Laura is a PhD researcher in Political Science, working under supervision of Prof. Dr. Petra Meier. Her research focusses on the discursive construction of deportation (forced return) and especially sheds light on how the condition of deportability can be understood as stratified. By seeing the 'removability' of irregularized migrants as stratified, her research contributes to fostering an enriched understanding of how different immigrant groups are made variably subject to new and increasing forms of punitive controls. 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). 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).