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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.

  • Assistant Professor (on leave), Sociology and Legal Studies
  • University of Waterloo

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  • Mainwaring, Cetta, 2015. ‘Mourning the Mediterranean dead and locking up survivors.’ Open Democracy. Read article
  • Mainwaring, Cetta. 2014. ‘Small States and Non-Material Power: Creating Crises and Shaping Migration Policies in Malta Cyprus and the European Union’ 12(2): 103-122.
  • Mainwaring, Cetta. 2014. ‘Malta’ in Anna Triandafyllidou and Ruby Gropas eds Aldershot: Ashgate pp 249-260.
  • 2012. ‘Resisting distalisation? Malta and Cyprus’ influence on EU migration and asylum policies’ special issue 314 : pp 38-66.
  • 2012. ‘Constructing a Crisis: The Role of Immigration Detention in Malta’ special issue 186 : pp 687–700.
  • 2008. ‘On the Edge of Exclusion: the changing nature of immigration in Cyprus and Malta’ special issue 202 (Fall): pp 19-49

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