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IBRU: Centre for Borders Research


Phil Steinberg

Professor Philip E Steinberg


Phil Steinberg joined IBRU in September 2013 as Director. He has written extensively on the history of the law of the sea and its development in the context of regional and global uses and perceptions of maritime space. Phil has published widely on this topic and in related areas of communications law and Polar politics, with research being funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation, the European Commission, and the International Council for Canadian Studies. He has authored six books and over fifty journal publications and book chapters, including most recently, journal publications in Polar Record and Ocean Development & International Law, book chapters in Polar Geopolitics? Knowledge, Resources, and Legal Regimes and International Relations and the Arctic: Understanding Policy and Governance, and the book Contesting the Arctic: Politics and Imaginaries in the Circumpolar North. Phil hold a PhD in Geography from Clark University and is presently Associate Editor of the journal Political Geography.

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Kate Coddington

Dr Kate Coddington

Research Associate

Kate received her PhD in Geography from Syracuse University in 2014. Her dissertation research focused on approaches to public policy dealing with migrants and postcolonial governance that influence processes of bordering, national identity, citizenship, and belonging. In her dissertation project, she examined the consequences of policies of enclosure for two populations in Australia's Northern Territory: asylum seekers experiencing mandatory detention and Aboriginal populations restricted under the terms of the 2007 Northern Territory Emergency Response legislation. This project also draws from research she has conducted on migrant detention in Australia and Indonesia as part of the multi-year, collaborative Island Detention Project (PI Alison Mountz) supported by the National Science Foundation. Goals for the collaborative project include mapping migrant movements as well as corresponding state enforcement practices.

Publications include: Countering isolation with use of technology: how asylum-seeking detainees on islands in the Indian Ocean use social media to transcend their confinement. (2014), Journal of the Indian Ocean Region.with A. Mountz, Embodied Possibilities, Sovereign Geographies, and Island Detention: Negotiating the ‘right to have rights’ on Guam, Lampedusa, and Christmas Island. (2012) SHIMA: The International Journal of Research into Island Cultures, 6(2): 27-48. (with R. T. Catania, J. Loyd, E. Mitchell-Eaton, and A. Mountz), Conceptualizing detention: mobility, containment, bordering, and exclusion. (2012), Progress in Human Geography, 37(4): 522-541.(with Mountz, AJ. Loyd, and R. T. Catania.) and Spectral geographies: haunting and everyday state practices in colonial and present-day Alaska. (2011), Social & Cultural Geography, 12(7): 743-756.

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Liz Kennedy

Liz Kennedy

External Relations & Marketing Manager

Liz coordinates IBRU's international activities, including conferences and training workshops. She is the main point of contact for visitors and new business enquiries and is responsible for all IBRU comunications and website activities

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Jane Hogg

Jane Hogg


Jane Hogg is IBRU's office administrator and the main point of contact for financial and publications enquiries.

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Steering Comittee

IBRU's Steering committee consists of:

Louise Amoore (Geography)

Gavin Bridge (Geography)

Henry Jones (Law)

Aoife O'Donoghue (Law)