SOAS University of London

Department of Politics and International Studies

Professor Fiona Adamson

BA (Stanford), MA, PhD(Columbia)
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Fiona Adamson
Department of Politics and International Studies

Professor of International Relations

Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies


London Middle East Institute (LMEI)


Centre for Ottoman Studies


Professor Fiona Adamson
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Fiona Adamson is Professor of International Relations. Her research interests are in International Relations theory, transnational identity politics, international peace and security, global governance and migration and diaspora. She is currently a co-investigator in the European Union Horizon 2020 research project Migration Governance and Asylum Crises (MAGYC) and is co-convenor of the London Migration Research Group (LMRG).

Her published work has appeared in International Security, European Journal of International Relations, International Migration Review, International Studies Review, International Studies Perspectives, Journal of Global Security Studies, Global Networks, New Global Studies, Political Science Quarterly, Cambridge Review of International Affairs and Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, as well as in a number of edited volumes.

Fiona was Head of Department 2010-2013. Prior to joining SOAS, she was Director of the Programme in International Public Policy at University College London (UCL). Dr Adamson holds a BA from Stanford University and an MA, MPhil and PhD from Columbia University. She has held research fellowships at Harvard and Stanford Universities, as well as at Humboldt University, Berlin and University of Basel, Switzerland.




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Pocock, Nicola S. and Stöckl, Heidi and Tadee, Reena and Rongrongmuang, Wansiri and Tharawan, Kanokwan and Adamson, Fiona and Zimmerman, Cathy (2022) 'Victims or Suspects? Identifying and Assisting Potentially Trafficked Fishermen: A Qualitative Study with Stakeholders and First Responders in Thailand'. Journal of Migration and Health, (4) 100074.

Adamson, Fiona and Greenhill, Kelly (2022) 'Global Security Entanglement and the Mobility Paradox'. Current History, (121) 831, pp 3-9.

Adamson, Fiona and Greenhill, Kelly (2021) 'Globality and Entangled Security: Rethinking the Post-1945 Order'. New Global Studies, (15) 2/3, pp 165-180.

Adamson, Fiona and Tsourapas, Gerasimos (2020) 'The Migration State in the Global South: Nationalizing, Developmental and Neoliberal Models of Migration Management'. International Migration Review, (54) 3, pp 853-882.

Adamson, Fiona (2020) 'Pushing the Boundaries: Can We “Decolonize” Security Studies?'. Journal of Global Security Studies, (5) 1, pp 129-135.

Adamson, Fiona (2019) 'Non-State Authoritarianism and Diaspora Politics'. Global Networks, (20) 1, pp 150-169.

Adamson, Fiona and Tsourapas, Gerasimos (2019) 'Migration Diplomacy in World Politics'. International Studies Perspectives, (20) 2, pp 113-128.

Adamson, Fiona (2019) 'Sending States and the Making of Intra-Diasporic Politics: Turkey and Its Diaspora(s)'. International Migration Review, (53) 1, pp 210-236.

Adamson, Fiona (2016) 'The Growing Importance of Diaspora Politics'. Current History, (115) 784, pp 291-297.

Adamson, Fiona (2016) 'Spaces of Global Security: Beyond Methodological Nationalism'. Journal of Global Security Studies, (1) 1, pp 19-35.

Adamson, Fiona (2011) 'The Limits of the Liberal State: Migration, Identity and Belonging in Europe'. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, (37) 6, pp 843-859.

Adamson, Fiona (2011) 'Engaging or Contesting the Liberal State? 'Muslim' as a Politicised Identity Category in Europe'. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, (37) 6, pp 899-916.

Adamson, Fiona and Triadafilopoulos, Triadafilos and Zolberg, Aristide (2011) 'The Limits of the Liberal State: Migration, Identity and Belonging in Europe and the United States. Special Issue of Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies Vol. 37 No. 6'. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, (37) 6, pp 843-859.

Adamson, Fiona and Demetriou, M. (2007) 'Remapping the Boundaries of "State" and "National Identity": Incorporating Diasporas into IR Theorizing'. European Journal of International Relations, (13) 4, pp 489-526.

Adamson, Fiona (2006) 'Crossing Borders: International Migration and National Security'. International Security, (31) 1, pp 165-199.

Adamson, Fiona (2005) 'Global Liberalism Versus Political Islam: Competing Ideological Frameworks in International Politics'. International Studies Review, (7) 4, pp 547-569.

Adamson, Fiona (2005) 'Globalization, Transnational Political Mobilization, and Networks of Violence'. Cambridge Review of International Affairs, (18) 1, pp 35-53.

Adamson, Fiona (2001) 'Democratization and the Domestic Sources of Foreign Policy: Turkey in the 1974 Cyprus Crisis'. Political Science Quarterly, (116) 2, pp 277-303.

Book Chapters

Adamson, Fiona (2022) 'Migration Governance in Turkey'. In: Hollifield, James and Foley, Neil, (eds.), Understanding Global Migration. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, pp 367-384.

Adamson, Fiona and Greenhill, Kelly (2021) 'People'. In: Leonard, Mark, (ed.), The Power Atlas: Seven Battlegrounds of a Networked World. Berlin: European Council on Foreign Relations, pp 84-105.

Adamson, Fiona (2021) 'Migration and Security'. In: Money, Jeannette and Lockhart, Sarah P., (eds.), Introduction to International Migration: Population Movements in the 21st Century. London: Routledge, pp 244-262.

Adamson, Fiona (2018) 'The Changing Geography of Global Security'. In: Gheciu, Alexandra and Wohlforth, William C., (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of International Security. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp 319-333.

Adamson, Fiona (2013) 'Mechanisms of Diaspora Mobilization and the Transnationalization of Civil War'. In: Checkel, Jeffrey T., (ed.), Transnational Dynamics of Civil War. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, pp 63-88.

Adamson, Fiona (2012) 'Constructing the Diaspora: Diaspora Identity Politics and Transnational Social Movements'. In: Lyons, Terrence and Mandaville, Peter, (eds.), Politics from Afar: Transnational Diasporas and Networks. New York: Columbia University Press.

Adamson, Fiona and Sriram, Chandra (2010) 'Perspectives on International Law in International Relations'. In: Cali, Basak, (ed.), International Law for International Relations. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp 25-45.

Adamson, Fiona (2006) 'International Terrorism, Non-State Actors and Transnational Political Mobilization: A Perspective from International Relations'. In: Biersteker, Thomas J. and Spiro, Peter and Raffo, Veronica and Sriram, Chandra, (eds.), International Law and International Relations: Bridging Theory and Practice. New York: Routledge, pp 79-92.

Adamson, Fiona (2006) 'International Migration in a Globalizing World: Assessing Impacts on National Security'. In: Kirshner, Jonathan, (ed.), Globalization and National Security. New York: Routledge, pp 35-73.

Adamson, Fiona (2004) 'Displacement, Diaspora Mobilization, and Transnational Cycles of Political Violence'. In: Tirman, John, (ed.), Maze of Fear: Security and Migration After September 11th. New York: New Press, pp 45-58.

Adamson, Fiona (2002) 'Mobilizing for the Transformation of Home: Politicized Identities and Transnational Practices'. In: Al-Ali, Nadje and Koser, Khalid, (eds.), New Approaches to Migration? Transnational Communities and the Transformation of Home. London: Routledge, pp 155-168.

Adamson, Fiona (2002) 'Democratization in Turkey, European Union Enlargement and the Regional Dynamics of the Cyprus Conflict: Past Lessons and Future Prospects'. In: Diez, Thomas, (ed.), The European Union and the Cyprus conflict : modern conflict, postmodern union. Manchester: Manchester University Press, pp 163-180.

Adamson, Fiona (2002) 'International Democracy Assistance in Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan: Building Civil Society From the Outside?'. In: Mendelson, Sarah E. and Glenn, John K., (eds.), The Power and Limits of NGOs: A Critical Look at Building Democracy in Eastern Europe and Eurasia. New York: Columbia University Press, pp 177-206.

Monographs and Working Papers

Dag, Veysi and Craven, Catherine Ruth and Adamson, Fiona (2021) Mapping the Kurdish Refugee Community and Diaspora in Europe. . [Unpublished]

Dag, Veysi and Craven, Catherine Ruth and Adamson, Fiona (2021) Diaspora Organisations and Multi-Scalar Governance: A Kurdish Case Study. . [Unpublished]

Adamson, Fiona and Koinova, Maria (2013) The Global City as a Space for Transnational Identity Politics. . [Unpublished]

Opinion Pieces / Media / Blogs

Adamson, Fiona and Fröhlich, Christiane (2020) As Lockdown Restrictions Start to East, It's Time to Think About Mobility Justice.


Adamson, Fiona and Tsourapas, Gerasimos (2020) 'State-Building, Sovereignty and Migration Management in the Global South' E-International Relations.

Adamson, Fiona and Tsourapas, Gerasimos (2020) 'At Home and Abroad: Coercion-by-Proxy as a Tool of Transnational Repression'.

Adamson, Fiona (2015) 'Blurring the Lines: Diaspora Politics and Globalized Constituencies' WPR: World Politics Review [Online].


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