Luiza Bialasiewicz, 47, is an Italian political geographer, born in Poland. She is a Professor of European Governance at the University of Amsterdam and Visiting Professor at the College of Europe where she teaches an annual course on European Geopolitics. She is also the co-director of the Amsterdam Centre for European Studies (ACES).
Before moving to the Netherlands in 2011, Bialasiewicz was a senior lecturer in Political Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London, and prior to that, Lecturer in the Department of Geography at the University of Durham.
She is currently a visiting scholar at the Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen in Vienna (November-December 2018)
Bialasiewicz’s research focuses on the political geographies of European borders and on EU foreign policy and geopolitics, with a emphasis on the Mediterranean and North Africa. Her work has examined the role of third states in the out-sourcing of EU border controls, as well as wider strategies of securitization of the Mediterranean space. Most recently, her research has focused on anti-migrant movements and new spaces of migrant reception in European cities. She is the editor of Europe in the World: EU Geopolitics and the Making of European Space and the forthcoming collection Spaces of Tolerance: The Changing Geographies of Religious Freedom in Europe.
Bialasiewicz obtained her Ph.D. at the University of Colorado at Boulder, US.
Bialasiewicz is currently a guest at the Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen (IWM) in Vienna.