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About Laura Cleton

Laura is a PhD researcher in Political Science. Her project deals with migration control policy and programmes in Europe, in particular the construction of migrant deportability from an intersectional perspective. In doing so, the project outlines the various intersectional logics institutionalized in these policies, and how they shape the deportable status of undocumented migrants. 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). She concurrently works together w/ Saskia Bonjour on a book chapter on feminist migration studies (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) and one of the founders of the IMISCOE Research Initiative on Return Migration (RET-MIG).

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  • buitenlands doctoraatsbursaal


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