Dr Julien Brachet

Marie Curie Fellow, IMI

Julien Brachet is a researcher at the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD – University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, France), and is currently Marie Skłodowska-Curie Senior Research Fellow at the International Migration Institute. He obtained his PhD in geography at the Sorbonne.

Julien’s research investigates patterns of mobility to and through the Central Sahara, in particular in Niger and Chad, where he did extensive fieldwork. He studies migration networks, transport systems and trade between sub-Saharan and northern Africa, with a focus on shifting strategies that allow local people to adapt to a general context marked by the growing severity of national and international migration policies. This work is part of a long-term research project on the progressive implementation of a global system of surveillance, spatial control and management of mobility in Africa. Julien is also currently working on an in-depth study of the social, economic and political organisation of a Tubu oasis in northern Chad.

He has published several articles on a wide range of issues concerning the Sahel and the Sahara, and a book: Migrations transsahariennes. Vers un désert cosmopolite et morcelé (Niger), Paris: Éditions du Croquant (2009).

Research
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Books and monographs

Brachet, Julien (2009) 'Migrations transsahariennes. Vers un desert cosmopolite et morcele (Niger)', Paris: Editions du Croquant

Journal articles and special issues

Brachet, Julien (with J Scheele) (2015) 'Fleeting Glory in a Wasteland: Wealth, Politics and Autonomy in Northern Chad', Comparative Studies in Society and History 57 (3)
Brachet, Julien (with J Scheele) (2015) 'Tourisme au Sahara Tchadien. Entre jeu politique national et indifferences locales', Cahiers d'etudes africaines LV (217) 107-31
Brachet, Julien (with J Scheele) (2015) 'Les annees ecroulees. Vestiges, developpement et autonomie a Faya-Largeau, Tchad', L'Homme 215-216 279-305
Brachet, Julien (2013) 'Sahel et Sahara: ni incontrolables, ni incontroles', Dossier du CERI 07/2013
Brachet, Julien (with V Bonnecase) (2013) 'Les 'crises saheliennes' entre perceptions locales et gestions internationales', Politique Africaine 130 5-22
Brachet, Julien (2012) 'Geography of Movement, Geography in Movement: Mobility as a Dimension of Fieldwork in Migration Research', Annales de geographie 687-8 543-60
Brachet, Julien (with A Choplin and O Pliez) (2011) 'Le Sahara entre espace de circulation et frontiere migratoire de l'Europe', Herodote (142) 163-82
Brachet, Julien (2011) 'De quelques aspects des dimensions politiques et economiques des circulations migratoires au Sahara central', L'Annee du Maghreb VII 251-60
Brachet, Julien (2009) 'Migrazioni (trans)sahariane. Territorialita e socialita dei migranti in transito nel Niger del nord', Mondi Migranti. Rivista di studi e ricerche sulle migrazioni internazionali 2009/3 31-46
Brachet, Julien (with M Blidon, A Brennetot et al) (2008) 'Quels sens et quels usages de la notion d'ethique au sein de la geographie?', Travaux et documents d'ESO 27 55-66
Brachet, Julien (2005) 'Constructions of territoriality in the Sahara: the transformation of spaces of transit', Stichproben. Vienna Journal of African Studies 8/2005 237-53
Brachet, Julien (2005) 'Perceptions de l'enclavement dans une oasis saharienne du Nord Niger', Espace Populations Societes 2005/1 99-109
Brachet, Julien (2005) 'Migrants, transporteurs et agents de l'Etat: rencontre sur l'axe Agadez-Sebha', Autrepart 36 43-62
Brachet, Julien (2004) 'Le negoce caravanier au Sahara central: histoire, evolution des pratiques et enjeux chez les Touaregs Kel Air (Niger)', Les Cahiers d'Outre-Mer 57 (226-27) 117-36

Chapters

Brachet, Julien (2013) 'Stuck in the Desert. Hampered Mobility among Transit Migrants in Northern Niger'. In J Streiff-Fenart, A Wa Kabwe-Segatti (eds) The Challenge of the Threshold. Border Closures and Migration Movements in Africa , Lanham MD: Lexington Books
Brachet, Julien (2012) 'Movements of People and Goods: Local Impacts and Dynamics of Migration to and through the Central Sahara'. In J McDougall, J Scheele (eds) Saharan Frontiers: Space and Mobility in Northwest Africa , Bloomington: Indiana University Press
Brachet, Julien (2012) 'From One Stage to the Next: Transit and Transport in (trans)Saharan Migrations'. In H de Haas, M Berriane (eds) African Migrations Research: Methodologies and Methods , Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press
Brachet, Julien (2011) 'The Blind Spot of Repression: Migration Policies and Human Survival in the Central Sahara'. In T-D Truong, D Gasper (eds) Transnational Migration and Human Security. The Migration-Development-Security Nexus , Berlin/New York: Springer
Brachet, Julien (with G De Jacquelot) (2010) 'Sahel-Saharan countries, Europe's new sentries'. European borders. Controls, detention, deportations , Paris: Migreurop
Brachet, Julien (2009) 'Des migrants en transit: sociabilites et territorialites dans le Sahara nigerien'. In L Faret, G Cortes (eds) Les circulations transnationales. Lire les turbulences migratoires contemporaines , Paris: Armand Colin
Brachet, Julien (2009) 'Irregularite et clandestinite de l'immigration au Maghreb. Cas de l'Algerie et de la Libye'. In A Bensaad (ed) Le Maghreb a l'epreuve des migrations subsahariennes. Immigration sur emigration , Paris: Karthala
Brachet, Julien (2009) 'Migration Towards and Transiting Through the Central Sahara: From International to Local Patterns and Practices'. In M Tremoliere (ed) Regional Challenges of West African Migration. African and European Perspectives , Paris: CSAO-OECD
19 Oct, 2016
'Beyond war and peace: migration management in Libya'. Julien Brachet writes for The Broker
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