I am an early career researcher with an interest in local rights-based migration governance and refugee solidarity initiatives.
As a Ph.D. researcher in the Cities of Refuge project, I researched the relevance of human rights as law, praxis and discourse for local approaches to refugee reception and inclusion in Dutch and German cities. While the Cities of Refuge project focuses on urban municipalities,
my research also analyses local approaches to refugee reception and inclusion in rural municipalities and shrinking regions in the Netherlands.
Some of my previous research projects (2015-2017) focused on analyzing refugees' (re)settlement experiences in Dutch small towns and cities and refugees reflections on the potential of digital and social media to resolve spatial and temporal uncertainties that result from particular modes of refugee reception governance, such as dispersal policies.
I hold a MA in Social and Political Thought from the University of Sussex (UK) and also have a background in Urban Geography and Migration Studies (MSc, Utrecht University). As part of my postgraduate research I worked on a participatory digital media research project 'From Refugee to Resident' together with peers and friends from Eritrea and Syria.