Dr Martina Tazzioli

Staff details

Position Reader in Politics and Technology
Email martina.tazzioli (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone +44 (0)20 896 2126
Dr Martina Tazzioli

Her work, at the crossroad of critical overall explores the biopolitical mechanisms by which some subjects are racialised and governed as “migrants”, analysing the intertwining of modes of objectivation and subjectivities. More recently, she has investigated the technologization of the border regime and how technologies constitute a battlefield for migrants, states and non-state actors.

Martina is part of the editorial collective of Radical Philosophy, she is co-editor in chief of the Journal Politics and on the editorial board of Political Geography Open Access.

She is also a member of the Euro-African network Migreurop that produces reports on migration, border externalisation and human rights violations.

Martina’s work is characterised by an interdisciplinary approach at the crossroad of political theory, migration and border studies and political geography. She published in highly ranked journals in the field of politics, critical security studies, human geography and migration. She has published three monographs on migration and she co-edited two books on the work and uses of Michel Foucault.

Prior to joining Goldsmiths as a lecturer, Martina worked at Swansea University and City University of London. She did two postdocs at Labex, Aix-en-Provence and at the University of Oulu. She obtained her PhD in 2013 at Goldsmiths College, in the Department of Politics & International Relations.

Martina is part of the Goldsmiths Migration Network she actively contributes to, and she coordinates the seminar series "Migration, Technology & Postcolonial Genealogies" in the department


  • World Politics (first-year module)
  • Politics & Technology (second-year module)
  • Digital technologies, migration and citizenship (third-year module)

Research Interests

Her research interest are at the intersection of critical migration and border studies, continental political philosophy and critical security studies.

Currently, she is developing three research projects:

The financialisation of refugee humanitarianism and the use of digital technologies in controlling migration, with a focus on Greece (Leverhulme/British academy small grant, 2018-2019). More broadly, this project critically engages with techno-humanitarianism and the politics of data circulation. Martina won a British Academy Small Grant based on this research area in 2018 entitled 'Digital Technologies and Refugee Goverance in Greece'. Martina is also a co-investigator on a recently started three year ESRC grant award entitled 'Financial Inclusion and Digital Connectivity in Refugee Governance'

How mobility and dispersal are used by state authorities as technologies for governing colonised populations and present unruly collective subjects. As part of this project, I am interested in studying and conceptualising emergent collective subjects that cannot be analysed through sociological categories such as populations and the people. This project investigates how, from an epistemic standpoint, we can rethinking borders starting from partial non-control, opacity, non-identification and not-seeing.

Biopolitics of mobility and temporal borders: conceptualising modes of violence, constraint and containment that cannot be analysed in terms of making live/letting die. Focus on invisible violences and on the governing through uncertainty and opacity. This project investigates the role of temporality and temporal borders in enhancing precariousness. 

Martina is also co-ordinating a Seminar Series for the Centre for Post Colonial Studies in the departnent entitled 'Migaration Technologies and Post Colonial Genealogies'

Publications and research outputs


Tazzioli, Martina. 2023. Border abolitionism: migrants' containment and the genealogies of struggles and rescue. Manchester: Manchester University Press. ISBN 9781526160935

Davies, Will; Dutta, Sahil Jai; Taylor, Nick and Tazzioli, Martina. 2022. Unprecedented? How COVID-19 Revealed the Politics of Our Economy. London: Goldsmiths Press. ISBN 9781913380120

Tazzioli, Martina. 2019. The Making of Migration: The Biopolitics of Mobility at Europe’s Borders. London: SAGE Publications. ISBN 9781526464040

Tazzioli, Martina and Garelli, Glenda. 2017. Tunisia as a Revolutionised Space of Migration. New York: Palgrave Pivot. ISBN 9781137505873

Tazzioli, Martina. 2014. Spaces of Governmentality: Autonomous Migration and the Arab Uprisings. London: Rowman & Littlefield. ISBN 9781783481040

Edited Book

Cremonesi, Laura; Irrera, Orazio; Lorenzini, Daniele and Tazzioli, Martina, eds. 2016. Foucault and the Making of Subjects. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield. ISBN 9781786601049

Tazzioli, Martina and De Genova, Nicholas, eds. 2016. Europe/Crisis: New Keywords of "the Crisis" in and of "Europe". Brooklyn, New York: Zone Books.

Fuggle, Sophie; Lanci, Yari and Tazzioli, Martina, eds. 2015. Foucault and the History of Our Present. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 9781137385918

Book Section

Tazzioli, Martina and Garelli, Glenda. 2022. When the “Via” Is Fragmented and Disrupted: Migrants’ Walking along the Alpine Route. In: William Walters; Charles Heller and Lorenzo Pezzani, eds. Viapolitics: Borders, Migration, and the Power of Locomotion. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, pp. 235-257. ISBN 9781478014287

Tazzioli, Martina. 2020. Migrants’ displacements at the internal frontiers of Europe. In: Peter Adey; Janet C. Bowstead; Katherine Brickell; Vandana Desai; Mike Dolton; Alasdair Pinkerton and Ayesha Siddiqi, eds. Handbook of Displacement. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 313-327. ISBN 9783030471774

Tazzioli, Martina. 2019. Counter-mapping the borders of Europe: Towards a non-cartographic counter-mapping approach. In: Celine Cantat; Eda Sevinin; Ewa Maczynska and Tegiye Birey, eds. Challenging the Political Across Borders: Migrants’ and Solidarity Struggles. Budapest: Central European University, pp. 49-71. ISBN 9789633860076

Garelli, Glenda and Tazzioli, Martina. 2019. Military-humanitarianism. In: Katharyne Mitchell; Reece Jones and Jennifer L. Fluri, eds. Handbook on Critical Geographies of Migration. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, pp. 182-192. ISBN 9781786436023

Tazzioli, Martina and Garelli, Glenda. 2019. Counter-mapping refugees and asylum borders. In: Katharyne Mitchell; Reece Jones and Jennifer L. Fluri, eds. Handbook of Critical Geographies of Migration. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, pp. 397-409. ISBN 9781786436023

Tazzioli, Martina. 2019. "This is not a camp": persistent traces of migrant encampments at the French-Italian frontier. In: Jean-Frédéric de Hasque and Clara Lecadet, eds. Apres les camps: Traces, mémoires et mutations des camps de réfugiés. Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium: Academia-L'Harmattan, pp. 153-170. ISBN 9782806104304

Tazzioli, Martina and Garelli, Glenda. 2017. Choucha beyond the Camp: Challenging the Border of Migration Studies. In: Nicholas De Genova, ed. The Borders of "Europe": Autonomy of Migration, Tactics of Bordering. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, pp. 165-184. ISBN 9780822369165

Tazzioli, Martina. 2015. Discordant migrants' freedom and the bordering of migrants lives. Three snapshots on revolutionized spaces in the aftermath of the Arab Springs. In: Vernon W. Cisney and Nicolae Morar, eds. Biopower: Foucault and Beyond. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, pp. 123-140. ISBN 9780226226620


Martin, Lauren L and Tazzioli, Martina. 2023. Value Extraction Through Refugee Carcerality: Data, Labour and Financialised Accommodation. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 41(2), pp. 191-209. ISSN 0263-7758

Tazzioli, Martina. 2023. Counter-mapping the techno-hype in migration research. Mobilities, ISSN 1745-0101

De Genova, Nicholas and Tazzioli, Martina. 2022. Minor Keywords of Political Theory: Migration as a Critical Standpoint. A collaborative project of collective writing. Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space, 40(4), pp. 781-875. ISSN 2399-6544

Tazzioli, Martina. 2022. The technological obstructions of asylum: Asylum seekers as forced techno-users and governing through disorientation. Security Dialogue, 53(3), pp. 202-219. ISSN 0967-0106

Tazzioli, Martina. 2022. Governing refugees through disorientation: Fragmented knowledges and forced technological mediations. Review of International Studies, 48(3), pp. 425-440. ISSN 0260-2105

Brenner, David and Tazzioli, Martina. 2022. Defending Society, Building the Nation: Rebel Governance as Competing Biopolitics. International Studies Quarterly, 66(2), sqac007. ISSN 0020-8833

Tazzioli, Martina. 2022. Extractive Humanitarianism: Participatory Confinement and Unpaid Labor in Refugees Governmentality. Communication, Culture & Critique, 15(2), pp. 176-192. ISSN 1753-9129

Scheel, Stephan and Tazzioli, Martina. 2022. Who is a Migrant? Abandoning the Nation-state Point of View in the Study of Migration. Migration Politics, 1(1), 002.

Tazzioli, Martina. 2022. Extract, datafy and disrupt. Refugees' subjectivities between data abundance and data disregard. Geopolitics, 27(1), pp. 70-88. ISSN 1465-0045

Tazzioli, Martina and Stierl, Maurice. 2021. “We Closed the Ports to Protect Refugees.” Hygienic Borders and Deterrence Humanitarianism during Covid-19. International Political Sociology, 15(4), pp. 539-558. ISSN 1749-5679

Tazzioli, Martina. 2021. The making of racialized subjects: Practices, history, struggles. Security Dialogue, 52(1_supp), pp. 107-114. ISSN 0967-0106

Garelli, Glenda and Tazzioli, Martina. 2021. Migration and ‘pull factor’ traps. Migration Studies, 9(3), pp. 383-399. ISSN 2049-5838

Tazzioli, Martina. 2021. The Making and the Undoing of “Migration”: Towards an Abolitionist Horizon. Journal of World-Systems Research, 27(2), pp. 378-382. ISSN 1076-156X

Tazzioli, Martina. 2021. “Choking without killing”: Opacity and the grey area of migration governmentality. Political Geography, 89, p. 102412. ISSN 0962-6298

Aradau, Claudia and Tazzioli, Martina. 2021. Covid-19 and rebordering the world. Radical Philosophy, 2.10, ISSN 0300-211X

Tazzioli, Martina. 2021. ‘Keeping on the move without letting pass’: Rethinking biopolitics through mobility". Environment & Planning C: Politics and space, pp. 7-10. ISSN 2399-6544

Tazzioli, Martina. 2021. Towards a genealogy of migrant struggles and rescue. The memory of solidarity at the Alpine border. Citizenship Studies, 25(5), pp. 603-619. ISSN 1362-1025

Tazzioli, Martina and Stierl, Maurice. 2021. Europe’s unsafe environment: migrant confinement under Covid-19. Critical Studies on Security, 9(1), pp. 76-80. ISSN 2162-4887

Tazzioli, Martina. 2021. Excavating the genealogies of struggles and of the migrant mob. Dialogues in Human Geography, 11(3), pp. 523-526. ISSN 2043-8206

Tazzioli, Martina. 2021. A “Passport to Freedom”? COVID-19 and the Re-bordering of the World. European Journal of Risk Regulation, 12(2), 355 -361. ISSN 1867-299X

Tazzioli, Martina and Garelli, Glenda. 2020. Containment beyond detention: The hotspot system and disrupted migration movements across Europe. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 38(6), pp. 1009-1027. ISSN 0263-7758

Tazzioli, Martina. 2020. The politics of migrant dispersal. Policing and dividing migrant multiplicities. Migration Studies, 8(4), pp. 510-529. ISSN 2049-5838

Tazzioli, Martina. 2020. Towards a History of Mountain Runaways “Migrants” and the Genealogies of Mountain Rescue and Struggles. Journal of Alpine Research, 108(2), ISSN 0035-1121

Tazzioli, Martina and De Genova, Nicholas. 2020. Kidnapping migrants as a tactic of border enforcement. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 38(5), pp. 867-886. ISSN 0263-7758

Tazzioli, Martina. 2020. What is Left of Migrants’ Spaces? Transversal Alliances and the Temporality of Solidarity. Political Anthropological Research on International Social Sciences (PARISS), 1(1), pp. 137-161. ISSN 2590-3284

Tazzioli, Martina and Lorenzini, Daniele. 2020. Critique without ontology. Genealogy, collective subjects and the deadlocks of evidence. Radical Philosophy, ISSN 0300-211X

Tazzioli, Martina. 2020. Disjointed knowledges, obfuscated visibility. Border controls at the French-Italian Alpine border. Political Geography, 79(102155), ISSN 0962-6298

Tazzioli, Martina. 2020. Governing migrant mobility through mobility: Containment and dispersal at the internal frontiers of Europe. Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space, 38(1), pp. 3-19. ISSN 2399-6544

Aradau, Claudia and Tazzioli, Martina. 2020. Biopolitics multiple: migration, extraction, subtraction. Millennium, 48(2), pp. 198-220. ISSN 0305-8298

Tazzioli, Martina. 2019. Refugees’ Debit Cards, Subjectivities, and Data Circuits: Financial-Humanitarianism in the Greek Migration Laboratory. International Political Sociology, 13(4), pp. 392-408. ISSN 1749-5679

Tazzioli, Martina and Walters, William. 2019. Migration, solidarity and the limits of Europe. Global Discourse, 9(1), pp. 175-190. ISSN 2326-9995

Tazzioli, Martina. 2018. Spy, track and archive: The temporality of visibility in Eurosur and Jora. Security Dialogue, 49(4), pp. 272-288. ISSN 0967-0106

Garelli, Glenda and Tazzioli, Martina. 2018. The Humanitarian War Against Migrant Smugglers at Sea. Antipode, 50(3), pp. 685-703. ISSN 0066-4812

Garelli, Glenda; Sciurba, Alessandra and Tazzioli, Martina. 2018. Introduction: Mediterranean Movements and the Reconfiguration of the Military‐Humanitarian Border in 2015. Antipode, 50(3), pp. 662-672. ISSN 0066-4812

Tazzioli, Martina; De Genova, Nicholas and Garelli, Glenda. 2018. Autonomy of Asylum?: The Autonomy of Migration Undoing the Refugee Crisis Script. South Atlantic Quarterly, 117(2), pp. 239-265. ISSN 0038-2876

Tazzioli, Martina. 2018. The temporal borders of asylum. Temporality of control in the EU border regime. Political Geography, 64, pp. 13-22. ISSN 0962-6298

Tazzioli, Martina. 2018. Crimes of solidarity: migration and containment through rescue. Radical Philosophy, 2(01), ISSN 0300-211X

Lorenzini, Daniele and Tazzioli, Martina. 2018. Confessional Subjects and Conducts of Non-Truth: Foucault, Fanon, and the Making of the Subject. Theory, Culture & Society, 35(1), pp. 71-90. ISSN 0263-2764

Garelli, Glenda and Tazzioli, Martina. 2018. The biopolitical warfare on migrants: EU Naval Force and NATO operations of migration government in the Mediterranean. Critical Military Studies, 4(2), pp. 181-200. ISSN 2333-7486

Tazzioli, Martina. 2017. Containment through mobility: migrants’ spatial disobediences and the reshaping of control through the hotspot system in the Mediterranean. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 44(16), pp. 2764-2779. ISSN 1369-183X

Tazzioli, Martina. 2017. The government of migrant mobs: Temporary divisible multiplicities in border zones. European Journal of Social Theory, 20(4), pp. 473-490. ISSN 1368-4310

Tazzioli, Martina. 2016. Eurosur, Humanitarian Visibility, and (Nearly) Real-time Mapping in the Mediterranean. ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies, 15(3), pp. 561-579. ISSN 1492-9732

Tazzioli, Martina and Walters, William. 2016. The Sight of Migration: Governmentality, Visibility and Europe’s Contested Borders. Global Society, 30(3), pp. 445-464. ISSN 1360-0826

Tazzioli, Martina. 2016. Border Displacements. Humanitarian visibility between Triton and Mare Nostrum. Migration Studies, 4(1), pp. 1-19. ISSN 2049-5838

Tazzioli, Martina. 2015. The politics of counting and the scene of rescue. Radical Philosophy, 192, pp. 2-6. ISSN 0300-211X

Tazzioli, Martina. 2015. The desultory politics of mobility and the humanitarian-military border in the Mediterranean. Mare Nostrum beyond the sea. REMHU: Revista Interdisciplinar da Mobilidade Humana, 23(44), pp. 61-82. ISSN 1980-8585

Tazzioli, Martina. 2015. Which Europe?: Migrants’ uneven geographies and counter-mapping at the limits of representation. movements. Journal for Critical Migration and Border Regime Studies, 1(2), ISSN 2364-8732

Casas-Cortes, Maribel; Cobarrubias, Sebastian; De Genova, Nicholas; Garelli, Glenda; Grappi, Giorgio; Heller, Charles; Hess, Sabine; Kasparek, Bernd; Mezzadra, Sandro; Neilson, Brett; Peano, Irene; Pezzani, Lorenzo; Pickles, John; Rahola, Federico; Riedner, Lisa; Scheel, Stephan and Tazzioli, Martina. 2014. New Keywords: Migration and Borders. Cultural Studies, 29(1), pp. 55-87. ISSN 0950-2386

Garelli, Glenda and Tazzioli, Martina. 2013. Arab Springs Making Space: Territoriality and Moral Geographies for Asylum Seekers in Italy. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 31(6), pp. 1004-1021. ISSN 0263-7758

Garelli, Glenda and Tazzioli, Martina. 2013. Migration Discipline Hijacked: Distances and Interruptions of a Research Militancy. Postcolonial Studies, 16(3), pp. 299-308. ISSN 1368-8790


Tazzioli, Martina. 2013. Arab Uprisings and practices of migration across the Mediterranean. Doctoral thesis, Goldsmiths, University of London


Stierl, Maurice and Tazzioli, Martina. 2022. One hundred days of refugee protest in Libya. openDemocracy, London.

Tazzioli, Martina. 2021. Technologies of Expulsion: Rethinking Refugees’ Carceral Economies Beyond Surveillance. Border Criminologies, Oxford.

Tazzioli, Martina. 2020. Confine to Protect: Greek Hotspots and the Hygienic-Sanitary Borders of Covid-19. Border Criminologies, Oxford.

Tazzioli, Martina. 2020. COVID’s borders: between peer-to-peer surveillance and the “common good”. openDemocracy, London.

Tazzioli, Martina. 2019. How cashless programmes to support refugees’ independence can restrict their freedoms. The Conversation, London.