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Security knowledges: Circulation, control, and responsible research and innovation in EU border management (2023)


The knowledge emerging from research funded by the European Union (EU) through its Framework Programmes for Research and Innovation and other funding streams is significantly shaped by different forms of epistemic control exerted by the EU itself. Through the promotion of industry-research-policy cooperation in EU-funded research, and in light of the growing importance attached to ‘impact,’ this knowledge will often contribute to bureaucratic decisions taken by the European Commission, Frontex, the EU Agency for the Operational Management of Large-Scale IT Systems (eu-LISA), and other agencies tasked with border security and control. The circular dynamics surrounding knowledge production, from the calls for proposals to the results of the research, are intrinsically political and contribute to exposing the limits of the EU-promoted principle of Responsible Research and Innovation. Additionally, and due to the centrality of EU funding in the research outlook in contemporary Europe, these processes raise wider questions about the sociology of the academic fields that this article relates to: critical border studies, critical security studies, and science and technology studies. How can we interpret the interplays between the EU’s policies fostering development and integration of border security technologies, on the one hand, and the Union’s broader principles for free and open research and innovation? Through the use of autoethnographic vignettes, and mediated by an expanded Foucauldian understanding of circulation as a technology of control with performative effects, the article sheds light on the dynamics surrounding knowledge production in the field of border technologies in an EU context.

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Authors & Contributors
Galis, Vasilis
Torsten Feys
Makrygianni, Vasiliki
Cool, Alison
Ana Muñiz
Lambert, Laura
Science as Culture
Social Studies of Science
The Journal of Transport History
Science, Technology, and Human Values
IEEE Technology and Society Magazine
University of Pennsylvania Press
University of Minnesota Press
University of California Press
Palgrave Macmillan
MIT Press
Harvard University Press
Border security
Security technologies
Technology and law
Time Periods
21st century
20th century
20th century, late
19th century
United States
European Union
Amazon (Firm)
United States. National Security Agency
United Nations

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