Project Manager: Laurie Lijnders

I am a part-time Project Manager with ROTA, working in partnership with several refugee and migrant community groups in West London on a mental health and wellbeing project 'Active Lives, Healthy Minds'. I am also a part-time PhD candidate with the Centre for Gender Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, where I explore the experiences and everyday lives of displaced pregnant women, mothers and their children from Eritrea migrating into and through Europe.

I am a social anthropologist and my work has focused on human trafficking, asylum and border policies and violence along the migration route from the Horn of Africa to the Middle East and Europe.

I have research, advocacy and community organising experience with universities, research institutes, charities, grass root movements and international organisations.  I recently trained as a perinital doula and assist mothers before, during, and after childbirth, as well as their partner and/or family, by providing physical assistance and emotional support.