I am an Associate Fellow in the School of Geography and Sustainable Development at the University of St Andrews where I was previously an Associate Lecturer. Prior to this, I was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Dundee working on a DFID-funded project with Prof Lorraine van Blerk that explored youth transitions in protracted crises. I also worked as a Research Fellow on an ESRC-funded project on the dynamics and policy implications of changes in international student mobility with Prof Allan Findlay and David McCollum at the University of St Andrews.
I have worked as a part-time lecturer in Geography at various universities: the University of St Andrews (UK), the University of Dundee (UK), Royal Holloway, University of London (UK), the University of Verona (Italy), and the University of Ottawa (Canada). I completed a PhD in Social and Cultural Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London, under the supervision of Katherine Brickell and Tim Cresswell. During my PhD, I was also a Visiting Scholar at the University of Verona under the Cooperint Program. Prior to my PhD, I worked in research and science policy at Canada’s International Polar Year (IPY) Program Office at Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC).
My doctoral research project was inspired by my work and study experiences abroad. During my undergraduate studies, I completed an international academic exchange year at the University of Grenoble Alpes in France. Following my master’s degree, I completed an internship with a local NGO in Brazil through the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). After completing my placement, I embarked on an international Antarctic University Expedition with Students on Ice (SOI).
If you’d like to get in touch, please email me at Laura.Prazeres@st-andrews.ac.uk