Laura Foley

Position: Doctoral Student


Areas of interests: Labour Migration, Governance, Southeast Asia, Migration.

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Laura Foley has received a European Research Council PhD Studentship to conduct research on labour migration governance in Southeast Asia. This research is part of the MIGPROSP project (Prospects for International Migration Governance), a 5 year project funded by the European Research Council. Her doctoral research aims to explore how a governance system for labour migration in Southeast Asia has developed and how various types of actors within this network develop their understandings of the causes and consequences of the migration of workers in the region. She is supervised by Professor Andrew Geddes and Dr Genevieve LeBaron.

Prior to joining Sheffield, Laura worked for five years with migrants and refugees in the UK and Ireland. She has worked for the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI) in London where she was involved in organising campaigns which highlight the positive roles migrants play in society.
Laura has previously worked as a Legal Officer at the New Communities Partnership (NCP), a migrant-led organisation based in Ireland. She has also completed research placements working on a Refugee and Migration Hub being developed by Purpose, and as part of the Social Attitudes team at the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) in London. She has a B.A (hons) Sociology & French degree from Trinity College Dublin, an MSc (hons) International Relations from University College Dublin and an LLM (hons) International Human Rights Law & Development from London South Bank University.