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We're happy to announce that Dr Marthe Achtnich has won the BISA Susan Strange Best Book Prize for Mobility Economies in Europe’s Borderlands: Migrants’ Journeys through Libya and the Mediterranean.

The Susan Strange Best Book Prize is awarded annually for an outstanding book published in any field of International Studies.

The judging panel released these comments on Dr Achtnich's work: 

“The book scored extremely highly on the panel’s judging criteria which included its significance, quality of scholarship, presentation, scope, and originality. The panel were extremely impressed with the book’s contribution to our understanding of migrant journeys, and the new conceptual tools it brings to academic knowledge in a range of sub-fields across our discipline. The panel were struck by the scope of the empirical research underpinning your account, and by the methodological sophistication with which you have addressed such a challenging and difficult topic. I am sure the book will have the significant and enduring impact on the field of international studies it clearly merits.”

The British International Studies Association awards prizes to recognise excellence and achievement through research and teaching in the field of International Studies. 

More information about the awards can be found here:

Dr Achtnich's book can be found here: