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My name is Maria Jose Recalde-Vela, and I am a PhD candidate at the Department of Public Law and Governance at Tilburg Law school. I am Ecuadorian/Honduran, and I am part of the EDOLAD reserach program. My PhD is about the concept of ‘socio-legal inclusion’, and how it is understood in the statelessness context across local contexts and across dimensions, mainly by stateless persons themselves. 


I work under the supervision of Professor Morag Goodwin (TLS), Dr. Laura van Waas (TLS), and Professor Ingunn Ikdahl (Oslo Law School). I am 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 am currently part of the EDOLAD PhD program, and I have a growing interested in questions of development, particularly on the influence of coloniality in current development trends, and on decolonial approaches.

Recent publications

  1. Vlieks, C., Hirsch Ballin, E., & Recalde Vela, M. J. (2017). Solving statelessness: Interpreting the right to nationality. Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights, 35(3), 158-175.

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