Eeva-Kaisa Prokkola

Senior Research Fellow

Regional Policy and Regional Development

Phone: 029 448 1721 (phone: +358 29 448 1721), 050 5568241

e-mail: eeva-kaisa.prokkola (at)

Research Interests:

Political borders, border management, spatial/regional identity, border regions, regional policy, neoliberalism, tourism, tourism mobilities, European Union and Schengen, Nordic Countries

Introduction to paper:
'Neoliberalizing Border Management in Finland and Schengen', published in Antipode.

Author: Eeva-Kaisa Prokkola. University of Oulu.

Research Groups:

Previous research project:

Border management, biopolitics, and narratives of border crossings (2011-2013)

The funding from the Academy of Finland (283 670 Euros)

The purpose of this three-year long (2011-2013) postdoctoral project is to contribute both  theoretically and empirically to our understanding of state borders, border management and biopolitical control by analyzing the meaning of borders and border surveillance in the European Union (EU) and in Finland.

The project is contextualized within the ongoing interdisciplinary discussions of border management and national and international security. Borders are instruments for regulating and monitoring the mobility of populations, and it is understood that the development of new border surveillance technologies such as border controls based on biometric identification will intensify population segregation, so that people will have unequal territorial access depending on their nationality, ethnicity, wealth, professional skills etc. The major theoretical challenge in this project is to analyze and expand contemporary ideas of borders as instruments of biopolitical power and regulation, and hence to develop new perspectives on border studies.

The work will be grounded in an empirical study which analyses firstly the development of border management in the EU and in Finland, and how changes in geopolitical, political and economic environments have affected this development. Finland provides an interesting case, as the Finnish-Russian border is one of the longest external borders of the Schengen zone. Secondly it analyses what biopolitical borders and the politics of territorial inclusion and exclusion actually represent in the border management practices of the EU and of Finland, and what these things mean for people and particular groups of people. The research is based on methodological triangulation, which means that different sets of material and methods are employed.

Viimeksi päivitetty: 20.1.2016