Mandy holds an MA degree in Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology at Leiden University (2016), for which she has conducted ethnographic field research into locally expressed, informal structures of humanitarianism and the discursive production of alternative camp (hi-)stories amongst a group of Ethiopian, long term camp residents in Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya. Parts of her research have been published in article-form in the Oxford Monitor of Forced Migration (OxMo), 2014. She gained her undergraduate degree in Cultural Anthropology & Development Sociology from the same university (2011), and holds a postgraduate certificate in Forced Migration and Refugee Issues from York University, Toronto (2013). Since 2014, Mandy has served as a co-editor for the Rights in Exile Refugee Legal Aid Newsletter. Previously, she interned as a psychosocial officer at Africa and Middle-East Refugee Assistance (AMERA), Cairo, as well as with the International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam. Mandy has lived and worked on refugee issues in East Africa, Egypt, Canada, and the Netherlands, and currently divides her time between Belgium and the UK.