Dear MobPolis,

I’m happy to be given the opportunity to introduce myself to the Collective: my name is Tilmann Scherf (*1987) and I will be joining the Department of Political Science at Carleton University as visiting researcher from March 1 – April 28, 2017. I work as research associate at the Collaborative Research Center (SFB) 700 “Governance in Areas of Limited Statehood” of Free University Berlin, where I am currently writing my PhD thesis on international border security governance in West Africa.

In my research, I am particularly interested in how international actors deploy different rationalities towards mobility governance and management at West African borders. By focusing on governance rationalities such as humanitarianism, securitization and neoliberalism, I analyze contemporary international border management initiatives implemented by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), Interpol and one private security company, drawing on multi-sited fieldwork from Côte d’Ivoire and various organizational headquarters.

I am looking very much forward to stimulating talks and discussions about our research with members of the Collective (and beyond) and I would be happy to meet many of you in Ottawa – be it for coffee, poutine or beavertails. After having spent an exchange semester at Université de Montréal in 2010, I am thrilled to come back to Canada again!

For the duration of my stay, I will be supervised by Prof. Martin Geiger. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with me via email at any time: I am grateful for this opportunity and can’t wait to see you around in March/April 2017!