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Curriculum vitae

Elisa Pascucci's research focuses on two main areas: refugee political agency and political mobilization, and infrastructures and economies of humanitarianism and refuge. 


Selected publications (until June 2018, see 'Publications' for more recent outputs):

Pascucci, E. (2018) Seeking asylum in neoliberal Cairo: refugee protests and the securitization of humanitarianism. In Gerard, A. and Vecchio, F. (eds) Entrapping Asylum Seekers: Legal Social and Economic Precariousness. Sidney: Palgrave MacMillan, 83-105.

Pascucci, E. (2017) The humanitarian infrastructure and the question of over-research: reflections on fieldwork in the Middle Eastern refugee crises 2011-2015. Area

Häkli, J., Pascucci, E., Kallio, K. P. (2017). Becoming refugee in Cairo: The political in performativity International Political Sociology

Ramadan, A., Pascucci, E. (2017) Urban Geopolitics of Refuge. In Rokem, J., Fregonese, S., (eds) Interventions in urban geopolitics. Political Geography 61, 253-262

Pascucci, E. (2017) Community infrastructures: shelter, self-reliance and polymorphic borders in urban refugee governance. Territory, Politics, Governance 5 (3), 332-345

Pascucci, E. (2017) Review of 'Refuge: Transforming a Broken Refugee System', by Betts, A. and Collier, P. Fennia - International Journal of Geography 195(2): 197-201 hhtps://    

Pascucci, E. (2016) Transnational disruptions: materialities and temporalities of transnational citizenship among Somali refugees in Cairo. Global Networks: A Journal of Transnational Affairs.

Kangas, A., Kynsilehto A., Norocel O. C., Pascucci E., Särmä S., Weaver C. (2015). Let’s not internationalize but postnationalize universities. Politiikasta  

Research interests

Geographies of humanitarian labour

Humanitarianism and precarity

Humanitarian architectures, humanitarian logistics and the politics of sustainability

Refugee labour and refugee knowledges in the modern international humanitarian regime, with particular focus on the Middle East and North Africa, and the broader Mediterranean.

Education/Academic qualification

Geography, PhD, University of Sussex

Fields of Science

  • 519 Social and economic geography
  • 5200 Other social sciences
  • Refugee and Migration Studies
  • The politics of humanitarianism
  • Qualitative research methods
  • 6160 Other humanities

International and National Collaboration Publications and projects within past five years.


The local labour building the international community: Precarious work within humanitarian spaces

Pascucci, E., 2018, In : Environment and Planning A. 51, 3, p. 743-760 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Refugees in the IT sector: Young Syrians' economic subjectivities and familial lives in Jordan

Pascucci, E., Oct 2019, In : Geographical Review. 109, 4, p. 580-597 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Refugeeness as political subjectivity: Experiencing the humanitarian border

Kallio, K. P., Häkli, J. & Pascucci, E., Nov 2019, In : Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space . 37, 7, p. 1258-1276 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review


Urban protest camps in Egypt: the occupation, (re)creation and destruction of alternative political worlds

Pascucci, E. & Ramadan, A., Dec 2018, Camps Revisited : Multifaceted Spatialities of a Modern Political Technology. Katz, I., Martin, D. & Minca, C. (eds.). London: Rowman & Littlefield International, (Geopolitical Bodies, Material Worlds).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientific


As a donor, the EU should not ignore the protection needs of Syrian aid workers

Hassouneh, N. & Pascucci, E., 21 Oct 2019, In :

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleGeneral public

Open Access


Nadine Hassouneh

Elisa Pascucci (Host)
10 Aug 2019

Activity: Hosting a visitor typesAcademic visit at UH

Pohjois-Syyrian konflikti: solidaarisuus ja mahdollisuudet rauhan

Elisa Pascucci (Speaker: Presenter)
29 Oct 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Talks

Political Geography (Journal)

Elisa Pascucci (Reviewer)
2019 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review of manuscripts

Saving refugees, profitably? Solidarity in an era of humanitarian-business partnerships

Elisa Pascucci (Speaker)
14 Nov 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk