Melissa currently works as an Assistant Professor and Migration Studies Program Manager at the Maastricht Graduate School of Governance where she manages several migration research projects and coordinates the Migration Studies Specialization.
She previously worked for Utrecht School of Economics, Utrecht University as a Junior Researcher before starting her Ph.D. in 2005 and working as a Research Fellow at the Maastricht Graduate School of Governance. During her Ph.D., she had a Visiting Research Fellowship at The Wiener Center for Social Policy at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and spent a short visiting period at the Kiel Institute for the World Economy. She has worked on projects for the Dutch Ministry of Social Affairs, the Dutch Ministry of Finance, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Oxfam Novib. She has conducted research for the Dutch Ministry of Finance on money laundering and the remittance corridor between The Netherlands and Suriname. She has recently finished the remittance corridor study between the Netherlands and Afghanistan for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and is also currently managing the IS Academy on Migration and Development for the Ministry.
Her main research interests include the causes and consequences of migration and remittances and remittance channel choice with specific focus on the micro level.