Laura Scheinert


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Laura is a PhD Candidate in Human Geography at the University of Exeter, investigating the training of judges who work in refugee status determination. In a comparative mixed-methods approach she seeks to understand how judicial training supports status decisions in asylum appeals. She is a sociologist by training (MA Newcastle University, BA University of Mannheim) and has previous work experience in policy evaluation at the German Institute for Development Evaluation (DEval) in Bonn, Germany.

Title of PhD thesis: Training judges in refugee status determination
Affiliation: University of Exeter, Department of Human Geography
Supervisors: Prof Nick Gill (Exeter), Dr Ana Beduschi (Exeter), Dr Emma Tonkin (Bristol)

Recent publications:

  • Scheinert, L., Guffler, K., Polak, J.T. and Bruder, M. (2019): “International development volunteering: An instrument for promoting education in line with the Sustainable Development Goals?”, International Journal of Development Education and Global Learning, 11(1): 4–28. [URL]
  • Polak, J.T., Guffler, K. and Scheinert, L. (2017): “weltwärts Volunteers and their Civic Engagement in Germany”, German Institute for Development Evaluation (DEval), Bonn. [URL]
  • Scheinert, L. (2017): “Collapsing Discourses in Refugee Protection Policies: Exploring the Case of Germany’s Temporary Humanitarian Admission Programmes”, movements. Journal for Critical Migration and Border Regime Studies, 3(1): 129–140. [URL]
  • Scheinert, L. (2016): “Sichere Einreise: Deutschlands Aufnahmeprogramme für syrische Flüchtlinge 2013–2015 und ihre Folgen für Asylpolitik und Flüchtlingszuwanderung [Safe Entry Routes: Germany’s Admission Programmes for Syrian Refugees 2013–2015 and Their Consequences for Asylum Policy and Refugee Immigration]”, Kurzdossier Flucht und Asyl: Grundlagen, Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung, April 2016. [URL]

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