Dr Laura Antona

Lecturer and Lead Class Teacher

Department of Geography and Environment

Key Expertise
Migration/mobility, Detention, Refuge, Intersectionality, Domestic labour

About me

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 awarded by University College London. In addition to studying for these awards, Laura has gained experiences working with local authorities in the UK and as a Graduate teaching Assistant at the Bartlett School of Planning (UCL) and at the LSE. Laura has also worked in South-East Asia and was one of the co-founders of a not-for-profit design studio, Catalytic Action.

Laura’s PhD research focuses on the lived experiences of migrant domestic workers who are no longer willing/able to work-for/live-with their employers in Singapore. Having spent just under a year in a shelter that houses and supports this population, her research considers how the residents negotiated their everyday lives while living with ambiguity and uncertainty. She focuses particularly on the the ways in which migrant workers' mobility is regulated by the state (and other actors) and how practices of detention/deportation are enacted.

Thesis Title: Anatomies and Apparatuses of Violence. The Everyday Encounters of Migrant Domestic Workers in Singapore.

Academic Supervisors

Hyun Bang Shin
Sylvia Chant

Expertise Details

body politics; violence; feminist ethnography.