Humanitarian Search and Rescue Interventions

My thesis centres on the involvement of NGOs and other humanitarian actors in Search and Rescue operations in the Mediterranean. It explores the difficult political challenges that emerge as part of NGOs’ relations with European states, private actors and migrants themselves as well as within a civil society divided by debates on migration. It asks how humanitarians have historically carried out programmes at sea and uses these insights to shine light on contemporary practices of interception, surveillance and interception. 

Imogen Dobie
Research Student