Department of Business Humanities and Law

PhD defence: Eileen Murphy



In order to obtain the PhD degree, Eileen Murphy has submitted her thesis entitled:


In Service to Security:

Constructing the Authority to Manage European Border Data Infrastructures


My research explores how the European Union Agency for the Operational Management of Large-Scale IT Systems in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice (eu-LISA) seeks to make sense of its work and role in the field of European (in)security. Based on fieldwork carried out at the headquarters of the Agency, I identify service as a central logic shaping the ways in which contemporary security is constructed, contested, debated, and defined. This argument is explored across three articles that contribute to key debates in the Critical Security Studies (CSS) literature, exploring matters of (de)securitisation, (de)politicisation and relations of power in the management of border data infrastructures.


Primary Supervisor:
Professor Mitchell Dean

Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy

Copenhagen Business School


Secondary Supervisor:

Professor Anna Leander

Department of International Relations/Political Science

Geneva Graduate Institute


Assessment Committee:

Associate Professor Thomas Lopdrup-Hjorth (Chair)

Department of Organization

Copenhagen Business School


Professor Alexandra Schwell

Institut für Kulturanalyse

Universität Klagenfurt


Professor Louise Amoore

Department of Geography

University of Durham


The thesis will be available from


The CBS PhD School will host a reception, which will take place immediately after the defence in the Lobby.


Organised by

CBS PhD School


10 March 2023




Copenhagen Business School
Porcelænshaven 22
2000 Frederiksberg
Room: PHRs20 (Råvarebygningen)


It will also be possible to attend the defence via Teams on this link.


*Please note in connection with the online defence that the microphone and camera of all spectators must be turned off!


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