Lisa Borrelli

Post doctoral researcher

Lisa Marie Borrelli is a postdoctoral researcher at the HES-SO Valais-Wallis, Switzerland. She completed her Ph.D. in 2018 at the Institute of Sociology, University of Bern. Her doctoral dissertation studied ambivalent laws and emotions of street-level bureaucrats working on irregular migration in the Schengen Area. She conducted ethnographic fieldwork with police and migration authorities in Italy, Switzerland, Germany and Sweden and has further conducted ethnographic research Lithuania and Latvia. During her PhD she has been a visiting researcher at the Centre for Migration Law at Radboud University, Nijmegen, and at the Centre for the Study of International Migration at UCLA with the support of the Swiss National Science Foundation Doc.Mobility Grant (172228). She is now part of the nccr -> on the move, working within the IP 29, led by Christin Achermann and Stefanie Kurt.


       Peer-reviewed scientific journals

Borrelli, L. M. and Lindberg, A. (forthcoming). ‘Let the Right One in – On Migration Authorities’ Resistance to Research.’ Social Anthropology/Anthropologie Sociale.

Lindberg, A. and Borrelli, L. M. (2019). ‘All quiet on the Eastern Front? Controlling transit migration in Latvia and Lithuania.’ Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies JEMS. Doi: 10.1080/1369183X.2019.1575719

Borrelli, L. M. (2018). ‘Whisper down, up and between the lanes – Exclusionary policies and their limits of control in times of irregularized migration.’ Public Administration 96(4): 803-816. Doi: 10.1111/padm.12528

Borrelli, L. M. and Lindberg, A. (2018). ‘The Creativity of Coping: Alternative Tales of Moral Dilemmas among Migration Control Officers.’ International Journal of Migration and Border Studies 4(3): 163-178. Doi: 10.1504/IJMBS.2018.10013558 

Borrelli, L. M. (2018). ‘Using Ignorance as (Un)Conscious bureaucratic Strategy: Street-Level Practices and structural Influences in the Field of Migration Enforcement.’ Qualitative Studies, 5(2):  23–37. ISSN 1903-7031

Liedtke, C., Buhl, J., Speck, M., Borrelli, L. M. and Monetti, S. (2016). ‘Who are the consumers? – The need for a sustainability integrated consumer research agenda.’ Environmental Management and Sustainable Development (in print; online November 2016).  

Liedtke, C., Baedeker, C. and Borrelli, L.M. (2015). ‘A Road Map for Sustainable Production and Consumption: Trends and Responsibilities.’ Global Trends 2015. Prospects for World Society, Fischer: 283-297.  

Liedtke, C.; Baedeker, C. und Borrelli, L.M. (2015). ‘Stellschrauben für Nachhaltigkeit – Trends und Verantwortungen in Konsum und Produktion.’ Globale Trends 2015. Perspektiven für die Weltgesellschaft. Stiftung Entwicklung und Frieden: Fischer Verlag, Bonn.

Liedtke, C., Baedeker, C. and Borrelli, L.M. (2015.). ‘Transformation towards a Sustainable Society – Key Intervention Area.’ J Innovative Energy Policies, 4:118(2): 1-10. doi:10.4172/2090-5009.1000117


Peer-reviewed books, edited works

Eule, T.G., Borrelli, L. M., Lindberg, A. and Wyss, A. (2019). Migrants before the Law: Contested Migration Control in Europe. Palgrave Macmillan: London.

Borrelli, L. M. (forthcoming). Governing the Unwanted: Measuring European Migration Enforcement at Street-Level. In Adey, P.; Brickell, K.; Bowstead, J.; Desai, V.; Dolton, M.; Pinkterton, A. and Siddiqi, A. (forthcoming). The Handbook of Displacement. Palgrave Macmillan.

Borrelli, L. M., Mavin, R. and Trasciani, G. (forthcoming). ‘A Forest with many trees’ – Mapping migration governance and the dispersion of authority in Europe. In Exclusion and Inclusion in International Migration: Power, Resistance and Identity, edited by Armagan Teke Lloyd. Transnational Press London: London.


Book reviews

Borrelli, L. M. (forthcoming). Review on Carol Bohmer and Amy Shuman 2018. Political Asylum Deceptions: The Culture of Suspicion, Palgrave Macmillan: Cham, Switzerland, ISBN: 978-3-319-67403-2, 202 pp. Sociological Research Online.

Borrelli, L.M. (forthcoming). Review on Anna Tuckett 2018. Rules, Paper, Status: Migrants and Precarious Bureaucracy in Contemporary Italy, Stanford: Stanford University Press, ISBN: 9781503606500. 192 pp. Anthropology in Action.

Borrelli, L. M. (2018). Book Review: Nordic Nationalism and Penal Order: Walling the Welfare State by Vanessa Barker. 2018. Routledge: Abingdon. Reviewed in: LSE Review of Books. Available online http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/lsereviewofbooks/2018/09/10/book-review-nordic-nationalism-and-penal-order-walling-the-welfare-state-by-vanessa-barker/ 10 September 2018 (Accessed [10.09.2018]).

Borrelli, L. M. (2018). Review on MacClancy, Jeremy (ed.) 2017. Anthropology and public service. The UK experience. Oxford/New York: Berghahn. 202 pp. Hb.: US$95.00/£67.00. ISBN: 9781785334023. Social Anthropology 26(4). Doi: 10.1111/1469-8676.12580


Publications intended for the general public

Borrelli, L. M. 2019. Social Work Between a Handyman and a Humanitarian Actor? National Center of Competence in Research – The Migration-Mobility Nexus Blog. Available at: https://blog.nccr-onthemove.ch/social-work-between-a-handyman-and-a-humanitarian-actor/ (Accessed [11.02.2019]).

Borrelli, L. M. 2019. Soziale Arbeit zwischen der Ausübung von Kontrolle und humanitärer Hilfe. National Center of Competence in Research – The Migration-Mobility Nexus Blog. Available at: https://blog.nccr-onthemove.ch/soziale-arbeit-zwischen-der-ausuebung-von-kontrolle-und-humanitaerer-hilfe/?lang=de (Accessed [11.02.2019]).

Borrelli, L. M. and Carri, C. (2019). Intersektionalität als Reflexionsinstrument der Migrationssozialarbeit.  National Center of Competence in Research – The Migration-Mobility Nexus Blog. Available at: https://blog.nccr-onthemove.ch/intersektionalitat-als-reflexionsinstrument-der-migrationssozialarbeit/ (Accessed [11.02.2019]).

Eule, T. G. and Borrelli L. M. (2018). Teilnehmende Beobachtung in der Verwaltung. Über die Schwierigkeit einheitlichen Handelns in Migrationsbehörden. Terra Cognita. Schweizer Zeitschrift zu Integration und Migration, 32: 22-24.

Borrelli, L.M. (2017). ‘Leben in der Grauzone. Sans-Papiers in der Schweiz: Das tut sich.’ Wendekreis, Die Zeitschrift von Commundo: 9-11.

Lindberg, A. and Borrelli, L. M.  (2017). Let the Right One in – On Migration Authorities’ Resistance to Research. Border Criminologies Blog. Available at:

https://www.law.ox.ac.uk/research-subject-groups/centre-criminology/centreborder-criminologies/blog/2017/11/let-right-one (Accessed [12.02.2018]).

Borrelli, L.M. and Lindberg, A. (2016). Lithuania’s ‘Hotel’ with Special Guests. Border Criminologies Blog. Available at:

https://www.law.ox.ac.uk/research-subject-groups/centre-criminology/centreborder-criminologies/blog/2016/04/lithuania's (Accessed [15.02.2018]).

Blaszczyk, A., Borrelli, L.M., Jablonowski, K., Marshall, E., Mavin, R. and Montgomery, S. (2016). Urbanised migration: Rethinking the dispersal process to help us find a progressive answer to refugee arrivals. Available at:  http://www.feps-europe.eu/assets/58666475-b9d2-415d-91fa-aa5621b342e7/urbanised-migration-feps-final-with-final-amendmentspdf.pdf (Accessed [15.02.2018]). 

Blaszczyk, A., Borrelli, L.M., Jablonowski, K., Kaukko, M., Marshall, E., Montgomery, S. and Mavin, R. (2016). The right to live, learn and work in Europe: Migration Policy as an opportunity for civic inclusion. WG on migration and asylum: FEPS Young Academics Network; Available at: http://www.feps-europe.eu/en/publications/details/390 (Accessed [15.02.2018]).


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