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Ruben Andersson

Ruben Andersson is Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Oxford, working on migration, borders and security with a focus on the West African Sahel and southern Europe. Ruben’s first book, Illegality, Inc.: Clandestine migration and the business of bordering Europe (University of California Press 2014) won the BBC Thinking Allowed/British Sociological Association Ethnography Award and was selected as Migrants’ Rights Network Book of the Year, and it has been widely cited in academic, journalistic and advocacy work on irregular migration and border security. His second book, No Go World: How fear is redrawing our maps and infecting our politics (University of California Press 2019), examined how counterterror, border policing and peacekeeping operations are increasingly managed at a remove from the world’s crisis and conflict zones, frequently fuelling the very dangers they ostensibly combat. Ruben’s recent work has been concerned with security intervention on a global scale, including via the book Wreckonomics: Why it’s time to end the war on everything (Oxford University Press 2023), coauthored with David Keen of LSE. In 2023, Ruben was awarded a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship for a project entitled ‘Apocalypse Soon: Security, Subversion and the Struggle for a Human Future’. His book AGE OF SECURITY will be published by William Collins in 2027. 

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