Mathilde Darley is a CNRS researcher and vice-director of the Cesdip (Centre for sociological research on law and criminal justice, Guyancourt, France), an interdisciplinary research centre specialising in criminal justice issues. Her research interests include border control, migrants’ detention, police work, gender, sex work and human trafficking.
She completed her PhD (2008) at the CEFRES (Centre français de recherche en sciences sociales) in Prague and at Sciences-Po Paris on migration control along the Schengen border and then worked as a CNRS researcher at the Centre Marc Bloch in Berlin until 2014. Back in France, she coordinated the ANR-DFG research project ProsCrim (2014-2018) on human being trafficking in France and Germany. She is now one of the principal investigators of the European CrimScapes (2020-2024) research project (https://www.norface-governance.eu/research-projects/crimscapes-navigatin...).
Her research works have been published in different peer-reviewed journals as well as in book chapters, in French and English. Her most recent publications include the special issue “Sexe, droit et migrations. La traite des êtres humains saisie par les institutions” (Cultures & Conflits, 2021) ; the book chapter “Policing and Gender in France” (with J. Gauthier, in J. de Maillard, W. Skogan, Policing in France, Routledge, 2021); and the peer-reviewed articles “Juger la traite des êtres humains en France et en Allemagne: la construction pénale de la victim d’exploitation sexuelle” (Sociétés contemporaines, 2022) and “Caring for Victims of Human Trafficking: Staging and Bridging Cultural Differences in Germany and France” (with A. Dölemeyer, Sociologus, 2020). She is currently finalizing an edited volume on Trafficking and Sex Work. Gender, Race and Public Order (Routledge, to be published in 2022).