School of Social and Political Science

Cetta Mainwaring

Job Title

Senior Lecturer in International Relations

Research interests

Research interests

My research interests include migration, borders, solidarity work, and the Mediterranean. In 2022, I was awarded a UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship to research immigration detention, the way this failed policy travels internationally, and resistance to it in the UK, US, and Australia. 


I am an academic and activist. I received my DPhil in International Relations from the University of Oxford in 2012. My previous research projects include work on migrants journeys, migration solidarity work, and Malta and Cyprus as migration gatekeepers in the European Union. I joined Edinburgh University in 2023, having worked previously at the University of Glasgow and Waterloo University in Canada. 

Publications by user content

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Brigden N, Mainwaring C. Subversive knowledge in times of global political crisis: A manifesto for ethnography in the study of international relations. International Studies Perspectives. 2022 May 1;23(2):191-208. Epub 2021 Apr 14. doi: 10.1093/isp/ekab003
Kerr A (Author), Piacentini T (Author), Millar D (Author), Aksu P (Author), Mainwaring C (Author). Communities, identity and borders: What does the Kenmure Street Protest tell us about belonging to Glasgow? University of Glasgow. 2021.
Mainwaring C, DeBono D. Criminalizing solidarity: Search and rescue in a neo-colonial sea. Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space. 2021 Aug 1;39(5):1030-1048. Epub 2021 Jan 12. doi: 10.1177/2399654420979314
DeBono D, Mainwaring C. Transgressive solidarity: From Europe's cities to the Mediterranean. Nordic Journal of Migration Research. 2020 Nov 26;10(4):90-106. doi: 10.33134/njmr.360
Mainwaring C, Mulvey G, Piacentini T, Hales S, Lamb R. Migrant solidarity work in times of ‘crisis’: Glasgow and the politics of place. Nordic Journal of Migration Studies. 2020 Nov 26;10(4):74-89. doi: 10.33134/njmr.343
Mainwaring C. At the edge: Containment and the construction of Europe. In Scott-Smith T, Breeze ME, editors, Structures of Protection? : Rethinking Refugee Shelter. Berghahn Books. 2020. p. 31-44
Mainwaring C, Cook ML. Immigration detention: An Anglo model. Migration Studies. 2019 Dec 1;7(4):455-476. Epub 2018 Jun 28. doi: 10.1093/migration/mny015
Mainwaring C. At Europe's Edge: Migration and Crisis in the Mediterranean. Oxford University Press, 2019. 236 p. doi: 10.1093/oso/9780198842514.001.0001
Mainwaring C, Walton-Roberts M. Governing migration from the margins. Social and Legal Studies. 2018 Apr 1;27(2):131-141. Epub 2018 Jan 24. doi: 10.1177/0964663917749990
Mainwaring C, Walton-Roberts M. Borders, (dis)order, and exclusion: Migration governance at the margins. International Journal of Migration and Border Studies. 2018;4(1-2):1-11. Epub 2018 Jan 24.
Mainwaring C, Silverman SJ. Detention-as-spectacle. International Political Sociology. 2017 Mar 1;11(1):21-38. Epub 2016 Sept 22. doi: 10.1093/ips/olw016
Mainwaring C. Migrant agency: Negotiating borders and migration controls. Migration Studies. 2016 Nov 1;4(3):289-308. Epub 2016 Jul 21. doi: 10.1093/migration/mnw013
Mainwaring C. Transnational migration and control: Immigration detention on the edge of Europe. In Furman R, Epps D, Lamphear G, editors, Detaining the Immigrant Other: Global and Transnational Issues. Oxford University Press. 2016. p. 117-128
Mainwaring C, Brigden N. Beyond the border: Clandestine migration journeys. Geopolitics. 2016;21(2):243-262. Epub 2016 Apr 27. doi: 10.1080/14650045.2016.1165575
Brigden N, Mainwaring C. Matryoshka journeys: Im/mobility during migration. Geopolitics. 2016;21(2):407-434. Epub 2016 Mar 3. doi: 10.1080/14650045.2015.1122592
Mainwaring C. Fortifying the European Union? Immigration detention in Malta and Cyprus. In Nethery A, Silverman SJ, editors, Immigration Detention: : The migration of a policy and its human impact. 1st ed. Routledge. 2015. p. 49-58. (Routledge Series on Global Order Studies). Epub 2015 Apr 24.
Breines M, Collyer M, Lutterbeck D, Mainwaring C, Mainwaring D, Monzini P. A study on smuggling of migrants: Characteristics, responses and cooperation with third countries. Case Study 2: Ethiopia - Libya - Malta/Italy. European Commission. 2015.
Mainwaring C. Trying to transit: Irregular immigration in Malta. In Düvell F, Molodikova I, Collyer M, editors, Transit Migration in Europe. Amsterdam University Press. 2014. p. 99-124. (IMISCOE Research). doi: 10.2307/j.ctt12877m5.8
Mainwaring C. [Review of] Foundations Of International Migration Law, edited by B. Opeskin, R. Perruchoud and J. Redpath-Cross. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2012. Population, Space and Place. 2014 Jul 1;20(5). doi: 10.1002/psp.1801
Mainwaring C. Malta. In Triandafyllidou A, Gropas R, editors, European Immigration: A Sourcebook. 2nd ed. Ashgate Publishing. 2014. p. 249-260
Mainwaring C. Small states and non-material power: Creating crises and shaping migration policies in Malta, Cyprus and the European Union. Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies. 2014;12(2):103-122. Epub 2014 May 28. doi: 10.1080/15562948.2014.909076
Mainwaring C. Deported! The experience of a migration scholar. In Menozzi F, Kemal B, Mushakavanhu T, editors, Visa Stories: Experiences Between Law and Migration. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 2013. p. 65-72
Mainwaring C. Resisting distalization? Malta and Cyprus' influence on EU migration and asylum policies. Refugee Survey Quarterly. 2012 Dec;31(4):38-66. Epub 2012 Dec 3. doi: 10.1093/rsq/hds013
Mainwaring C. Constructing a crisis: The role of immigration detention in Malta. Population, Space and Place. 2012 Nov 1;18(6):687-700. Epub 2012 Jun 25. doi: 10.1002/psp.1721
Mainwaring C. In the face of revolution: The Libyan civil war and migration politics in Southern Europe. In Calleya S, Wohlfeld M, editors, Change and Opportunities in the Emerging Mediterranean. University of Malta. 2012. p. 431-451
Mainwaring C. Controlling transit migration in the Mediterranean: Malta as the EU's new gatekeeper? In Düvell F, Molodikova I, editors, Transit Migration, Transit Countries: Theories, Cases, and Politics. Logos Verlag Berlin GmbH. 2009
Mainwaring C. On the edge of exclusion: The changing nature of immigration in Cyprus and Malta. Cyprus Review. 2008;20(2):19-49.