Laura is a PhD researcher in Political Science. Her project looks at the politics of migration control in Europe, in particular the social construction of migrant deportability along lines of intersectional social locations. In doing so, the project describes and analyses the entangling of bordering unwanted non-citizens via return and removal based on their immigrant status, with boundary work rooted in hierarchies of inequality, looking predominantly at (the intersections of) age, health, race, gender, family situation and space/region of residence. Previously, Laura worked as a junior lecturer in 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 book chapter on feminist migration studies w/ Saskia Bonjour (Routledge). Her research interests include 'assisted voluntary return' and forced removal, migration government, humanitarianism, critical and interpretative policy studies, gender and intersectionality and family migration.
At the University of Antwerp, Laura is a board member of the Association for Assisting and Non-Statutory Academic Personnel (VABAP). She is also the secretary of the Dutch Association of Migration Research (DAMR), newsletter editor for the American Political Science Association (APSA) and one of the founders of the IMISCOE Research Initiative on Return Migration (RET-MIG).