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Dr Corey Robinson

Lecturer in International Relations

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Lecturer in International Relations in the School of Government and International AffairsCottage, 001+44 (0) 191 33 44862


Working at the intersection of international political sociology, refugee and migration studies and critical security studies, Corey’s research examines the international politics of migration governance and border control.

Corey holds a Ph.D. in Political Science and a Graduate Diploma in Refugee and Migration Studies from York University. With expertise in migrant smuggling, irregular migration, asylum and global migration governance, Corey's research has appeared in Third World QuarterlyInternational Political SociologySecurity DialogueMillennium: Journal of International Studies and in several scholarly volumes. Corey’s writing has also appeared in media outlets such as The New HumanitarianThe Toronto Star and The Conversation.

Corey's Ph.D. research was funded through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships Program (CGS) Doctoral Scholarships and the Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS). Before coming to Durham in 2022, Corey held teaching positions at the University of Toronto and York University and conducted research in the field of humanitarian evaluation. At Humanitarian Outcomes, Corey co-authored the Joint Evaluation of the Protection of the Rights of Refugees During the COVID-19 Pandemic, conducted under the auspices of UNHCR, the OECD and other actors as a part of the COVID-19 Global Evaluation Coalition.

Research interests

  • Migrant smuggling; irregular migration; global mgiration governance; International Organisation for Migration; border studies; securitization; externalization; International Relations; international political sociology; critical security studies

Media Contacts

Available for media contact about:

  • Citizenship, state and governance: migration
  • Politics & Society: migrant smuggling
  • Politics & Society: global migration governance


Chapter in book

  • Robinson, Corey & Watson, Scott (2021). Knowledge controversies of global migration governance: Understanding the controversy surrounding the Global Compact. In Research Handbook on the Law and Politics of Migration. Dauvergne, Catherine Edward Elgar Press. 323–339.
  • Robinson, Corey (2020). Measuring 'well-governed migration': The International Organization for Migration’s Migration Governance Indicators. In The International Organization for Migration: The New ‘UN Migration Agency’ in Critical Perspective. Geiger, Martin & Pécoud, Antoine Palgrave Macmillan. 123–143.

Journal Article