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
Dr Daniela DeBono is Senior Lecturer at the Department of Anthropological Sciences, University of Malta. She was previously Senior Lecturer in International Migration and Ethnic Relations at the Department of Global Political Studies, and Marie Curie COFAS Research Fellow at the Malmö Institute for the Studies of Migration, Welfare and Diversity, both at Malmö University (Sweden). She was a research fellow at the European University Institute (Fiesole, Italy) for two years between 2016-2018. Broadly, her main research interests lie in the migration-human rights nexus. Currently she is looking at the impact of the EU’s migration and border policies on the daily life in Mediterranean border towns, with a focus on Lampedusa, Malta and Western Sicily.

She has conducted ethnographic projects on irregular migration in Malta, deportation practices from Sweden and hospitality practices on the external borders of the EU with a focus on southern Italy, Sicily (incl. Lampedusa) and Malta. In relation to these projects, she has published on irregular migration in the Mediterranean, hospitality in the immigration field, on return and deportation from the EU, on citizenship and on children's rights. Her research has been funded by the Marie Curie Actions of the EU, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare (FORTE), European Return Fund, Malmö University’s Rektor’s Funds, the UK Government (Commonwealth Funds) and the Commissioner for Children’s Office of Malta.

Apart from Malmö University, she has lecturing experience at the University of Connecticut in London, the University of Malta and the University of Sussex.

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
  • ANT2050 - Anthropology of Borders
  • ANT3033 - Current Issues in Cultural and Social Anthropology: Synoptic Revisions
  • ANT3066 - Synoptic Study-Unit: General Anthropology
  • ANT3067 - Synoptic Study-Unit: Regional and Global Anthropology
  • ANT3068 - Synoptic Study-Unit: General Anthropology
  • ANT3069 - Synoptic Study-Unit: Regional and Global Anthropology
  • ANT5072 - Forced Migration and the Humanitarian Border: Anthropological Perspectives