Since January 2010, Ingrid is conducting her PhD research on the securitisation of climate-related migration at the School of Politics and International Relations of the University of Kent (UK), funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council. The PhD project forms part of a larger research programme on The Securitisation of Forced Migration: Changing Ideas and Beliefs about Displacement and Their Impact on Security, led by Dr. Anne Hammerstad. The project is based at Kent's Conflict Analysis Research Centre. Ingrid holds a Master of Science degree in Political Science (with distinction) from the VU University Amsterdam (2008).
Prior to starting her PhD, Ingrid worked as a researcher at the Department of Environmental Policy Analysis at the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) of the VU University Amsterdam. Currently, Ingrid remains active within the IVM as a guest researcher. At the IVM, Ingrid specialized in research on global climate governance, with a core focus on global adaptation governance and the protection of climate refugees as the primary case study. This research led to several publications: an article in the journal Environment with Heldref Publications; an article in the journal Global Environmental Politics with MIT Press, and two co-authored chapters in the edited book Global Climate Governance beyond 2012: Architecture, Agency and Adaptation with Cambridge University Press. Moreover, she has been involved in policy-relevant participatory research in the fields of water and energy governance.