Migration Research and Publishing High-Level Advisers

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.

For more information about the High-Level Advisers, email research@iom.int.


(in surname alphabetical order)


Mohammad Jalal Abbasi-Shavazi is Professor of Demography, University of Tehran, Iran; holds the position of Honorary Professor at the University of Melbourne, Australia, and was the Director of the Iran National Institute of Population Research, 2014-2020. His extensive publications include the co-edited volume on Demography of Refugee and Forced Migration. He served as a member of Editorial Board of several scientific journals including Asian Population Studies, International Migration Review, International Migration, and Migration and Development. Abbasi-Shavazi also served as the President of the Asian Population Association (2011-2012) and the Population Association of Iran (2018-2020).  He is the Laureate of the 2011 United Nations Population Award.



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.



Harald Bauder is the Director of the Graduate Program in Immigration and Settlement Studies and Professor of Geography at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. He served as the founding Academic Director of the Ryerson Centre for Immigration and Settlement and is a recipient of the Konrad Adenauer Research Award granted by the Alexander v. Humboldt Foundation and the Royal Society of Canada. His current research interests are in urban approaches towards migrant accommodation and integration; international comparative migration research; and newcomer-settler-Indigenous relations. 



Jacqueline Bhabha, JD, MSc, is the Director of Research at the François-Xavier Bagnoud (FXB) Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University and Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She also serves as the Jeremiah Smith Jr. Lecturer in Law at Harvard Law School and adjunct lecturer in public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. She received a first-class honors degree and an MSc from Oxford University, and a JD from the College of Law in London. She has published extensively on issues of transnational child migration, refugee protection, children’s rights and citizenship. She teaches international human rights and refugee law.



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.