My name is Maria Jose Recalde-Vela, and I am an Ecuadorian/Honduran PhD candidate at the Department of Public Law and Governance at Tilburg Law school. I am part of the European (joint) Doctorate on Law & Development (EDOLAD) program. My PhD project investigates the manner in which inclusion is conceptualized in the field of statelessness through the practice of statelessness actors. As part of my research, I conducted interviews with experts who work on statelessness in various sectors, including in civil society, international organizations, think tanks, international non-governmental organizations, and in academia. My project examines the ways in which statelessness actors, at the global and ground levels, shape the way that inclusion is framed within the body of knowledge about statelessness, citizenship, and inclusion, creating narratives of inclusion.
I work under the supervision of Professor Morag Goodwin (TLS), Dr. Laura van Waas (TLS), and Professor Ingunn Ikdahl (Oslo Law School). I am also currently the co-managing editor of the Statelessness and Citizenship Review, a joint initiative of the Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion and Melbourne Law School. I hold an LL.M in international and European Law, a M.Sc. In Victimology and Criminal Justice and an LL.M in Legal Research, all from Tilburg University. My undergraduate thesis, titled 'how can identity assert a claim to citizenship? In search of a safeguard against statelessness' was the 2014 winner of the UNHCR Award for Statelessness Research in the undergraduate category.
I am interested in questions of inclusion, nationality, citizenship, and statelessness. I have a growing interest in matters relating to the influence of coloniality in current development trends, on decolonial approaches to development, and on Andean philosophy and knowledge.
Networks and programs
EDOLAD program (PhD student)
Law & Development Research Network (member)
GPS (Global PhDs on Statelessness) Network (member & co-founder)
Netherlands Association for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (member)