Diletta Lauro is a DPhil Candidate at the Refugee Studies Centre, Department of International Development, University of Oxford. Holding an undergraduate degree in International Relations with a specialization in political philosophy from the University of St Andrews, and an MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies from the University of Oxford, her research approach is qualitative and spans the disciplines of migration/forced migration studies, political theory and sociology.
Her doctoral research explores the ethical and political controversies raised by the state practice of expulsion of irregularly migrants by looking at civil society contestations of deportation on the ground. Diletta has also been involved in more policy-oriented research, consulting for the Overseas Development Institute on the drivers of irregular migration to Europe and reporting to the UN Special Representative on International Migration on the ‘UK Civil Society Consultation Event’ as part of the Global Compact for Migration. Over the years, Diletta has been active in volunteering with a number of refugee local charities and NGOs, including visiting migrants held in Detention Centres.