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Prof Helena Farrand Carrapico


Department: Social Sciences

Helena Farrand Carrapico joined Northumbria University in April 2019, where she is Professor of International Relations and European Politics, as well as Jean Monnet Chair. She is also Director of Research and Knowledge Exchange for the Social Sciences Department.

She has published over 20 peer-reviewed articles, 5 books (1 co-authored and 4 edited volumes), 15 book chapters and 7 special issues in the field of European internal security in high- raking Social Sciences journals (such as the Journal of Common Market Studies, The Journal of European Integration, European Security, Geopolitics, and Crime, Law and Social Change). She is one of the four editors for the UACES/ Routeldge Series on Comptemporary European Studies, and she is a BISA elected Trustee (2022- 2024).

She holds a doctoral degree in Social and Political Sciences from the European University Institute (Florence), where she developed her thesis on European Union organised crime policies, and an MA from the College of Europe. Prior to moving to Northumbria University, Helena was a Senior Lecturer at Aston University, where she also co-directed the Aston Centre for Europe. Previous academic positions were also held at the University of Dundee, James Madison University, the University of Coimbra and the Austrian Academy of Sciences. Helena was also a visiting fellow at the DG. Justice, Liberty and Security of the European Commission, and at the Center for European Policy Studies (CEPS). She was an elected member of UACES (2016-2019) and a co-convenor for the BISA European Security Working Group (2014-2020).

Helena Farrand Carrapico

Helena's research focuses on European security governance, in particular the governance of the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice, and comprises four strands:

1) The governance of specific policy fields within Justice and Home Affairs, namely organised crime and cybersecurity;

2) the governance of the external dimension of the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice; 

3) the governance of Brexit in relation to internal security;

4) the modes of governance present in internal security, including for example privatisation and agencification.

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  • Becoming a Smuggler: Migration and Violence at EU External Borders, Augustova, K., Carrapico, H., Obradović-Wochnik, J. 15 Mar 2023, In: Geopolitics
  • Push and Back: the Ripple Effect of EU Border Externalisation from Croatia to Iran, Augustova, K., Farrand Carrapico, H., Obradović-Wochnik, J. 1 Aug 2023, In: Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space
  • The Development of Frontex: integration through supranationalism, Zhong, Y., Farrand Carrapico, H. 16 Aug 2023, In: European Politics and Society
  • Digital/sovereignty and European security integration: an introduction, Bellanova, R., Carrapico, H., Duez, D. 2022, In: European Security
  • Digital Sovereignty and Taking Back Control: From Regulatory Capitalism to Regulatory Mercantilism in EU Cybersecurity, Farrand, B., Farrand Carrapico, H. 2022, In: European Security
  • UK’s withdrawal from Justice and Home Affairs: a historical institutionalist analysis of policy trajectories, Wolff, S., Piquet, A., Farrand Carrapico, H. 1 Oct 2022, In: Comparative European Politics
  • 'We're All EU Citizens, But Some Are More Migrants Than Others': The Impact of Brexit on the Portuguese Community Residing in the United Kingdom, Carrapico, H. 30 Sep 2022, Brexit and the Migrant Voice, London, Routledge
  • An Exploration of Security Privatisation Dynamics Through the Lens of Social Harm, Carrapico, H. 2021, The Palgrave Handbook of Social Harm, Cham, Switzerland, Palgrave Macmillan
  • ‘People like that cannot be trusted’: populist and technocratic political styles, legitimacy, and distrust in the context of Brexit negotiations, Farrand, B., Carrapico, H. 1 Jun 2021, In: Journal of Contemporary European Research
  • The How and Why of Cybercrime: The EU as a Case Study of the Role of Ideas, Interests, and Institutions as Drivers of a Security-Governance Approach, Farrand, B., Carrapico, H. 2021, Researching Cybercrimes, Cham, Switzerland, Palgrave Macmillan


Courses I teach on:

- IR7011 and AT7038- European Security Governance and Conflict

-IR6010- War Games- learning negotiation and diplomacy through simulations

-SO6002- Dissertation Module

  • International Politics PhD June 30 2010
  • Politics MRes June 30 2006
  • European CommunityStudies MA (Hons) July 31 2003
  • Senior Fellow (SFHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2019

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