Laura FoleyLaura Foley has received a European Research Council PhD Studentship to conduct research on migration governance in the Asia Pacific region at the University of Sheffield. She has previously studied and researched migration, human rights and international relations, particularly in the area of policies relating to the integration of migrants and refugees.

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. 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 the Social Attitudes team at the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) in London.

She holds a B.A. in Sociology and French from Trinity College Dublin, an MSc in International Relations from University College Dublin and an LLM in International Human Rights and Development (scholarship recipient) from London South Bank University.