Angela Smith

PhD Candidate & Casual Academic
MA (Migration and Refugee Studies) (American University in Cairo) Graduate Certificate (Gender Studies), University of Melbourne Honours (Gender Studies), University of Melbourne BA (Communication Design), Queensland University of Technology
Postgraduate Research Student

Angela is a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Law and Justice where her doctoral research takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of aviation and air power in deportation and border policing practices across the Mediterranean. Her research interests include political geography, border policing, human mobility, colonialism, and security practices in contemporary North Africa. Angela brings a critical perspective to the governance of migration, drawn from a decade of experience working with international NGOs and IGOs. She has worked as a research consultant for the Centre for Migration and Refugee Studies at the American University in Cairo, the North Africa Mixed Migration Task Force, Transparency International, UNHCR, and the World Social Forum. Angela has worked on migration reports produced by the Forensic Architecture research agency at Goldsmiths, University of London and has delivered lectures and tutorials at UNSW, University of Melbourne, and the Netherlands-Flemish Institute in Cairo (NVIC). Angela was a 2019 Fellow of Institute for Critical Social Inquiry (ICSI) in the Achille Mbembe seminar ‘Borders in the Age of Networks’ at the New School for Social Research.


  • Daniel McLoughlin
  • Ben Golder
  • Vicki Sentas

Area of Interest

Mobilities; political geography; aviation and air power; deportation; North Africa; air, breath and atmosphere; security practices; colonial and postcolonial histories; critical theory.



  • 2021: ‘Aerial Policing of the Mediterranean: colonial imaginaries and contemporary bordering practices, Royal Geographical Society conference: Borders, Borderlands, Bordering

    2021: ‘“I still call Australia home”: Air Deportation and the Settler Colony’, Institute of Australian Geographers & New Zealand Geographical Society Conference: Remembering, Reimagining Geography

    2021: ‘Contesting Air Deportation from the Settler Colony’, Deportation, its Contestations and its Aftermath, Oxford Migration and Mobility Network

    2020: ‘The Air Between Us: Connectivity, Vulnerability and Futures’ at Millennium Conference 2020: Entanglements and Detachments in Global Politics

    2020: ‘Aerial Bordering Practices in the Mediterranean’ at the Kaldor Emerging Scholars Network workshop

    2019: ‘Political Geography of Deportation’ at Law and Society Association (LSA), Washington DC

    2019: ‘Political Geography of Deportation’ at International Conference of Critical Geography (ICCG), Athens

    2018: ‘West Sentinel: An Island Solution?’, audio documentary presented at The State of the Global Protection System for Refugees and Migrants conference, Calcutta Research Group, Calcutta

    2016: ‘The Problem with Counting: Research on Mixed Migration in North Africa’ at Migration Crises and Challenges to the Nation State conference, Cairo University, Cairo