Agencies: A Potential Membership Substitute Mechanism in a Differentiated European Union
Özge Geyik | Climate Change and Nutritional Sustainability: Aligning Climate Change, Food Production and Public Health Nutrition Targets
The Welcoming of the 2020/21 Mercator-IPC Fellows
The Welcoming of the 2020/21 Mercator-IPC Fellows was held on October 19 at The Seed. The event began with welcoming remarks by Yusuf Leblebici, followed by remarks from Fuat Keyman and Michael Schwarz. The event continued with a speech by Mercator-IPC Visiting Senior Fellow Pankaj Mishra and a Q&A section moderated by Senior Scholar Senem Aydın-Düzgit. The speech was followed by a movie screening that introduced the 2020/21 Mercator-IPC Fellows Ahmet Atıl Aşıcı, David Samuel Williams, Elena Dück, Jan Schierkolk, Karolína Augustová, Michael Kaeding, and Özge Geyik.
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Please click here to watch the speech by Mercator-IPC Visiting Senior Fellow Pankaj Mishra and a Q&A section moderated by Senior Fellow Senem Aydın-Düzgit.