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Degrees and Honours

PhD in Development Studies,University of Cambridge; BA and MA in Foreign Languages, University of Bologna.

Profile

Lorena is the Lucy Cavendish Alice Tong Sze Research Fellow and will be based at CRASSH during the period of her Fellowship. During her fellowship at Lucy Cavendish College and CRASSH, she’ll also start a new project on the control of child mobility in the Spanish enclave of Melilla. She’ll explore how the tension between geographies of remoteness, infrastructures of neglect and international human right duties transform the border city in a charged political space.

Research Interests

Her work explores the containment of people deemed “dangerous” to the security of late liberal societies. She mainly focusses on the Spanish-Moroccan border as a space of inquiry and on border control as an analytical frame to investigate the emergence of new tools to contain marginalised and racialised populations at the frontiers of inequality.

She is currently working on turning her doctoral thesis into a monograph, provisionally titled “Immigration Nation. Development, Humanitarianism and Migration Politics in Morocco”. Based on almost a year of fieldwork, the project explores the rise of Sub-Saharan migrants as beneficiaries of the aid industry in Morocco. She analyses how aid-funded non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and International Organisations (IOs) have emerged and encroached into the Moroccan migration governance landscape since the mid-2000s, and how the ‘aid-ification’ of migration governance merges with situated dynamics of neoliberal and authoritarian reordering. She contends that development and humanitarian interventions sustain the transformation of Morocco into an “immigration nation” by providing the discursive, financial and political resources necessary to nurture the transition of Morocco into a laboratory of migration control between Europe and Africa.

Publications (selected):

Gross Wyrtzen, L., and Gazzotti, L., forthcoming, Telling Histories of the Present: Postcolonial Perspectives on Morocco’s ‘Radically New’ Migration Policy, Journal of North African Studies

Gazzotti., L, and Hagan, M., forthcoming, Dispersal and dispossession as bordering: Exploring migration governance through mobility in post-2013 Morocco, in Gross Wyrtzen, L., and Gazzotti, L. (eds.), forthcoming, Telling Histories of the Present: Postcolonial Perspectives on Morocco’s ‘Radically New’ Migration Policy, Special Issue for the Journal of North African Studies

Jiménez-Alvarez, M., Espiñeira, K., and Gazzotti, L., forthcoming, Migration Policy and International human rights frameworks in Morocco: Tensions and Contradictions, in Gross Wyrtzen, L., and Gazzotti, L. (eds.), forthcoming, Telling Histories of the Present: Postcolonial Perspectives on Morocco’s ‘Radically New’ Migration Policy, Special Issue for the Journal of North African Studies

Gazzotti, L., 2019, Deaths, Borders, and the Exception: Humanitarianism at the Spanish–Moroccan Border, American Behavioral Scientist, Special issue on Deaths at the borders: Revisiting the debate in the light of the Euro-Mediterranean crisis. https://doi.org/10.1177/0002764219882990