Nicole's (Nik) academic interests are on immigration and asylum policy, extraterritorial migration controls, transnational migration governance and inter-state cooperation, ‘street-level’ implementation, inequalities in access to mobility, and migration-related detention and deportation. She is especially interested in how mid- and street-level officials from across multiple nation-states negotiate and implement migration control practices
Nik has a PhD in Migration Studies from the University of Sussex, UK (2020), a MA in Human Rights from Mahidol University, Thailand (2013) and a BS in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, US (2008).
Prior to her PhD, Nik worked as a project coordinator in Thailand with the Strengthening Human Rights for Rohingya Project and was a consultant at the Centre for Migration Studies of New York, where she wrote about the US and Europe’s response to the Syrian refugee crisis, stateless Rohingya in Thailand and Australia’s extraterritorial controls.
At Arena, Nik works on the Deporting Foreigners: Contested Norms in International Practice (NORMS) project. Her specific focus is on Frontex and how norms on deportation are negotiated and contested at the street-level by officials from across member states
Previously, she carried out research on the UK’s extraterritorial migration management (2015-2020) and worked with the research and advocacy project on strengthening human rights for stateless Rohingya in Southeast Asia (2012-2014).
- Ostrand, Nicole. 2022. “Overseas Immigration Liaison Officers: ‘Knowledge Brokers’ and Transnational Spaces of Mid-level Negotiations Shaping Extraterritorial Migration Control Practices.” Migration Studies. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/migration/mnac004
- Ostrand, Nicole, and Paul Statham. 2021. “‘Street-Level’ Agents Operating Beyond ‘Remote Control’: How Overseas Liaison Officers and Foreign State Officials Shape UK Extraterritorial Migration Management.” Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 47(1): 25-45. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/1369183X.2020.1782729.
- Ostrand, Nicole. 2015. “The Syrian Refugee Crisis: A Comparison of the Response by Germany, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States.” Journal on Migration and Human Security 3(3): 1-25. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/233150241500300301.
- Ostrand, Nicole. 2013. “The Role of Environmental Attributes in the Thai Government’s Policy toward Displaced Persons from Myanmar.” In Human Rights and Peace in Southeast Asia Series 3: Amplifying the Voices, edited by A. Sharom, S. Petcharamesree, Y. Sumarlan, J. Baysa-Barredo, M. Sugiono, A. Luthra, N. Kranrattanasuit. Bangkok: Southeast Asian Human Rights Studies Network. http://shapesea.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/SEAHRN-Series-3-Amplifying-the-Voices.pdf
Other (blog posts)
- Ostrand, Nicole. 2014. “Immigration Control Beyond Australia’s Border.” New York: Center for Migration Studies. http://cmsny.org/immigration-control-beyond-australias-border/.
- Ostrand, Nicole. 2014. “The Stateless Rohingya in Thailand.” New York: Center for Migration Studies. http://cmsny.org/the-stateless-rohingya-in-thailand/