PhD topic: The Mobility of the Highly Skilled towards Switzerland

Field(s) of research: Social Sciences, Social and Cultural Anthropology, Migration Studies

Field(s) of interest: Migration intermediaries; Migration industry; Migration-Mobility nexus; Migration governance; Inequalities; Social mobility and distinction; Social categories; Swiss politics of admission

Institutional Affiliation: Institute of European Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, University of Basel/NCCR On the Move


Personal background: Laure Sandoz studied social anthropology, psychology and migration studies in Switzerland (University of Neuchâtel) and Germany (Freie Universität Berlin). As part of her Master in social sciences, she specialized in development studies. She conducted an ethnographic field-research on the local re-appropriations of an agroforestry project in tropical Bolivia and won the Academic Interdisciplinary Award for Sustainable Development of the University of Neuchâtel. Parallel to her studies, Laure Sandoz worked as a secretary and administrative coordinator at the Centre for Migration Law, a collaboration between researchers in law and social sciences from the Universities of Neuchâtel, Bern and Fribourg.

Migrationscholars working groups: Des faits plutôt que des mythes