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Leslie Ader

Leslie Ader has a diverse interdisciplinary background. She completed a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, History & Pre-Law at Lebanon Valley College, her initial M.A. in International Peace and Conflict Resolution at Arcadia University, and another Master’s degree in Nationalism Studies at Central European University. Leslie also has fieldwork experience in Eastern Europe and the Balkans, working on advocacy projects for asylum seekers and disabled children. She is currently working on her doctorate that examines the legal discourses and narratives surrounding welfare rights for “disabled migrants” in Switzerland.


Jenna Althoff

Jenna Althoff is a migration researcher with emphasis on structures and agency in migration governance, politico-institutional contexts of mobility regulation, and migration policy analysis. Her expertise also covers narratives and discourses on migration, evaluation of integration measures and concepts, analyses of mobility within and across labour markets, and knowledge transfer on migration topics. She has been working for various research institutes, think tanks and consultancies, and in different countries, for example Germany, Hungary, Belgium, Switzerland.

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Jasmine Andenmatten

Jasmine Andenmatten is currently working as a research and teaching assistant at the chair of Prof. Dr. Martina Caroni at the University of Lucerne. Since August 2020, she is part of AsyLex. Before that, she has done an internship at the Immigration Office in Basel-Stadt and at the UNHCR Office for Switzerland and Liechtenstein and worked for the Immigration Office in Lucerne. Her PhD thesis deals with the right to health in the asylum procedure.


Daniel Auer



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Clara Bombach

Clara Bombach, MA Social and Cultural Anthropology, is a lecturer for Social Work at Bern University of Applied Sciences. Specializing in qualitative research, she focusses on child, youth welfare and forced migration studies, specifically examining the experiences of young children and adolescents in out-of-home placements and asylum shelters. Her dissertation at the University of Zurich, that she successfully defended in spring 2023, is an ethnography about the everyday lives of children and their families in Swiss asylum centers. She is interested in the conditions children need to grow up well and safely and passionate about creating safe and nurturing environments for children. 

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Jonas Bornemann

Jonas Bornemann is a postdoctoral researcher at the Université de Lausanne and the HES-SO Valais-Wallis and a postdoctoral fellow of the nccr – on the move. His research predominantly focuses on EU constitutional and migration law. Previously, Jonas worked as a doctoral researcher at the University of Konstanz and as a legal trainee at the Odysseus Network for Legal Studies on Immigration and Asylum in Europe.


Lisa Marie Borrelli



Aliénor Bossard

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Palmo Brunner

Palmo Brunner is a PhD candidate and teaching assistant at the University of Zurich's Political Science Department. Her research areas encompass diaspora and immigrant politics, transnationalism, social movements, and contentious politics. Her dissertation investigates the voice of diasporas within the dynamics of democracy and autocracy, considering both inclusive and illiberal state policies. Focusing on the Tibetan diaspora in Switzerland and Canada, her qualitative study explores how diaspora mobilization is simultaneously embedded in and shaped by multiple contexts. Additionally, Palmo contributes to public health research projects at Chair of Democracy and Public Governance.


Oleksii Chebotarov



Myriam Conijn


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Emirhan Darcan

Dr Emirhan Darcan - SNF SAR Fellow - works at the Institute of Criminal Law and Criminology at the Faculty of Law of the University of Bern. He came to the university with the Scholars at Risk program, which is an international network that supports researchers at risk.
Emirhan Darcan researches and teaches on the topics of radicalization and de-radicalization, police and society, crime and public order, and much more. Emirhan Darcan is also involved in the initiative "Education for All - Now!", which campaigns for the integration of refugees
in school, training and work. The initiative demands simplified access to education as a basic right for all.
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Nula Frei

Dr. iur. Nula Frei works as a senior assistant at the Institute for European Law at the University of Fribourg. She was previously a research assistant at the Center for Migration Law and the Swiss Competence Centre for Human Rights at the University of Bern. She wrote her dissertation on the protection of human trafficking victims in asylum procedures. Additionally, she is the author of numerous publications on asylum and refugee law. She previously worked at the UNHCR office for Switzerland and Lichtenstein.

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Angie Gago

Angie Gago is a Senior Researcher at the Centre of Comparative, European and International Law of the University of Lausanne and a post-doctoral Fellow of the National Center of Competence in Research (NCCR − On the Move) for migration and mobility studies. She obtained her PhD in Political Studies at the University of Milan in 2018. Her research interests are multi-level politics, institutions and public policy. More specifically, she is interested in the interplay between European Union politics and national political dynamics and policy-making. Her research has been published in the Journal of European Integration, Irish Political Studies and South European Society and Politics, among others.


Mia Gandenberger

Mia Gandenberger is a PhD student at the Swiss Graduate School of Public Administration (IDHEAP) of the University of Lausanne. Her research interests include social and economic inequalities, social policy, and public opinion towards redistribution in welfare states in diverse societies. She holds a Master in Socioeconomics with Option Population Studies from the University of Geneva and a Bachelor’s degree in Political and Administrative Science from the University of Konstanz.


Teresia Gordzielik



Anne-Laurence Graf

Anne-Laurence Graf-Brugère is a senior researcher at the Swiss Centre of Expertise in Human Rights, thematic cluster migration. She is affiliated to the Universities of Neuchatel and Bern. Her recent researches focus on the prosecution of human trafficking for the purpose of labour exploitation in Switzerland, the impact of the Istanbul Convention (gender-specific violence) on the Swiss asylum law and practice and the relevance of the Global Compact on Migration for Switzerland. She is also part of the team that was mandated by the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM) to evaluate the legal protection and the decisions on asylum and return in the frame of the new accelerated asylum procedure.


Léa Hemmi

Léa Hemmi is currently working as a lawyer at the European Court of Human Rights in the Swiss Unit. Previously, she had a range of experience within the Swiss judicial system, both cantonal and federal, having notably practiced as an attorney-at-law and as a legal clerk at the Federal Administrative Court in asylum law.


Paula Hoffmeyer-Zlotnik

Paula Hoffmeyer-Zlotnik is a PhD student in political science at the University of Geneva. Her PhD research focusses on the interplay between migration and trade governance. She has studied political science and law in Münster and London and has previously worked as a Research Associate for the European Migration Network. Her research interests include EU politics, migration law and governance and the intersection between political science and legal studies.


David Hongler

David obtained a Bachelor and a Master of Law at the University of Zurich. During his studies, he worked as junior research assistant to Prof. Dr. Oliver Diggelmann at the Chair for International Law, European Law, Public Law and Philosophy of State. Later, he completed a second Master program in interdisciplinary China studies (with a focus on economics) at Peking University in Beijing. Having returned from China, he gained work experience at he Federal Administrative Court, the NGO Freiplatzaktion Zürich, as well as a law firm specialised in Migration Law. Since 2019, he serves as a board member of Freiplatzaktion Zürich. He is currently pursuing his PhD in public international law at the University of Zurich supported by the University's CANDOC scholarship. At the same time, he pursues research interests in Swiss and European refugee and migration law.


Jyothi Kanics

Jyothi Kanics has an interdisciplinary background including degrees in Russian & East European Studies and Russian Language & Literature (UNC-Chapel Hill) as well as a Masters in International Human Rights Law (University of Oxford) and a Masters in International Relations (Yale University). She carried out research in Switzerland as a Doctoral Fellow at the Faculty of Law of the University of Lucerne within the NCCR-on the Move, supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation. Her PhD dissertation presents a model for a child-rights based regularisation mechanism, which would enable undocumented children to fulfil their right to be heard and to have their best interests considered in such decisions. She has worked and published extensively on the human rights protection of migrants in vulnerable situations.


David Kaufmann



Nina Khamsy


Nina Khamsy is a PhD candidate in anthropology at the Geneva Graduate Institute. Her research is funded by the SNF Doc.CH grant and focuses on the impact of new technologies on forced migration. Using ethnographic methods, she conducts in-person and online research to shed light on the way smartphones and social media shape migration trajectories in Europe. Her fieldwork takes place between Switzerland and Southeast Europe among Afghans on the move. She holds a BA in International Relations (University of Geneva), an MA in Near and Middle Eastern Studies (SOAS, University of London), and an MSc in Social Anthropology (Oxford University).


Anne Kneer

After studying international relations in Geneva and law in Bern, Anne Kneer worked for more than six years at the Federal Administrative Court as a clerk in Division IV. In addition, she has published articles on topics such as credibility, appeal procedures and free administration of justice in asylum proceedings, and wrote her dissertation on "The asylum procedure as a special case - The specific characteristics of the asylum procedure as an explanation for deviations from the general administrative procedure" at the University of St.Gallen. Currently the head of the legal service of the Migration Office St. Gallen.


Anne-Cécile Leyvraz



Annika Lindberg


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Philipp Lutz

Philipp Lutz is a political scientist primarily interested in the political consequences of international migration with a focus on the comparative study of government policies and public opinion. He is currently a senior researcher at the University of Geneva and an assistant professor at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. He holds a PhD from the University of Bern (2019) and has been a guest researcher as the European University Institute (Fiesole, IT) and the London School of Economic and Political Science (UK).

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Maja Lysienia

Maja Lysienia holds a Master degree from the University of Warsaw, Poland, and a doctoral degree from the University of Zurich, Switzerland (summa cum laude). She specializes in international and EU migration and asylum law. Her doctoral dissertation focused on the judicial dialogue between the European Court of Human Rights and the Court of Justice of the European Union in the area of asylum. She is an author of numerous publications on national, international and EU asylum and migration law, including a report on Poland published yearly by the European Council on Refugees and Exiles within the Asylum Information Database (AIDA). She combines academic research with a first-hand experience in legal assistance to asylum seekers, refugees, migrants and stateless persons. With her legal expertise and experience, she supports international and civil society organizations, both in Switzerland and Poland.

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Noémie Mathivat

Noémie Mathivat is a PHD student at the University of Neuchâtel and research assistant at the Haute Ecole Pédagogique de Fribourg. After completing a Masters Degree in teaching French as Foreign Language in France and England and a Masters Degree for teaching in Switzerland she has been developing a professional experience in various contexts for many years: in private international schools, at the University of Jordan, in public schools in Switzerland as well as volunteering in an association that offers French classes to migrant learners. Throughout her teaching trajectory she has developed interests in the field of migration and mobility. Her PHD project aims at understanding the transnational school trajectories of migrant teenagers in Fribourg and Lausanne regarding the personal resources of the youngsters as well as the institutional context where they learn. She also works on migrant teachers’ professional integration in Swiss schools in the Research Unit 'Trajectoires' (HEPFR).


Livia Matter

Livia Matter currently is a PhD candidate at the University of Fribourg. Her PhD thesis examines the interoperability of EU information systems and its compatibility with the fundamental right to data protection.

Prior to commencing her dissertation, she worked as an asylum specialist at the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM). She holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of Basel and a bilingual Master's degree from the Universities of Basel and Geneva.

Research interests: migration law, human rights law, data protection law and European law.


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Cécile Navarro

Cécile Navarro is doctor in Social Sciences at the University of Lausanne and post-doctoral student at the Haute École de Suisse Occidentale Valais since January 2019. Her thesis, supported by a excellence grant from the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), examined the translocality of the rap music scene in Senegal through the physical and imaginary (im)mobility of its actors. Through her academic career, she has explored a wide variety of topics related to migration studies, from the expression of African ethnicity in Switzerland, to the pursuit of career trajectories through migration.


Jonathan Pärli



Luca Pfirter


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Monika Plozza

Monika Plozza is board member of the SNyMS. She is a research associate and PhD fellow at the University of Lucerne at the chair of Prof. Dr. Martina Caroni, LL.M. (Yale), Delegate for Human Rights at the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences. Monika studied law at the Universities of Lucerne and Edinburgh. Moreover, she was a Schindler Junior Scholar at the University of Zurich for the academic year 2021/2022.

Monika is writing a doctoral thesis with the working title ‘The Human Right to Science’. As part of her PhD project, she undertook research stays in 2022 at the Universities of Amsterdam, Copenhagen, and Oxford. Her research stays were completely funded by the Mobility Grant for Doctoral Students of swissuniversities (former doc.mobility grant of the Swiss National Science Foundation).

Her expertise includes human rights law, migration law, public international law, and Swiss constitutional law.

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Janine Prantl

Dr. iur. Janine Prantl is a senior researcher and lecturer in international and European law at the University of Fribourg. She completed a Bachelor’s degree in Comparative Literature at the University of Innsbruck, and her first law degree at the University of Vienna. For her dissertation, Janine set her research focus in international and European human rights and refugee law. The dissertation elaborated on the legal framework for refugee resettlement to the European Union, with comparative aspects from the US system. Janine also holds an LL.M. degree from Columbia University. She received a one-year post-graduate fellowship from Columbia to support the Global Strategic Litigation Council for Refugee Rights as Legal Fellow. Janine then worked on a project on community-based refugee sponsorships as Immigration Postdoctoral Associate at Cornell Law School before she came to Switzerland.


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Laure Sandoz

Laure Sandoz currently works as a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Geography of the University of Neuchâtel. She is part of the NCCR On the Move, an interdisciplinary project financed by the Swiss National Science Foundation, which aims to enhance the understanding of contemporary migration patterns. Her research interests include the interplay between mobility and social change, the influence of private sector intermediaries on migration governance, and the transformation of labour relations. She is the author of a book on the mobilities of the “highly skilled” towards Switzerland (Springer, 2019) and she published several peer-reviewed journal articles on selective migration policies, privileged mobilities, and transnational entrepreneurship.


Thomas Schaad

Thomas Schaad studied law at the University of Zurich. He then worked as a trainee in a Zurich law firm and was admitted to the Zurich bar in 2013. Subsequently, he worked as a litigating attorney, mainly in migration and criminal law. Since 2019 he is a research assistant at the chair of Prof. Dr. Giovanni Biaggini at the University of Zurich and is working on his PhD Thesis at the University of Bern under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Alberto Achermann on the obligation to cooperate under the Federal Act on Foreign Nationales and Integration.


Stefan Schlegel



Samuel David Schmid

Sam Schmid is a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer at the Department of Political Science at the University of Lucerne in Switzerland. He holds a PhD in Social and Political Sciences from the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. Sam specializes in the comparative
analysis of migration and citizenship politics and policy as well as democracy measurement. His research has received several awards and has appeared in the Journal of Common Market Studies, International Migration Review, Comparative Migration Studies, Global Policy, the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Democratization, and European Political Science.


Mathis Schnell

Mathis Schnell a PhD-candidate at the Laboratoire d’études des processus sociaux (LAPS) of the University of Neuchâtel. In his dissertation, he is examining the institutional discourse around deservingness in the domain of asylum, notably claims based on the persecution due to gender identity and/or sexual orientation. Further, he is active as a teaching-assistant for quantitative methods on BA-level and associated with the NCCR - on the move.


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Alyssa Taylor

Alyssa Taylor is a PhD student at the Swiss Graduate School of Public Administration (IDHEAP) of the University of Lausanne. She holds a master’s degree in political science from the University of Mannheim (Germany), a bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a minor in economics as well as a bachelor’s degree in the German language from Ohio State University (USA). Her research focuses on questions at the intersection of citizenship, integration, noncitizen political rights, and public opinion and uses quantitative methods to analyze her research.


Dominique Tran

Dominique Tran holds a Bachelor and Master of Law from the University of Fribourg. After her studies, she volunteered for the "Mentoring Integration Project" of Caritas Vaud. Since January 2018, she has been working as a PhD candidate and research assistant at the Center of Public Law at the University of Lausanne under the supervision of Prof. Véronique Boillet. Her PhD project has the aim of delimiting the notion of integration and defining its role in the current context of Swiss Migration law through a human rights perspective.

Field(s) of research: Nationality law, Migration law, Human Rights Law, Constitutional law


Matthieu Vétois

Matthieu Vétois holds a MSc in experimental psychology from the University of Geneva. Since March 2019, he has been working as a PhD candidate and research assistant at the Social Psychology Unit of the University of Geneva. He is also part of the NCCR On the Move, an interdisciplinary project financed by the Swiss National Science Foundation, which aims to enhance the understanding of contemporary phenomena related to migration and mobility. His doctoral thesis, jointly supervised by Prof. Juan-Manuel Falomir and Prof. Eva Green, investigates the interplay between social norms and news coverage of immigration on attitudes towards immigration.
Field of research: social and political psychology, affective science


Carole Viennet



Maarja Vollmer

Maarja is a Doctoral Researcher at University of Neuchâtel within the project “Narratives of Crisis and Their Influence in Shaping Discourses and Policies of Migration and Mobility”. Her background is in sociology and she holds a Master’s degree on International Migration and Ethnic Relations from Malmö University in Sweden. Maarja has formerly carried out national and international research projects within the field of migration, integration, social cohesion and policy evaluation with both quantitative and qualitative approach. Before starting her PhD studies, she was working at the European Migration Network Estonian National Contact Point. Her research interests include migration governance, migration policy formation, securitisation of migration, and citizenship.


Barbara von Rütte

Barbara von Rütte currently works as a Postdoc at the Institute for European Global Studies at the University of Basel. Prior to that she has been a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Göttingen (D). She has written her PhD on the recognition of citizenship as a human right at the University of Berne within the framework of the NCCR - on the move. She has published widely in the field of citizenship, statelessness and migration law and acted as a consultant for the Council of Europe on administrative detention of foreign nationals. Since 2020 she is a member of the Federal Commission on Migration (EKM).


Nesa Zimmermann



Eva Zschirnt


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