Laura Cleton MSc


Research group(s):
6. Migration and Development

Laura Cleton is a researcher in return migration & development at UNU-MERIT and finishing her PhD in Political Science at the University of Antwerp. Her PhD project relies on feminist intersectionality theory to unravel the ways the Dutch and Belgian authorities legitimize the expulsion of undocumented migrant children by centring the intertwinement of discursive "boundary work" with "bordering practices". At UNU-Merit, Laura works on the Connecting Diasporas for Development (CD4D) evaluation project. This project seeks to understand whether a skilled temporary return programme supported by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) generates the knowledge and skills transfers envisioned and, if so, the mechanisms by which returning migrants support or engage in knowledge exchange. Prior to starting her postdoc and PhD, she worked as a junior lecturer (University of Amsterdam) and a junior researcher (Utrecht University). She acts as the secretary of the Dutch Association for Migration Research (DAMR). Her research interests include migration governance, migration policies & politics, voluntary and forced return migration, feminist approaches to migration studies and family migration.