I am a first year PhD student at the Sociology Department of the Stockholm University. I hold a BSc degree in Social Psychology from the University of Groningen and a MA degree in Social Sciences from the Humboldt University in Berlin.
My research interests are related to forced migration and border criminology. I am interested in the historical and discursive developments of the labels assigned to people on the move. An example would be the binary of the ‘bogus versus genuine refugee’; the case of asylum seekers from the ‘safe countries of origin’ or the so called ‘economic refugees’.
In particular, I am interested in the role media takes in representation of asylum seekers and refugees who are institutionally deemed as unwanted and increasingly criminalized. In contrast, migration and refuge are highly subjective and unique experiences of individuals or smaller groups.
The aim of my research is to uncover and highlight the nuances which gender and ethnicity bring into play before and during flight of these highly politicized groups. I aim to do so by using visual sources and methods, conducting interviews and through participant observation.
"Refugee Research Methodologies Workshop"
Istanbul, 11-13 November 2016