Migration Research Leaders Syndicate
IOM has invited the world’s leading migration researchers to join in sharing their expertise and knowledge in support of the 2018 global compact on safe, orderly and regular migration. We have designed the Syndicate to take into account a range of factors, including the ambitious timeframe set for the global compact for migration, the wealth of expertise of leading academic and applied researchers working on a wide range of migration topics, and the substantial body of migration research and analysis currently existing globally that could usefully support global compact for migration processes. With this in mind, we are asking Syndicate members to contribute in ways that reflect their leadership in migration research, their busy schedules and ongoing commitments.
As a first step, we asked Syndicate members to provide their ‘top three reads’ to inform discussions and negotiations ahead of the global compact for migration. In other words, we have asked Syndicate members: “If you had the chance to provide only three pieces of research and analysis on aspects of (un)safe, (dis)orderly and (ir)regular migration to policymakers, what would they be?” A closed workshop was held in late September with Syndicate members and advisors to refine ideas on some of the most complex and pressing issues in international migration today (please see link on the right-hand side of the page for more information). A final publication comprising Syndicate members' contributions will be launched in late November.
In providing this important platform, IOM is striving for geographic and thematic diversity, with a focus on objectivity, neutrality and non-partisanship. Importantly, the views expressed by members of the Syndicate do not necessarily reflect those of IOM or any of its member states.
MIGRATION RESEARCH LEADERS SYNDICATE - MEMBERS
(in surname alphabetical order) Please note that this webpage is being updated regularly.
Walter Kälin is professor emeritus for international and (Swiss) constitutional law, University of Bern/Switzerland. He is the present Envoy of the Chair of the Platform on Disaster Displacement and the former Envoy of the Nansen Initiative on disaster-induced cross-border displacement (2012 – 1015). Prof. Kälin also served as Representative of the UN Secretary-General on the Human Rights of internally displaced persons (2004 – 2010), as a member of the UN Human Rights Committee (2003 – 2008 / 2012 – 2014) and as Special Rapporteur of the UN Human Rights Commission on the situation of human rights in Iraqi occupied Kuwait (1991/92).
Walter Kaelin's recommended top three reads:
- "Executive summary" of the Migration and Global Environmental Change Report by Foresight (2011)
- "Agenda for the Protection of Cross-Border Displaced persons in the Context of Disasters and Climate Change" by the Nansen Initiative on Disaster-Induced Cross-Border Displacement (2015)
- "Building International Approaches to Climate Change, Disasters and Displacement" by Jane McAdam (2016)
Binod Khadria is a professor of economics and education at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, and Director of International Migration and Diaspora Studies (IMDS) Project. Presently holding the coveted ICCR Chair of Contemporary Indian Studies at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, he has been formerly a recipient of two prestigious fellowships: the Times Fellowship in India and the Fulbright Fellowship in the US. As a visiting professor he has taught at the University of Melbourne in Australia; Kwansai Gakuin University in Japan; National University of Singapore, Maastricht University in the Netherlands; Graduate Institute, Geneva; University of Rouen in France; University of Sussex, UK; Trinity College Dublin; Boston University; and the University of Pennsylvania. In 2013, while at Trinity College Dublin, he delivered one of the prestigious Euro-Visions public lectures organized to mark the Irish Presidency of the European Council.
Professor Khadria is Deputy Chair for South Asia and Regional Coordinator for India at the Asia Pacific Migration Research Network (APMRN), and a member of the Boards of a number of organizations, like IOM Migration Research and Training Centre (MRTC) at Seoul, South Korea; International Network on Migration and Development (INMD) at Zacatecas, Mexico; International Geographical Union (IGU), and International Union for the Scientific Study Population (IUSSP). Apart from being a member of the International Steering Committee of the Metropolis International for many years, he has just launched one of its Asia Secretariats in New Delhi. He is also on the editorial advisory boards of a number of peer-reviewed journals: Journal for Citizenship and Globalisation Studies (Australia), Canadian Foreign Policy Journal (Canada), Journal of International Migration and Integration (Canada); Migration Studies (Oxford, UK); Asian and Pacific Migration Journal (Philippines); Journal of South Asian Diaspora (India); and Journal of Migration and Development (India).
His publications include The Migration of Knowledge Workers: Second-generation Effects of India's Brain Drain (Sage, 1999) and a number of research papers by ILO, OECD, Global Commission on International Migration (GCIM), Institut de recherche pour le développement (IRD, France), Institute for Developing Economies (IDE-JETRO, Japan), Harvard International Review, 2010 World Social Science Report, Encyclopedia of the Indian Diaspora (Didier Millet), etc. One of his often cited 2001 article,“Shifting Paradigms of Globalization: The Twenty-first Century Transition towards Generics in Skilled Migration from India”, first published in IOM journal International Migration was reprinted in a 2011 four-volume Sage Library of International Relations Series. In 2007, he was the Guest Editor of a Special Issue of the Asian Population Studies on “Skilled Diasporas in Asian Development”. In 2010, he was an External Advisory Board member of the IOM’s World Migration Report, and in 2013 an Editorial Board member of The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration (Wiley-Blackwell). Recently, in collaboration with Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), he concluded a major joint-research project funded by the Swiss Network for International Studies (SNIS) on “Migration, Scientific Diasporas and Development Impact of Return Migration on India”, and published a jointly edited volume, Indian Skilled Migration and Development: To Europe and Back, (Springer, 2014). His latest co-authored publication is the Research Report published by the Youth Research Centre, Melbourne Graduate School of Education: India’s Human Capital in Gen-Y and Gen-Z: Constructs of an Index of Service Production, Research Report 47, Oct., 2016: http://education.unimelb.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0008/2208986/Indias-Human-Capital-in-Gen-Y-and-Gen-Z_Khadria-et-al_2016.pdf
In 2009, Professor Khadria was nominated to the International Advisory Committee of the 3rd UN Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) held at Athens. In the same year, he launched the India Migration Report on the sub-theme Past, Present and the Future Outlook followed by the next volume, on The Americas in 2012, published by the Cambridge University Press. He is presently engaged in preparation of next two volumes, one on The Continents of Africa and Europe, and the other on The Asia-Pacific. In addition, he is co-editing a SAGE Handbook of International Migration.
At Rutgers, as the first ICCR Chair of Indian Studies in the US, Professor Khadria has introduced a new Spring-term graduate course, “Economics for the Global Citizen”. “Ear to Asia”, a podcast series by the Asia Institute, University of Melbourne has recently aired his views on the two Indian Diasporas in the Global Workforce:
Binod Khadria’s recommended top three reads:
- "Adversary Analysis and the Quest for Global Development" by Binod Khadria (2009)
- "Migration of Health Workers and Health of International Migrants: Framework for Bridging Some Knowledge Disjoints Between Brain Drain and Brawn Drain" by Binod Khadria (2012)
- "Involuntary and Illegal Migration to India: The Case of Bangladesh" by Binod Khadria (2016)
Dr Khalid Koser is Executive Director of the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund. Dr Koser is an Associate Fellow at Chatham House, Research Associate at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Non-Resident Fellow at the Lowy Institute in Sydney and extraordinary Professor in Conflict, Peace and Security in the Faculty of Humanities and Sciences at Maastricht University. He is also co-chair of the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Migration, and editor of the Journal of Refugee Studies. Dr Koser is a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE).
Khalid Koser’s recommended top three reads:
- "Migration in an Interconnected World: New Directions for Action" by Global Commission on International Migration (2005)
- "The Business Case for Migration" by the World Economic Forum (2013)
Loren Landau holds an MSc in Development Studies (LSE) and a PhD in Political Science (Berkeley). Widely published in the academic and popular press, he is author of 'The Humanitarian Hangover: Displacement, Aid, and Transformation in Western Tanzania' (Wits Press), co-editor of 'Contemporary Migration to South Africa' (World Bank), and editor of 'Exorcising the Demons Within: Xenophobia, Violence and Statecraft in Contemporary South Africa' (UN University Press). He has served as the chair of the Consortium for Refugees and Migrants in South Africa (CoRMSA), is a member of the South African Immigration Advisory Board and of the editorial boards of International Migration Review, Migration Studies, and the Journal of Refugee Studies.
He is currently exploring comparative perspectives on how mobility is reshaping the politics of rapidly diversifying and expanding communities. Through examinations starting in South Africa and extending across Africa and elsewhere, it will identify and explain emerging forms of political subjectivity, political authority, and governance regimes in spaces characterised by continued mobility. In its initial phase the concentration will be on the continent’s emerging urban estuaries: gateway zones characterised by transience, translocalism and social heterogeneity. As sites often loosely structured by state policy or dominant cultural norms, these estuaries are giving rise to novel modes of political community, institutional configurations, and practical ethics.
Loren Landau's recommended top three reads:
- "Planning and Participation in Cities that Move: Identifying Obstacles to Municipal Mobility Management" by Loren Landau, Aurelia Segatti and Jean Pierre Misago (2013)
- "Stealth Humanitarianism: Negotiating Politics, Precarity, and Performance Management in Protecting the Urban Displaced" by Caroline Wanjiku Kihato and Loren Landau (2016)
- "Southern Urbanism, Legalization, and the Limits of Migration Law" by Loren Landau (forthcoming, 2017)
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.
Susan Martin’s recommended top three reads:
- "Soft Law and the Protection of Vulnerable Migrants" by Alexander Betts (2010)
- "What is Crisis Migration?" by Susan Martin, Sanjula Weerasinghe and Abbie Taylor (2014)
- "International Migration and Global Governance" by Susan Martin (2015)
Linguère Mously Mbaye is working at the Macroeconomic Policy, Forecasting and Research Department of the African Development Bank (AfDB) in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. She is also affiliated to IZA, Institute of Labor Economics, Bonn, Germany and the Global Labor Organisation (GLO). From 2012 to 2015, Linguère worked as a Research Associate and Deputy Program Director for the Employment and Development Area of IZA.
She completed her PhD from the Center for Studies and Research in International Development (CERDI)-University of Auvergne (France) in April 2013. Her main fields of interest are Development Economics, Migration, Labor Economics, and Gender.
Linguère Mbaye's recommended top three reads:
- “Home Sweet Home? Macroeconomic Conditions in Home Countries and the Well-Being of Migrants” by Alpaslan Akay, Olivier Bargain, Klaus F. Zimmermann (2016)
- “Climate change, natural disasters, and migration” by Linguère Mously Mbaye (2017)
- “"Barcelona or die": understanding illegal migration from Senegal” by Linguère Mously Mbaye (2014)
Professor Parvati Nair has taught and published in the fields of Cultural Studies and Hispanic Studies. Her particular areas of focus are on questions of gender, ethnicity and cultural identity in contexts of mobility and displacement. She also writes on the representations of migration in cultural media, especially photography. She is the Principal Editor of the refereed journal Crossings: Journal of Migration and Culture. Parvati holds a PhD in Spanish Cultural Studies from Birkbeck College, University of London.
Parvati Nair‘s recommended top three reads:
- "In This World" by Michael Winterbottom (2002)
- "The Turbulence of Migration: Globalization, Deterritorialization and Hybridity" directed by Nikos Papastergiadis (2000)
- "Practicing Diversity" directed by Megha Amrith (2015)
Kathleen Newland is a Senior Fellow and Co-Founder of the Migration Policy Institute. Her focus is on the relationship between migration and development, the governance of international migration, and refugee protection. She is also the Founding Director of the International diaspora Engagement Alliance (IdEA) during its incubation phase at MPI from 2011-13; IdEA was established as a partnership among MPI, the State Department, and U.S. Agency for International Development. She is a Member of the MPI Board of Trustees. Previously, at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, she was a Senior Associate and then Co-Director of the International Migration Policy Program (1994-01). She sits on the Board of Overseers of the International Rescue Committee and the boards of directors of USA for UNHCR, the Stimson Center, Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), and the Foundation for The Hague Process on Migrants and Refugees. She also is a Chair Emerita of the Women's Commission for Refugee Women and Children. Prior to joining the Migration Program at the Carnegie Endowment in 1994, Ms. Newland worked as an independent consultant for such clients as the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the World Bank, and the office of the Secretary-General of the United Nations. From 1988-92, Ms. Newland was on the faculty of the London School of Economics. During that time, she also co-founded (with Lord David Owen) and directed Humanitas, an educational trust dedicated to increasing awareness of international humanitarian issues. From 1982 to 1988, she worked at the United Nations University in Tokyo as Special Assistant to the Rector. She began her career as a researcher at Worldwatch Institute in 1974. Ms. Newland is author or editor of eight books, including Developing a Road Map for Engaging Diasporas in Development: A Handbook for Policymakers and Practitioners in Home and Host Countries (MPI and International Organization for Migration, 2012); Diasporas: New Partners in Global Development Policy (MPI, 2010); No Refuge: The Challenge of Internal Displacement (United Nations, 2003); and The State of the World’s Refugees (UN High Commissioner for Refugees, 1993). She has also written 17 shorter monographs as well as numerous policy papers, articles, and book chapters. Ms. Newland is a graduate of Harvard University and the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. She did additional graduate work at the London School of Economics.
Kathleen Newland's recommended top three reads:
- "Report of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Migration" by Peter Sutherland (2017)
- "Unauthorized maritime Migration in Europe and the Mediterranean Region" by Elizabeth Collett (2016)
- "Global Governance: Fear And Desire" by Kathleen Newland (2011)
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.
Sriprapha Petcharamesree's recommended top three reads:
- "States, Nations, and Borders, the Ethics of Making Borders" by Allen Buchanan and Margaret Moore (eds) (2003)
- "Beyond Borders" by Gopal Krishna Siwakoti (2012)
- "Equal Only in Name - The Human Rights of Stateless Rohingya in Thailand" and "Equal Only in Name - The Human Rights of Stateless Rohingya in Malaysia" by The Equal Rights Trust and Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies (2014)
Md Mizanur Rahman is Associate Professor of Sociology at the Institute of Asian Studies, Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Brunei Darussalam. His areas of expertise include migration and development, diaspora engagement, migrant businesses, migrant entrepreneurship, labor migration, migration policy and migrant remittances. He has conducted extensive fieldwork for South Asian migration and diaspora related research projects in Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, South Korea, Bangladesh, Hong Kong SAR, Qatar, the UAE, India, Indonesia, Germany, Italy, the UK, Canada, and the USA. He is an Editorial Review Board member of Migration Letters, Migration and Development, Remittance Review, South Asian Journal of Global Business Research and International Journal of South Asian Studies. His recent publications include research monograph entitled ‘Bangladeshi Migration to Singapore: A Process-oriented approach’ (Springer, 2017) and co-edited books ‘Diaspora Engagement and Development in South Asia’ (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), ‘Migrant Remittances in South Asia’ (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), ‘International Migration and Development in South Asia’ (Routledge, 2015), and ‘International Migration in Southeast Asia’ (Springer, 2016). His research articles have appeared in leading international migration journals such as International Migration, Journal of International Migration and Integration, Population, Space and Place, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Asian and Pacific Migration Journal, Asia Europe Journal, Canadian Journal of Development Studies, and Asian Population Studies.
Md Mizanur Rahman’s recommended top three reads:
"Gendering Migrant Remittances: Evidence from Bangladesh and the United Arab Emirates" by Md Mizanur Rahman (2012)
"Migrant Indebtedness: Bangladeshis in the GCC Countries" by Md Mizanur Rahman (2013)
"Immigration and Integration Policy in Singapore" by Md Mizanur Rahman (2017)