Laura Foley

Laura Foley

PhD Research Student


Website: @LauraCFoley


B.A (hons) Sociology & French, Trinity College Dublin
MSc (hons) International Relations, University College Dublin
LLM (hons) International Human Rights Law & Development, London South Bank University


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 led by Professor Andrew Geddes.

For five years, Laura has been working 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 such as the ‘I am an Immigrant’ campaign which was hugely successful in the UK and overseas. She also worked on developing the global ‘I am a Migrant’ campaign with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), and the ‘I am a Refugee’ campaign for Refugee Week 2016.

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

PhD Research

PhD Title: The governance of labour migration in Southeast Asia

Supervisors: Professor Andrew Geddes and Professor Nicola Phillips

Brief Summary: This research project 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.

This research is part of the Prospects for International Migration Governance (MIGPROSP) project, which is a five-year European Research Council-funded project that analyses the drivers of migration governance.

Conferences and Activities

Co-organiser of 3rd Annual Postgraduate Migration Conference, 15th June 2017 at the University of Sheffield

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