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Laura Lambert

Senior Researcher, Leuphana University

Laura Lambert, Dr. des. phil., is a postdoctoral researcher in the ERC project "Doing Digital Identities", based at Leuphana University/Lueneburg, where she is responsible for the case study on Sierra Leone. Before, she was interim head of the research cluster “Patterns of (Forced) Migration” at Arnold Bergstraesser Institute in Freiburg, Germany. Her prior PhD research “everyday externalization” (funded by the Max Planck Society) is an ethnographic exploration of the EU externalization of refugee protection to Niger and its unintended consequences in the everyday life of the cooperating third state. Her wider research interests include refugee recognition and protection, bureaucracies, migration regimes and migrant struggles, future-making and infrastructures. She is the co-founder of the West Africa working group at


  • 2023–present
    Senior research fellow, Leuphana University
  • 2022–2023
    Senior research fellow, University of Freiburg


  • 2022 
    Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Anthropology