Laura Morales is a Professor of Comparative Politics at Sciences Po, a research-led university specializing in the Social Sciences based in Paris. Her areas of expertise within political science are varied and in the fields of comparative politics, political behaviour, public opinion, migration politics and survey research. Between 2017 and 2021 she was the Chair of COST Action 16111 - Ethmigsurveydata (https://ethmigsurveydatahub.eu/) and an active participant in the H2020 research infrastructure cluster project SSHOC, where the main data infrastructures of the social sciences and humanities (SSH) have joined forces to ensure the inclusion of SSH in EOSC a reality. The work she has coordinated in the context of both the COST Action and SSHOC (see https://zenodo.org/communities/ethmigsurveydata/) has allowed the creation of a number of FAIR resources to enable the discovery and the reuse of survey data on the inclusion and integration of ethnic and migrant minorities across Europe: the Ethnic and Migrant Minorities (EMM) Survey Registry and the EMM Question Data Bank (see: https://ethmigsurveydatahub.eu/ethmig-survey-data-hub/). She is a member, since 2018, of several RDA Working Groups and Interest Groups (see her member profile here: https://www.rd-alliance.org/user/13874).
The main goal of the project for Morales’ Ambassadorial role is to achieve a greater level of awareness of, engagement with and adoption of (1) RDA activities, groups, recommendations and outputs, and (2) EOSC as an overall structure and set of tools and services for the research community working on ethnic and migration studies across Europe. While most researchers in the social sciences - including those undertaking research on ethnic and migration studies - are aware of the main aspects of the Open Science and Open Data agenda, very few are actually aware of the FAIR principles and movement and what this entails in practice for their everyday research activities and undertakings. Very few researchers are aware of the existence and work undertaken by RDA and of the existence and strategic value of EOSC. The main overarching objective of this RDA/EOSC Future Ambassador project is to actively contribute to the integration of both individual researchers and key research organisations in the ethnic and migration studies field into the universe of Open Science in Europe.
2023-05-09 Two-hours meeting with Data Librarians of the London School of Economics (LSE) to plan activities with PhD students, early career researchers and faculty in the context of their Open Science activities
2023-04-13 Meeting with a representative of CIVICA (the alliance of universities in the social sciences) coordinating Open Science
2023-04-05 One-hour meeting with IMISCOE (the largest organization on migration studies in Europe) to coordinate on Open Science activities sponsored by my ambassadorship.
2023-03-31 One-hour meeting with the President and Vice-President for International Relations of CSIC (Madrid, Spain) to discuss involvement of CSIC on EOSC and RDA as well as possible collaborations in the context of my RDA/EOSC Future Ambassadorship
2023-03-20 Participation in the RDA P20 panel on Ambassadors - Pathways to Community Engagement