Maria is a Senior Researcher and Research Director at the Peace Research Institute Oslo, where she leads the Norwegian Centre for Humanitarian Studies. She holds a PhD in International Relations and Political Science from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris. Maria’s research focuses on border management, and more specifically humanitarian and security interfaces in the European borderlands: from European migration and border management policies to humanitarian responses to the reception crises in countries like Greece, France and Norway. She has also worked extensively on the role of border surveillance technologies and search and rescue efforts in the Mediterranean.
Maria’s responsibilities within MIGNEX include examination of links between development cooperation and migration management and evaluation of the overall European approach to third-country cooperation on migration.