Arbeitsgruppe Transnationale Kooperations- und Migrationsforschung

Jun.-Prof. Stephan Scheel

Short Bio

Stephan Scheel has been appointed as an assistant professor (Juniorprofessor) for transnational cooperation and migration research in December 2018. Before joining the sociology department of the University Duisburg-Essen, Dr. Scheel has been working as a postdoctoral researcher on ERC-funded research projects at Goldsmiths, University of London, and the University of Twente in the Netherlands. Dr. Scheel’s research interests lie at the intersection of border and migration studies, citizenship studies, critical security studies as well as science and technology studies. His doctoral thesis has been awarded the Michael-Nicholson Thesis Prize of the British International Studies Association (BISA) in 2015. It investigates how migrants appropriate mobility to Europe in the context of biometric border controls.

At the University of Duisburg-Essen Dr. Scheel is currently developing a research program consisting of two lines of research: First, an International Political Sociology of Migration that seeks to transcend the deeply entrenched methodological nationalism of the social sciences. Secondly, an inquiry into how the production of (non)knowledge on human mobility shapes contemporary practices of border and migration management. Dr. Scheel is happy to supervise PhD-projects in these areas of research but also welcomes project proposals at the intersection of the following fields of study:

  • Critical border and migration studies
  • Citizenship studies
  • Critical Security Studies
  • (International) Political Sociology
  • Science and Technology Studies (STS)


1. Appointments and Formation in Higher Education

2018 –         Since December 2018 tenure-tracked Assistant Professor for Transnational Cooperation and Migration Research at the department of sociology of the University Duisburg-Essen.

2017 – 2018 Post-doctoral researcher on the ERC-funded project “Processing Citizenship” at the department for Science, Technology and Policy (STePS), University of Twente (Netherlands)

2014 – 2018 Post-doctoral researcher on the ERC-funded project “ARITHMUS – How data make a people” at the sociology department of Goldsmiths, University of London

2010 – 2012 Coordinator of the Postgraduate-Research-Group at the Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG), The Open University

2010 – 2014 Ph.D. (Political and International Studies), Faculty of Social Sciences, The Open University, Milton Keynes (UK); thesis title: “Rethinking the Autonomy of Migration: On the Appropriation of Mobility within Biometric Border Regimes” (Supervisors: Prof. Jef Huysmans and Dr. Claudia Aradau).

2000 – 2010 Magister Atrium (major: Political and International Studies; minor: Latin American Studies, New German Literature), University of Hamburg (final mark: excellent)

2. Membership in Professional Organisations

2008 – Network for Critical Border and Migration Studies (

2010 – International Studies Association (ISA)

2010 – Platform for Int. Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM)

2012 – MobLab – European Network for Critical Border and Migration Studies

2013 – British International Studies Association (BISA)

2015 – European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST)

2017 – European International Studies Association (EISA)

3. Activities as Reviewer

Since 2013 Dr. Stephan Scheel served as reviewer for the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NOW), the Summer School of the Central European University as well as the following journals: Antipode, African Journal of History and Culture, Citizenship Studies, Conflict & Society, Critical Sociology, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Global Society, International Political Sociology, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Movements – Journal of Critical Border and Migration Studies, Politics, Review of International Studies, Security Dialogue, Social Inclusion and The Canadian Review of Sociology.

4. Language Skills

German (first language), English (excellent), French (intermediate), Spanish (basic)