Cetta Mainwaring is an Assistant Professor in Sociology and Legal Studies at the University of Waterloo. Dr. Mainwaring completed her DPhil, ‘Centring on the Margins: Migration Control in Malta, Cyprus and the European Union’ at the University of Oxford in 2012. Before coming to Waterloo, she was a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies at the University of California, San Diego.
Dr. Mainwaring’s research focuses on how and why people move across national borders, especially without state authorisation. She is interested in how states respond to various forms of international mobility in attempts to deter, facilitate or shape such flows. Her doctoral research examined these issues in Southern Europe, analysing the relationship between the European Union (EU) and small peripheral member states in order to understand how these relationships shape and are shaped by irregular immigration flows
Dr. Mainwaring’s latest project investigates the historical evolution of visa policies as a form of migration control in the US and UK. In all of her research, Dr Mainwaring is interested in the relationship between the international and the local. She has therefore adopted ethnographic approaches to understanding international relations.