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About Laura Cleton

Laura is a PhD researcher in Political Science, working under supervision of Prof. Dr. Petra Meier.  Her research focusses on  the discursive legitimization of migration management policies, especially in the domain of forced and 'voluntary' return policy. She focusses on the question of for who return is legitimized, for what reasons and how such a return should look like, tying to literature on 'moral economy' and 'stratified access to rights', at the EU and Dutch level. 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.

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  • buitenlands doctoraatsbursaal


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