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LSE Fellow awarded BBC book prize

Ruben AnderssonDr Ruben Andersson (pictured), a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit within the Department of International Development, has won the British Sociological Association/BBC Thinking Allowed (Radio 4) ethnography award for his book Illegality, Inc. Clandestine Migration and the Business of Bordering Europe.

The book argues that increasing border controls leads migrants to seek more dangerous routes to enter Europe. It is based on his PhD dissertation awarded from LSE's Department of Anthropology, for which he won the 2014 IMISCOE - Maria Ioannis Baganha dissertation award. One of the judges said: ‘…it was very powerful; it was a very beautifully written, very evocative book…’

The shortlist was announced on last week’s Thinking Allowed and the programme will run a special show on the book on Wednesday 22 April at 4pm. An interactive video on his book can be found here.

Dr Andersson was also widely cited recently, via the Press Association, for comments he made regarding the migrant boat crisis.

21 April 2015