The Migration Research and Publishing High-Level Advisers consist of senior researchers, publishers and other migration experts from around the world who partner with IOM Research to produce balanced, accessible, rigorous and evidence-based research and analysis of international migration and displacement. High-Level Advisers are honorary and voluntary with a focus on research output through various publishing platforms and by providing support in the technical, thematic and geographic aspects of understanding migration. Among other functions, High-Level Advisers engage with IOM staff on research collaborations, peer review, participation in IOM events and migration-related publications and other communications.

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(in surname alphabetical order)

    Professor of Demography, University of Tehran; Director, National Institute of Population Research of Iran

    Mohammad Jalal Abbasi-Shavazi is Professor of Demography at the University of Tehran and Director of the National Institute of Population Research (NIPR) of the Ministry of Science, Research and Technology, Iran. He holds PhD degree followed by a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Demography at the Australian Demography Program. He has served as Head of the Department of Demography of the University of Tehran (2003-2007), Head of Division of Population Research of the Institute of Social Studies (2001-2012), and Research Fellow at the Australian Demographic and Social Research Institute during 2010-2014. Abbasi-Shavazi has worked on various research areas including Iran’s population dynamics, family change and fertility, population policies, Muslim demography, and forced and refugee migration. He has recently completed a project report on Driving Forces of Irregular Migration among Afghans to Australia. Abbasi has published more than 100 scientific papers, project reports, books and book chapters. The Fertility Transition in Iran: Revolution and Reproduction is a result of his collaborative project with Peter McDonald and Meimanat Hosseini that was published by Springer in 2009. In collaboration with Ellen Kraly and several other distinguished scholars, Abbasi-Shavazi is preparing a book on Demography of Forced and Refugee Migration that will be published in 2017. Abbasi-Shavazi has had a significant role in promotion of population training and research at the national, regional and international levels, and has collaborated with distinguished demographers in such universities as the Australian National University, Universities of Michigan and North Carolina in the US, York University in Canada, Shanghai University in China, International Centre for Diarrhoeal Diseases Research in Bangladesh, and Vienna Institute of Demography in Austria.  He is a founding member of the Asian Population Association, and served as its Vice-President (2009-2010) and President (2011-2012).  During 2010-2014, he chaired the Scientific Panel of Refugee and Forced Migration of the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population. He is now the Vice President of the Population Association of Iran. In addition to being Chief-Editor of the Iranian Population Studies, he is a member of Editorial Board of several national and international peer-reviewed journals including Asian Population Studies, International Migration Review, Migration and Development, Journal of the Population Association of Iran, and Demographia.  Abbasi-Shavazi has received four awards including the W.D Borrie Prize of the Australian Population Association (1997), World Prize for the Best Book of the Islamic Republic of Iran (2010), the 2011 United Nations Population Award. In 2016 he was recognised as Distinguished Author of the University of Tehran AND Distinguished Researcher of the Year of Iran in the field of Social Sciences.

    Executive Director, Scalabrini Migration Center

    Maruja M.B. Asis is Executive Director of the Scalabrini Migration Center, based in Manila, Philippines. She is a sociologist who has long been working on international migration and social change in Asia. Her areas of interest and research work include gender, family and migration; migration and development; and migration governance.  Her recently completed research dealt with comparing recruitment systems and their impact on migration governance, bilateral relations and migrant worker protection; migrant fishermen in Southeast Asia; and exploring agriculture as an alternative to migration among young Filipinos. She is editor of the Asian and Pacific Migration Journal.

    Director, Graduate Program in Immigration and Settlement; Professor, Department of Geography, Ryerson University

    Harald Bauder is the Director of the Graduate Program in Immigration and Settlement Studies and a Professor in the Dept. of Geography and Environmental Studies at Ryerson University. He was the founding Academic Director of the Ryerson Centre for Immigration and Settlement. His research expertise includes immigration policy and public discourse, the economic integration of migrants, critical perspectives of borders and cross-border mobility, and sanctuary policies and practices.

    Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights, Harvard School of Public Health; Lecturer in Law, Harvard Law School; Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School

    Jacqueline Bhabha, JD, MsC is a Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She is also the Jeremiah Smith, Jr. Lecturer in Law at Harvard Law School, and  Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. She is the Director of Research at the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard’s only university wide Human Rights research center.   From 1997 to 2001 Bhabha founded and directed the Human Rights Program at the University of Chicago. Prior to 1997, she was a practicing human rights lawyer in London and at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. She has published extensively on issues of transnational child migration, refugee protection, children’s rights and citizenship. She is the author of Child Migration & Human Rights in a Global Age (Princeton University Press, 2014), the editor of Children Without A State (MIT Press, 2011), and of Human Rights and Adolescence (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014). Her current research focuses on adolescents at risk of violence, social exclusion or discrimination. She is actively engaged in several research projects in India, examining the factors that drive access of low caste girls from illiterate families to higher education, and that transform gender norms among children and adolescents. She also works on similar issues within the Roma community in Europe.  Bhabha serves on the board of the Scholars at Risk Network, the World Peace Foundation and the Journal of Refugee Studies.

    Research Professor of Migration and Transnationalism Studies, Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)

    Jørgen Carling is Research Professor of migration and transnationalism studies at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO). His research addresses a broad range of themes including migration theory, migration management, transnational families, remittances, and the links between migration and development. Among his most influential work is the analysis of aspiration and ability in international migration, and the associated phenomenon of ‘involuntary immobility’. He has extensive fieldwork experience and combines ethnographic data with statistical analyses in his research. He has published in all the top-ranked migration studies journals as well as in disciplinary journals in anthropology, economics, geography, and political science. He has also carried out policy-oriented work for various governmental and international agencies. He has been a Visiting Fellow at the University of Oxford (2005), the National University of Singapore (2010), and the University of Maastricht and UNU-MERIT United Nations University (2016). He received his doctorate in Human Geography from the University of Oslo, Norway in 2007 and attained the status of full professor in 2011.

    Professor, International Law, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies

    Vincent Chetail is Director of the Global Migration Centre and Professor of International Law at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (Geneva). Professor Chetail is Editor-in-Chief of the Refugee Survey Quarterly (OUP) and General Editor of the book series Organisation internationale et relations internationales (Bruylant, Brussels) and Theory and Practice of Public International Law (Brill, Martinus Nijhoff). He is also Senior Research Associate at the Refugee Law Initiative (University of London) and member of the Academic Network for Legal Studies on Immigration and Asylum in Europe, among other affiliations. He regularly serves as a consultant to governments, NGOs and international organizations and has extensively published in the field of migration including 12 books and 40 articles.

    Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development

    Michael Clemens is a professor in the Department of Economics at George Mason University, and a Non-Resident Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics. Prior to this, he was a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development, where he studied the economic effects and causes of migration around the world. He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles on migration, development, and impact evaluation, and his research has been awarded the Royal Economic Society Prize. He also serves as a Research Fellow of IZA Institute of Labor Economics in Bonn, Germany, and is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Population Economics and World Development. He is the author of the book The Walls of Nations, forthcoming from Columbia University Press. Previously, Clemens has been an Affiliated Associate Professor of Public Policy at Georgetown University, a visiting scholar at New York University, and a consultant for the World Bank, Bain & Co., the Environmental Defense Fund, and the United Nations Development Program. He has lived and worked in Colombia, Brazil, and Turkey. He received his PhD from the Department of Economics at Harvard University, specializing in economic development, public finance, and economic history.

    Assistant Director and Senior Associate for Policy Outreach at the Migration, Displacement, and Humanitarian Policy Program, Center for Global Development

    Helen Dempster is the assistant director and senior associate for policy outreach for the Migration, Displacement, and Humanitarian Policy Program at the Center for Global Development. Prior to joining CGD, she worked for five years in research communications at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and the International Growth Centre (IGC). Dempster holds a MicroMasters in Data, Economics and Development Policy from MIT, a master’s in Africa and International Development from the University of Edinburgh, and undergraduate degrees in Law, Public Policy and International Relations from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.

    Co-founder and Director, GK Partners

    Professor Gibril Faal is a multi-disciplinary business and development executive. He is the co-founder and director of GK Partners specialising in socially responsible business models, sustainable development and programme implementation. He is the first visiting professor in practice at the Institute of Global Affairs, London School of Economics (LSE), vice chair of Bond (UK), and council member of Carnegie African Diaspora Program (New York). Gibril is a former magistrate, former chairman of AFFORD-UK, and the founding director of ADEPT (Brussels). He has worked as a technical expert with the United Nations, World Bank, University of Oxford and governments and institutions across the world. He served as GFMD civil society co-chair (2014) and grand rapporteur (2017), and overarching expert for the Global Compact for Migration. He has addressed the UN General Assembly several times and been appointed to various boards by UK government ministers. In 2014, Gibril was appointed OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to international development.

    Research Professor, Institute for the Study of International Migration, Georgetown University

    Elizabeth Ferris is research professor with the Institute for the Study of International Migration at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and also serves as a nonresident senior fellow in Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institution. From January to September 2016, she also served as senior advisor to the U.N. General Assembly’s Summit for Refugees and Migrants in New York. From 2006 to 2015, she was a senior fellow and co-director of the Brookings-LSE Project on Internal Displacement where she worked to support understanding and protection of internally displaced persons. Prior to joining Brookings, she spent 20 years working in the field of humanitarian assistance, most recently in Geneva, Switzerland at the World Council of Churches. She has also served as the director of the Church World Service’s Immigration and Refugee Program; as research director for the Life & Peace Institute in Uppsala, Sweden; and as a Fulbright professor at the Universidad Autónoma de México. Her teaching experience has included positions at Lafayette College, Miami University, and Pembroke State University. She has written extensively on refugee, migration, and humanitarian issues, including “The Politics of Protection: The Limits of Humanitarian Action” (Brookings Institution Press, 2011) and most recently, “Consequences of Chaos: Syria’s Humanitarian Crisis and the Failure to Protect,” with Kemal Kirsici (Brookings Institution Press, 2016).  She received her bachelor’s degree from Duke University and her master’s and doctorate from the University of Florida.

    Assistant Professor of Political Science, Universidad del Pacífico (Lima, Peru)

    Luisa Feline Freier is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the Universidad del Pacífico (Lima, Peru). Her research focuses on migration and refugee policies and laws in Latin America, intra- and extra-regional south-south migration and the Venezuelan displacement crisis. Prof. Freier has published widely in both academic and media outlets, and has been interviewed on Venezuelan emigration across international media, including BBC, CBC, El País, La Presse, Liberation, PBS, and The Economist. Prof. Freier has provided advice to various international institutions and organizations such as Amnesty International, ICRC, IDB, IOM, UNHCR, the World Bank and the EU.

    Associate Professor of Geography at Monash University; Research Affiliate at Oxford University’s Centre on Migration, Policy and Society

    Alan Gamlen is a Professor in the School of Regulation and Global Governance at The Australian National University. He is an expert on human migration and mobility. Alan has previously held appointments at Oxford University, Stanford University, the Max Planck Society, the Japan Centre for Area Studies, Monash University and Wellington University in his homeland, New Zealand. In 2010-2020 he was Founding Editor-in-Chief of the journal Migration Studies (Oxford University Press), and in 2016-17 he was Director of the Australian Population and Migration Research Centre. Alan’s research has been funded by the Australian Research Council, the Royal Society of New Zealand, the UK Leverhulme Trust, the UK Economic and Social Research Council, the New Zealand Bright Futures Fund, and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. He has worked as a consultant and advisor on migration and migration policy to the World Bank, the Commonwealth Secretariat, the International Organization for Migration, various United Nations agencies, and numerous national governments, regional agencies, and NGOs. He is a High-Level Advisor to the United Nations Migration Agency and an Advisory Board Member with the UN Platform on Disaster Displacement. Alan’s book, Human Geopolitics: States, Emigrants and the Rise of Diaspora Institutions (Oxford University Press 2019), won the 2020 Distinguished Book Award for Best Book on Ethnicity and Migration from the International Studies Association. He is a member of the Tainui federation of Māori tribes in Aotearoa-New Zealand. He holds a Doctorate from the University of Oxford (St Antony’s College), where he studied as a New Zealand Top Achiever Scholar.

    Professor of Migration Studies and Director of the Migration Policy Centre, European University Institute

    Andrew Geddes is a Professor of Migration Studies and the Director of the Migration Policy Centre at the European University Institute (EUI). During his career, he has led and participated in a number of major projects on aspects of international migration working with a wide range of academic and non-academic partners. For the period 2014-19 he was awarded an Advanced Investigator Grant by the European Research Council for a project on the drivers of global migration governance. Prior to joining EUI he was a Professor of Politics at the University of Sheffield, UK where he served as Head of Department between 2008 and 2011.

    Director, International Migration Research Centre, Wilfrid Laurier University

    Jenna Hennebry holds a Ph.D. in Sociology, is an Associate Professor affiliated with the Balsillie School of International Affairs, and is the Director of the International Migration Research Centre (IMRC) at Wilfrid Laurier University. Her research focuses on international migration and mobility, with a specialization in lower-skilled labour migration with regional expertise in Canada, Mexico, Morocco and Spain.

    Dr. Hennebry’s research portfolio includes comparative studies of migration policy and foreign worker programs with an emphasis on migrant rights and health, migration industries, non-state migration mediation, transnational families, and the role of remittances in development. Recent work examines the role of bilateral labour mobility agreements in protecting migrant rights and social protections, non-state actors and an expanding migration industry in foreign worker programs, and shifting regimes of labour migration governance worldwide (e.g. and

    Dr. Hennebry is currently working with UN Women to provide key analytical and methodological support to the UN Women’s project on Promoting and Protecting Women Migrant Worker’s Labour and Human Rights. She is also working with the World Bank on the KNOMAD project, KNOMAD draws on experts from all parts of the world to synthesize existing knowledge and generate new knowledge for use by policy makers in sending and receiving countries.

    Dean of College of Social Sciences and Humanities at Koç University

    Ahmet İçduygu is Dean of the College of Social Sciences and Humanities at Koç University, Istanbul, Turkey. He currently holds a dual appointment as a full professor at Koç, one is in the Department of International Relations and the other is in the Department of Sociology. He is also the Director of the Migration Research Center at Koc (MiReKoc). He holds a PhD in Demography from the Australian National University. He held visiting fellow positions at Stockholm University, the University of Warwick, the University of Manchester, and the European University Institute in Florence. He is an elected member of the Science Academy in Turkey. In addition to his own individual research projects, Professor İçduygu has conducted various research projects for the international organizations such as IOM, UNHCR, EU, OECD and ILO. He teaches on migration studies, theories and practices of citizenship, international organizations, civil society, nationalism and ethnicity, and research methods. In addition to his numerous articles in scholarly journals, such as Ethnic and Racial Studies, Citizenship Studies, European Review, International Migration, International Labor and Working Class History, Population, Space and Place, and British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, his most recent books include:  Migration and Transformation: Multi-Level Analysis of Migrant Transnationalism, co-edited with P. Pitkänen and D. Sert (Springer, 2011), Countries of Migrants, Cities of Migrants – Italy, Spain, Turkey, co-edited with M. Balbo and J.P. Serrano (ISIS Press, 2013), and Critical Reflections in Migration Research: Views from the South and the North, co-edited with Ayşem Biriz Karaçay (Koç University Press, 2014).

    Professor of International Law, Human Rights and Refugee Law, Universidade Católica de Santos

    Liliana Lyra Jubilut holds a PhD and a Master in International Law from Universidade de São Paulo, and an LLM in International Legal Studies from NYU School of Law. She has been a Visiting Scholar at Columbia Law School and a Visiting Fellow at the Refugee Law Initiative, at the University of London. She has been a Lawyer/RSD and Protection Officer/ Outreach Protection Consultant at the Refugee Center of Caritas Arquidiocesana de São Paulo (Brazil) – UNHCR implementing partner – and a Consultant for UNHCR-Brazil. She has coordinated the first ever national survey on migrants and refugees access to rights in Brazil, for the Brazilian government (Ministry of Justice’s Pensando o Direito project in partnership with the Institute for Applied Economic Research  - IPEA), and the Declaration on the Integral Protection of Refugees and Other Forced Migrants and for the Construction of an Effective Humanitarian Space (an international document created in 2014 by academics and civil society organizations in celebration of the 30 anniversary of the Cartagena Declaration). She has been a part of national and international research projects, including with the Refugee Law Initiative, the Center for International Criminal Justice and the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO). She is also part of the Editorial Board of the International Refugee Law Series. Currently, she is a Professor of the Post-graduate Programme in Law at Universidade Católica de Santos, where she is part of the coordination of both the UNHCR Sergio Vieira de Mello Chair and the Research Group Human Rights and Vulnerabilities, since 2013. She has been working with refugees’ issues since 1999.

    Director, Head of Content and Partnerships, Strategic Intelligence at the World Economic Forum

    James Landale is Director, Head of Content and Partnerships, Strategic Intelligence at World Economic Forum. James is a strategic communications specialist with more than 25 years’ experience. He currently works at the World Economic Forum in Geneva on the development of its strategic and contextual intelligence capacity. At the Forum, he has also helped design, plan and deliver high-level meetings and summits, as well as managed high-level multi-stakeholder groups on global governance and geo-economics, among other things. Before joining the World Economic Forum, he worked in the Secretariat at UN Headquarters in New York, focusing on strategic communications for programs related to human rights, justice and democracy, as well as peace and security issues, developing and overseeing implementation of complex, integrated communications strategies; providing analysis and guidance to senior UN officials and counterparts in field missions around the world; and managing and leading strategic communications training workshops for senior public information officers from UN peacekeeping and special political missions. He led the UN Headquarters Middle East Crisis Communication Team during the 2006 war in Lebanon.

    Vice Director of Migration Law Committee at the Beijing Society of International Law

    Prof. Dr. Guofu LIU is employed at the School of Law, Beijing Institute of Technology. He was awarded LLB and LLM by China, Ph.D. by Australia and completed postdoctoral study in Germany. His recent research focuses on migration law and policy. He actively involved in the legislations and policy making of Chinese governments in the field of international migration. He is advisory expert of Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council, China and Convener of the Expert Team of Drafting the Law of Anti-Trafficking in Persons. He finished over twenty academic research projects from the Chinese governmental authorities, the IOM, the UNHCR, the ILO, and the UNACT, is the author of over twenty books and reports including The Right to Leave and Return and Chinese Migration Law (Nijhoff), Chinese Immigration Law (Ashgate).

    Co-Founder and Director, Samuel Hall

    Nassim Majidi is co-Founder and Director of Samuel Hall where she leads evidence-based and action research on migration and displacement. Covering three continents (Africa, Asia, Europe) over 12 years, she has interviewed refugees, migrants, and returnees in many of the world’s border areas, conflict settings, countries of origin and transit. Nassim is a Research Associate at the Feinstein International Center at Tufts University, USA and at the African Centre for Migration and Society at Wits University, South Africa. She holds a BA in Government (Cornell University), and a Ph.D. in International Relations (Sciences Po Paris) on return migration and reintegration.

    Donald G. Herzberg Professor Emerita of International Migration, Georgetown University

    Susan Martin is the Donald G. Herzberg Professor Emerita of International Migration. She was the founder of the Institute for the Study of International Migration in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. She is currently serving as Chair of the Thematic Working Group on Environmental Change and Migration in the Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development in the World Bank. Previously Dr. Martin served as the Executive Director of the U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform, established by legislation to advise Congress and the President on U.S. immigration and refugee policy. Prior to joining the Commission's staff, Professor Martin was the Director of Research and Programs at the Refugee Policy Group, a Washington-based center for analysis of U.S. and international refugee policy and programs. She was Assistant Professor at the American Studies Department of Brandeis University and Lecturer in the History of American Civilization Department at the University of Pennsylvania.  Her recent publications include International Migration: Evolving Trends from the Early 20th Century to the Present; Humanitarian Crises and Migration: Causes, Consequences and Responses (ed.) A Nation of Immigrants; The Migration-Displacement Nexus: Patterns, Processes and Policies (ed.); Managing Migration: The Promise of Cooperation; Mexico-U.S. Migration Management: A Binational Approach (ed.); and Refugee Women.  Dr. Martin earned her MA and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and her BA from Douglass College, Rutgers University.

    Part-time Professor, European University Institute (Florence, Italy)

    Mehari Taddele Maru is a part-time Professor at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. He is a graduate of Harvard and Oxford universities and has held fellowships in prestigious academic programmes at various think-tanks and institutions of higher learning. These include: Robert Schuman Centre; the Nation Building Institute; the Future Studies Institute; George Mason University; Royal Dutch Shell; the NATO Partnership for Peace; Max Planck Institute; the NATO Defense College, Rome; the European University Institute; and the Nation Building Institute in Bangkok, Thailand. He holds a PhD in Legal Sciences from JL Giessen University, Germany, an MPA from Harvard, an MSc from the University of Oxford and an LLB from Addis Ababa University. 


    Migration Expert; Executive Director, African Migration and Development Policy Centre

    Dr Linda Adhiambo Oucho is an established migration expert and Executive Director of the African Migration and Development Policy Centre (AMADPOC). Dr. Oucho holds a PhD in Ethnic Relations from the University of Warwick and has conducted research on internal, regional and international migration patterns including projects related to poverty, climate change, diaspora development and youth, employment and migration. She provides support to the Government of Kenya to understand migration and development issues using evidence-based approaches. In addition, she assists African countries to develop their national migration policies in line with the Migration Policy Framework for Africa (2018). Dr Oucho also serves as an editorial board member for the International Migration Journal and the Scalabrini Institute for Human Mobility in Africa.

    Director, International PhD Program in Human Rights and Peace Studies, Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies, Mahidol University, Thailand

    Dr Sriprapha Petcharamesree completed a B.A. in Political Science from Thammasat University, Thailand. She received her PhD from the University of Paris-X Nanterre in France.

    She is currently the Director of the International PhD Program in Human Rights and Peace Studies at the Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies, Mahidol University, Thailand. She was appointed by the Thai Government the Thai representative to the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights where she was serving between October 2009 to December 2012.

    Her research and expertise focuses on human rights, ASEAN/SEAsian studies, migration, including statelessness and citizenship, business and human rights, and international relations. She has spoken and written extensively about all of these issues.

    Professor of International Migration, University of Sydney; Founding Director, Sydney Asia Pacific Migration Centre

    Nicola Piper is Professor of International Migration at the University of Sydney where she is also the Founding Director of the Sydney Asia Pacific Migration Centre. Her research interests revolve around international labour migration, the governance of labour mobility and gender. She is (co-)chief editor of the international peer-reviewed journal Global Social Policy and guest editor of two book series on migration (focused on the Asia Pacific) with Routledge. In 2018, she was awarded a Global Professor Fellowship by the British Academy, hosted by Queen Mary University of London in the UK, where she will be conducting research until December 2022. 

    Associate Professor of Political Economy, Oxford University

    Martin Ruhs is Associate Professor of Political Economy at Oxford University, where he is also Director of Studies in Economics at the Department for Continuing Education (OUDCE) and Research Associate at the: Centre on Migration, Policy and Society; Department of Social Policy and Intervention; Department of Economics; and Blavatnik School of Government. He is a Fellow of Kellogg College. Martin’s research focuses on the economics and politics of international labour migration, with a strong international comparative dimension. Recent books include The Price of Rights. Regulating International Labour Migration (Princeton University Press 2013; Winner of the 2014 Best Book Award, Migration and Citizenship Section, American Political Science Association) and Who Needs Migrant Workers? Labour Shortages, Immigration and Public Policy (Oxford University Press 2010, co-edited with B. Anderson). He is currently working on a research monograph on "multinational corporations, migrant labour and the nation state" (under contract with Princeton University Press); and a collaborative research project (with Joakim Palme and colleagues at Uppsala University) on "national institutions, social norms and the politics of free movement in the European Union", funded by Horizon2020. Most of Martin’s work addresses key questions and dilemmas in public policy-making. Martin has provided policy analysis and advice for various national governments and international institutions including the International Labour Organisation (ILO); the International Organization for Migration (IOM); the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP); the European Commission; the Swedish Presidency of the European Union; the OECD; and, most recently, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). In 2008-09 he was Specialist Advisor to an inquiry by the Economic Affairs Committee of the House of Lords into the economic impacts of immigration. During 2009-12, he was director of Oxford University’s Migration Observatory. During 2007-14, Martin was a member of the UK’s Migration Advisory Committee (MAC), an independent body of five academic economists tasked to advise the UK government on labour immigration policy. In 2016-17, he is co-editing (with Marie McAuliffe) the IOM's World Migration Report 2018. Martin has written for the New York Times, Financial Times, Guardian and Irish Times.

    Professor Emeritus, Geography; Professional Teaching Fellow, University of Sussex

    Ronald Skeldon is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Sussex and Professor of Human Geography in the Graduate School of Governance, Maastricht University. From June 2009 to March 2011 he was seconded as a Senior Research Fellow to the Department for International Development (DFID) in London. Trained at the Universities of Glasgow (BSc Hons) and Toronto (MA; PhD), he worked in Papua New Guinea for the Australian National University and throughout the Asia and Pacific region for the United Nations. For 14 years, he was on the faculty of the University of Hong Kong and was, from 1996 to 2000, an independent consultant based in Bangkok working primarily for international organizations. He joined the University of Sussex in 2000 and was a core member of the DFID-funded Development Research Centre on Migration, Globalisation and Poverty between 2003 and 2009. He has published widely on issues of migration and development

    Director, Centre for Migration Studies, University of Ghana

    Professor Joseph Kofi Teye is the Director of the Centre for Migration Studies of the University of Ghana. He holds a PhD in Geography from the University of Leeds. He has participated in large research projects funded by international organisations, including, UKRI, DFID, EU, and ILO. Prof Teye has consulted for several organisations, including IOM, ICMPD, ILO and ECOWAS. He was the lead consultant for the development of Labour Migration Policy for Ghana, National Labour Migration and National Migration Policies for Sierra Leone. Currently, he is facilitating the development of National Migration Policies in Zimbabwe, Malawi and Zambia.

    Director, Cultural Pluralism Research Area, Global Governance Programme, European University Institute

    Anna Triandafyllidou is Professor at the Global Governance Programme (GGP) of the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS), European University Institute. Within the GGP she coordinates the Research Area on Cultural Pluralism. Before joining the Programme, she was part time professor at the RSCAS (2010-2012).  During the period 2004-2012, she was Senior Fellow at the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP) in Athens where she headed a successful migration research team. She has been Visiting Professor at the College of Europe in Bruges since 2002, and is a member of the Spinelli Group. She is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies.

    Professor Triandafyllidou received her PhD from the European University Institute in 1995 and held teaching and research positions at the University of Surrey (1994-95), the London School of Economics (1995-97), the CNR in Rome (1997-99), the EUI (1999-2004) and the Democritus University of Thrace. She was a Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence at New York University in 2001, and a Colston Fellow at the University of Bristol (2001-2002). She serves as national expert in the OECD Network of International Migration Experts (formerly SOPEMI) and acts as an evaluator of research projects for the European Research Council (Advanced and Consolidating Investigator Grants), the Research Framework Programmes of the European Commission (FP5, FP6, and FP7), the European Science Foundation, the Norface ERA-NET network, and several national research agencies (of Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Switzerland).

    Her main areas of research and teaching are the governance of cultural diversity, migration, and nationalism from a European and international perspective. Over the past 15 years, she has raised approximately 12 million Euros in research funds from European, international and national sources, and co-ordinated 30 international research projects in these research fields.

    Her publications include more than 120 articles in refereed journals and chapters in collective volumes, five authored books and 19 edited and co-edited volumes.

    Raffles Professor of Social Sciences, National University of Singapore (NUS); Research Leader, Asian Migration Cluster, Asia Research Institute, NUS


    Brenda S.A. Yeoh is Raffles Professor of Social Sciences at the National University of Singapore (NUS) and Research Leader of the Asian Migration Cluster at the Asia Research Institute, NUS. Her research interests include the politics of space in colonial and postcolonial cities, and she also has considerable experience working on a wide range of migration research in Asia. Key themes include cosmopolitanism and talent migration; gender, social reproduction and care migration; migration, national identity and citizenship issues; globalising universities and international student mobilities; and cultural politics, family dynamics and international marriage migrants. She has published widely on these topics.

    Founding President, the Egyptian Society for Migration Studies (EGYMIG); Adjunct Professor, The American University in Cairo (AUC)

    Ayman Zohry (Ph.D. University of Sussex) is an expert on migration studies based in Cairo, Egypt. He is the current as well as the founding president of the Egyptian Society for Migration Studies (EGYMIG). Following his early interests in Arab and Egyptian demography (1987-1998), Dr. Zohry’s research interests have shifted increasingly to the study of migration. His current research interests include migration and labour circulation, international migration, migration policies in the Middle East and North Africa, and Europe.