Laure Sandoz

The mobility of the highly skilled towards Switzerland

Laure Sandoz currently works as a doctoral researcher at the Institute for Cultural Anthropology and European Ethnology of the University of Basel. She is part of the NCCR On the Move, an interdisciplinary project financed by the Swiss National Science Foundation, which aims at enhancing the understanding of contemporary migration patterns ( She contributes to the project by researching on the mobility of the highly skilled towards Switzerland.

Supervisor: Walter Leimgruber

Co-Supervisor: Anne-Catherine Wagner (Université Paris 1/EHESS)



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 the tropical region of Alto Beni, Bolivia. Parallel to her studies, Laure Sandoz also worked as an 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.

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