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About Laura Cleton

Laura is a PhD researcher in Political Science. Her research focusses on the discursive construction of migrant deportability, by focussing on return and readmission policies in the Netherlands and Belgium. She especially pays attention to the differentiated nature of this concept, and therefore aims to contribute to an enriched understanding of how and through which mechanisms different deportable immigrant groups are made variably subject to new and increasing forms of punitive governance. Previously, Laura worked as a junior lecturer at the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences at the University of Amsterdam and as a junior researcher at the department of Geography and Spatial Planning at Utrecht University. She received her BSc in Cultural Anthropology and Development Studies (Radboud University Nijmegen) and her MSc (res) in Social Sciences (University of Amsterdam). She published on the implementation of assisted voluntary return programs in the Netherlands w/ Sébastien Chauvin (Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies) and w/ Reinhard Schweitzer (IMI Working Paper Series), on accessing the deportation apparatus in the Netherlands (KWALON: Tijdschrif voor Kwalitatief Onderzoek) and has a forthcoming chapter on categorization in family migration policies worldwide w/ Saskia Bonjour (Edward Elgar Publishers). Her research interests include 'voluntary' and forced return, migration management, critical and interpretative policy studies, gender and intersectionality and family migration.

Laura is a board member of the Association for Assisting and Non-Statutory Academic Personnel (VABAP), secretary of the Dutch Association of Migration Research (DAMR) and one of the founders of the IMISCOE Research Initiative on Return Migration (RET-MIG).

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