Dr. Laura Planas, International Security, Best Researcher Award

Doctorate at Pompeu Fabra University, Spain

Dr. Laura Planas is a dedicated scholar and researcher with a diverse academic background. She earned her PhD in Law from Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, Spain, where her thesis focused on “Securitizing Migration in a Changing International Order,” offering a critical comparative analysis of migration policies in the European Union, the United States, and South Africa. Her academic achievements include receiving a Cum Laude Mention for her doctoral dissertation.

Prior to her doctoral studies, Dr. Planas completed a Master’s degree in Journalism and Digital Communication at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. She also holds a Master of Laws in International Legal Studies from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC, USA, where she conducted research on the right to access public information for political participation, with a case study focusing on Mexico.

Dr. Planas began her academic journey with a Bachelor’s degree equivalent in Law (Grado en Derecho) from Pompeu Fabra University, where her undergraduate thesis explored “The Right to Truth during Post-War Rehabilitation,” particularly examining the South-African Truth and Reconciliation Commission.



PhD in Law, Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona, Spain

  • Duration: October 2018 – September 2022
  • Thesis: “Securitizing Migration in a Changing International Order: A Critical Comparative Analysis of the cases of the European Union, the United States, and South Africa”
  • Awarded Cum Laude Mention for exceptional academic achievement.

Master in Journalism and Digital Communication, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain

  • Completion: February 2020

Master of Laws in International Legal Studies, Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, DC, USA

  • Completion: May 2016
  • Specialization: International Human Rights Law
  • Thesis: “The Right to Access to Public Information for the Effective Exercise of Political Participation. A case study of Mexico”

Grado en Derecho (Bachelor equivalent), Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona, Spain

  • Completion: June 2015
Professional Experience
Dr. Laura Planas has accumulated a wealth of professional experience across various prestigious institutions and organizations:

At the University of Barcelona in Barcelona, Spain, she currently serves as a Postdoctoral Researcher, contributing to the advancement of knowledge in her field since January 2023. Simultaneously, she holds a position as Affiliated Teaching Staff at the Open University of Catalonia in Barcelona, Spain, where she imparts her expertise to students since September 2022.

Prior to her current roles, Dr. Planas served as Predoctoral Research Staff in Training at Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, Spain, from October 2018 to September 2022, where she honed her research skills and expanded her academic insights.

Her dedication to gender issues led her to serve as a Gender Adviser at MUGER, A.C. in Oaxaca de Juárez, Mexico, from August 2017 to December 2017, where she provided valuable expertise and guidance.

Dr. Planas also has international experience, having worked as a Consultant in the Social Policy and Development Division at the United Nations in New York, USA, from April 2017 to July 2017. Prior to this, she served as a Social Affairs Intern in the same division from September 2016 to March 2017, gaining valuable insights into global social policy challenges.

Before her tenure at the United Nations, she contributed to research and advocacy efforts as a Research Associate at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs in Washington, DC, USA, from May 2016 to August 2016, and as a Legal Intern at Human Rights First in Washington, DC, USA, from January 2016 to April 2016.

Research Interest

Dr. Laura Planas possesses a keen research interest in the intersection of law, migration, and international relations. Her scholarly pursuits focus on understanding the dynamics of migration governance, particularly in the context of evolving international norms and practices. Dr. Planas is deeply engaged in exploring the securitization of migration and its implications within the contemporary global order, with a critical comparative analysis of the European Union, the United States, and South Africa. Additionally, her research delves into the impact of counter-terrorism measures on migration, shedding light on the multifaceted relationship between security policies and migratory flows. Furthermore, she examines issues related to human rights, gender equality, and social justice, aiming to contribute to policy debates and academic discourse on these critical issues. Through her interdisciplinary approach and rigorous analysis, Dr. Planas strives to advance understanding and promote informed policymaking in areas concerning migration, security, and human rights at both national and international levels.


“Securitizing Migration in Times of Crisis”

  • Journal: Cogent Social Sciences
  • Publication Date: January 2024
  • DOI: 10.1080/23311886.2023.2296601
  • Contributor: Laura Planas

“Between Cosmopolitism and Westphalia: The Case of Terrorism”

  • Journal: Spanish Yearbook of International Law
  • Publication Date: December 1, 2022
  • Contributor: Laura Planas


Laura Planas | International Security | Best Researcher Award

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