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Laura Antona

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PhD candidate in Human Geography & Urban Studies


Laura holds an MSc in Building and Urban Design in Development (Distinction) and a BSc in Urban Planning, Design and Management (First Class Honours); both from the Bartlett, University College London.

Between studying for these awards, Laura has gained experience working with local authorities in the UK, as well as working as a Postgraduate Teaching Assistant in the Bartlett School of Planning. Laura has worked in South-East Asia with different international NGO’s and has co-founded a not-for-profit design studio, CatalyticAction, which is currently working to provide educational spaces for refugees in Lebanon.

Laura’s research seeks to uncover the multiple ways in which urban space is reclaimed and redefined through everyday, gendered, resistant practices. Her PhD focuses on the narratives of domestic workers, moving from the South-East Asian region to East Asian cities.

Research Interests

  • Gender and the everyday
  • The right to the city
  • Resistance and social movements
  • Urban divisions, borders and enclaves
  • Migration and diaspora

Thesis Title: Divisions and Resistance: Migrant Domestic Workers and the Right to the City 

Academic Supervisors

Laura Antona