A PhD from Department of Sociology and Social Work, Eva Magdalena Stambøl has won the International Association for the Study of Organized Crime’s (IASOC) prize for best PhD dissertation 2020. The title of the AAU-thesis is “External Projection of Internal Security - The EU's Export of Crime Control to West Africa.”
The PhD thesis explored the role of criminalization and crime control in EU-West Africa relations. In the PhD research, Stambøl followed European crime control models as they travel from Brussels and other European capitals to West Africa as part of EU foreign policy and external action.
Export of crime control to Africa
In her PhD research, Stambøl first mapped EU aid and assistance to crime control and internal security to the wider Southern Neighbourhood the past 15 years, discovering that the EU increasingly seeks to fight transnational crime through building the border security and police capacity of third countries. She then went on to do fieldwork in Senegal, Mali, Niger to explore the implementation of European crime control projects and their meetings with local social realities.
Finally, she went to Brussels to study the rationales behind EU external policy-making on crime control.
Stambøl defended the PhD dissertation in 2020 at the Department of Sociology and Social Work, Aalborg University, and was awarded the title of PhD. At the moment she works as a Postdoc at the Center for Transnational Relations, Foreign and Security Policy, Otto Suhr Institute for Political Science, Freie Universität Berlin. Diving deeper into some of the dilemmas uncovered in the PhD research, Stambøl´s upcoming research project in cooperation with the University of Oslo, Freie Universität Berlin and Oxford University, funded by the Norwegian Research Council, will explore how the internationally driven fight against transnational crime undermines or supports peace processes, through fieldwork in Colombia and Mali.
The International Association for the Study of Organized Crime is a part of Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime, that runs a network of experts, analysing, responding and innovating on transnational organized crime.