Lalaine Siruno MA, MSc

PhD fellow

Research group(s):
6. Migration and Development
8. Population, Development and Labour Economics

Lalaine joined UNU-MERIT in August 2019. She has a bachelor's degree in Philosophy (magna cum laude) from the University of the Philippines - Diliman, a double master of arts degree in Applied Ethics from Linköping University and Utrecht University, and a master of science degree in the Governance of Migration and Diversity from Erasmus University Rotterdam (LDE programme with enrolment and courses in Leiden University, TU Delft and ISS-EUR). 

She has held research and/or teaching positions in various higher education institutions including the the University of the Philippines - Diliman, University of Oslo, and TU Delft. She has also been a visiting researcher at the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI), University of Oxford.

Building on her previous research work on irregular migration, her PhD thesis is a qualitative empirical project involving Filipino migrants (particularly those working in the domestic sector) in the Netherlands and in Italy, and their family or household members in the Philippines. It explores how migration status interacting with other macro-, meso-, and micro-level factors bears upon the functionings or human development outcomes of both individual migrants and their households. The project focuses on functionings that manifest through the mechanisms of remittances and of recognition. The objective is to elucidate a more nuanced and dynamic understanding of the relationship between (irregular) migration and human development. 

Teaching duties (AY 2020-21):

  1. Tutor (Teaching assistant): Public Economics, Master's in Public Policy and Human Development (MPP)
  2. Research tutor: Evidence-Based Policy Research Methods (EPRM)


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