Clemens Binder

Clemens Binder


Clemens Binder is a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for Military Studies, Department of Political Science. His specialization lies in the security politics of the European Union with a focus on migration, borders, but also defence. He is currently working on a project at CMS on the changes in the Common Security and Defence Policy after Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Before, he worked for over seven years at the Austrian Institute for International Affairs, where he was involved in multiple projects on international security and technology policy.

Clemens holds a PhD from the University of Vienna, where his project "The Politics of Research and Development in Border Security" was funded through the DOC-stipend of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. In the course of his PhD, Clemens has spent research stays at Université Libre de Bruxelles and King's College London that were funded through the Marietta Blau-stipend of the Austrian Academic Exchange Service. His work has been published in journals such as the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies or Surveillance & Society as well as in edited volumes

Current research

In his current research, Clemens explores the intersections of rationalities of security and the evolution of research and development infrastructures in Europe. Here, he focuses especially on border security and migration control, but recently also with emerging technologies in defence applications.

Primary fields of research

  • Migration and Border Security
  • Technology and Security
  • EU Security and Defence
  • Critical Security Studies
  • Political Sociology
  • Qualitative Methods


Clemens Binder is supervising Master's theses and in summer term 2024 teaches the module "The Politics of Migration Control: Critical Social Science Approaches" at the Department of Political Science

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