Dr Daniela DeBono

Dr Daniela DeBono

Dr Daniela DeBono

 B.A.(Melit.),M.A.(Melit.), Ph.D.(Sus.)

Senior Lecturer

Room 101 Blk A
Porta Cabin
University of Malta
Daniela DeBono is a Resident Academic at the University of Malta at the Department for Anthropological Sciences where she teaches courses, among others, on refugees, migration and displacement, borders, humanitarian action and human rights. She is also Research Coordinator of the Research Node 'Displacement, Democratisation and Development' at the Mediterranean Institute. She is an Affiliate of the Malmö Institute for the Studies of Migration, Welfare and Diversity (MIM).

Previously she was Associate Professor in International Migration and Ethnic Relations at the Department of Global Political Studies, Malmö University. She held a Marie Curie COFAS Research Fellowship at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute and was a Research Fellow at MIM. She was awarded a doctorate from the University of Sussex, where she was based at the Sussex Centre for Migration Research; and the Associate Professorship from Malmö University. She has conducted long-term ethnographic research on irregularised migration across the Mediterranean, border control and management in Malta, Lampedusa and Western Sicily. She also undertook an ethnographic study on deportation from Sweden. In relation to these projects, she has published on irregularised migration in the Mediterranean, hospitality and humanitarianism in the immigration field, on return and deportation from the EU, on citizenship and on children's rights.

Daniela is the country expert for Malta at the Global Citizenship Observatory, European University Institute and has authored a series of reports on citizenship law and policy, naturalisation and access to electoral rights.
  • Migration studies
  • Border studies
  • Confinement
  • Humanitarianism
  • Mediterranean studies

DEBONO, D. and MAINWARING, C., 2020. Transgressive solidarity : from Europe’s cities to the Mediterranean sea. 10(4), pp. 90–106.

DEBONO, D., 2020. The Libya-Italy Migration Corridor. In: BASTIA, TANIA, SKELDON,RON, ed, Oxon: Routledge, pp. 462-467.

DEBONO, D., 2019. Narrating the humanitarian border: Moral deliberations of territorial borderworkers on the EU’s Mediterranean border. Journal of Mediterranean Studies, 28(1), pp. 55-73.

DEBONO, D., 2019. Plastic hospitality: The empty signifier at the EU's external border. Migration Studies, 7(3),.

DEBONO, D., 2018. In defiance of the reception logic: the case for including NGOs as human rights monitors in the EU’s policies of first reception of irregular migrants. Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, 24(3), pp. 291-295.

DEBONO, D., 2017. 'Burning without fire' in Sweden: The paradox of the state’s attempt to safeguard deportees’ psychosocial wellbeing. In: VATHI, ZANA, KING,RUSSELL, ed, Oxon: Routledge, pp. 129-147.

DEBONO, D., 2016. Malta. In: CARRERA NUNEZ, S, DE GROOT,GR, ed, Oisterwijk: Wolf Legal, pp. 441-479.

DEBONO, D., 2016. Returning and Deporting Irregular Migrants: Not a Solution to the ‘Refugee Crisis’. Human Geography, 9(2), pp. 101-112.

MUSCAT AZZOPARDI, M. and DEBONO, D., 2016. Let Me Thrive : A Research Study on Foster Care in Malta. Malta: Office of the Commissioner for Children.

BUTTIGIEG, EUGENE,DEBONO, DANIELA, 2015. Country Report on Citizenship Law: Malta. Fiesole: EUDO Citizenship Observatory, European University Institute.

DEBONO, DANIELA, RONNQVIST, SOFIA,MAGNUSSON, KARIN, 2015. Humane and Dignified? Migrants' Experiences of Living in a 'State of Deportability' in Sweden, Malmo: Malmo University. Malmo: Malmo University.

DEBONO, D., 2013. A ‘Disempowering System’: Democratic Practices Militating Against the Realisation of Human Rights of Irregular Migrants in Malta. Journal of Mediterranean Studies, 22(1),.

DEBONO, D., 2013. Access to Electoral Rights - Malta. Fiesole: EUDO Citizenship Observatory, European University Institute.

DEBONO, D., 2013. 'Less than human': the detention of irregular immigrants in Malta. Race and Class, 55(2), pp. 55-71.

DEBONO, D., 2013. Naturalisation Procedures for Immigrants - Malta. Fiesole: EUDO Citizenship Observatory, European University Institute.

KING, RUSSELL,DEBONO, DANIELA, 2013. Irregular Migration and the 'Southern European Migration Model' of Migration. Journal of Mediterranean Studies, 22(1), pp. 1-31.

DEBONO, D., 2012. 'Human rights for the Maltese first': Irregular migration and human rights in Malta. In: P. XUEREB, ed, Malta: Midsea books, .

DEBONO, D., 2011. 'Not our problem': Why the detention of irregular migrants is not considered a human rights issue in Malta. In: DEMBOUR, MARIE-BENEDICTE, KELLY,TOBIAS, ed, Oxon: Routledge, .

DEBONO, D., 2008. Poverty-induced cross-border migration: Socio-economic rights and international solidarity. In: P. XUEREB, ed, Malta: Midsea books, pp. 179-189.

  • ANT1004 - Ethnography and Anthropological Theory
  • ANT2008 - Ethnographic Research Strategies
  • ANT2050 - Anthropology of Borders
  • ANT3033 - Current Issues in Cultural and Social Anthropology: Synoptic Revisions
  • ANT5072 - Forced Migration and the Humanitarian Border: Anthropological Perspectives
  • SWP2141 - Social Policy Workshops 1
  • SWP5027 - Areas of Social Policy