Raksha Gopal

Raksha Gopal

PhD Researcher in International Relations & Political Science
PhD Affiliate at the Gender Centre
Spoken languages
English, French, Hindi
Areas of expertise
  • Migration
  • Refugees
  • Feminist international political economy
  • Postcolonial Studies
  • Qualitative Research Design

PhD  thesis

Title: Redefining State, Statelessness and Motherhood at the Margins

PhD supervisor: Elisabeth Prügl

Expected completion date: 2026

Raksha's PhD is an ethnographic project that proposes a reconfiguration of the transnational politics of migration by privileging the narratives and perspectives of refugee mothers on the margins of modern states. Bringing together literature from migration studies, feminist political economy, critical security studies, and postcolonial thought, she asks: How do the everyday practices of motherhood negotiate, reconstitute and disrupt the categories of state, statelessness, and motherhood among refugees?



Raksha Gopal is a doctoral student in the International Relations and Political Science Department and a Researcher at the Gender Centre for the SNF Division I project Gendering Survival from the Margins. She did a Master's in International Relations/Political Science through the Fast-Track Programme at the Geneva Graduate Institute in Switzerland and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Political Science from the University of Delhi, India. Her research interests lie at the intersection of migration and mobilities, international security, and gender studies.