In seeking to develop active research on placing the concept of ‘human security’ at the heart of Western interventionary responses to the Mediterranean crisis, a core Haven Project aim has been to advance Masters-level research on humanitarian intervention by linking students on the MA in ESD programme at NUI Galway with the expertise and networks of GOWC. In the summer of 2016, two excellent MA research projects (by Teo Bicchieri and Ryan Browne) were completed with academic support from NUI Galway and GOWC. Both projects critiqued aspects of the biopolitical management regimes of the EU and the social construction of the figure of the refugee within. In addition, a recently graduated MA in ESD student, Thomas Hughes, was supported throughout the summer by GOWC as he prepared a PhD application to pursue research on a central Haven Project theme: Ireland’s management of refugees via the direct provision mechanism. Thomas subsequently secured research funding from NUI Galway, and began his PhD in September 2016.