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 workshop was also 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 was later launched during IOM's 108th Council, in November 2017.
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.
Khalid Koser’s recommended top three reads:
- "Migration in an Interconnected World: New Directions for Action" by the Global Commission on International Migration (2005)
- "The Business Case for Migration" by the World Economic Forum (2013)
- "International Migration: A Very Short Introduction" by Khalid Koser (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).
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 (2017)
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.
Guofu LIU's recommended top three reads:
- “Chinese Immigration Law” by Guofu LIU(2010)
- “Chinese Skilled Migration Legislation and Its Introduction of Foreign Talents” by Guofu LIU (2013).
- “Legislation, Impacts and Deficiencies of the Law of Exit and Entry Administration of China 2013” by Guofu LIU (2014)
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).
Huawen LIU's recommended top three reads:
- "Study on the UN Protocol Against Human Trafficking from a Human Rights Law Perspective" by Huawen LIU (2011) (in Chinese)
- "Basis of Prohibition of Human Trafficking" by Huawen LIU(2016) (in Chinese)
- "Rule of Law, Development and Human Rights: Three Dimensions of China's Path" by Huawen LIU (2014) (in Chinese)
Professor of international human rights law, Assistant Director of Institute of International Law, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences(CASS); Executive Director, the Center for Human Rights Studies, CASS; Deputy General Editor, Chinese Review of International Law, CASS; and Deputy General Editor, Chinese Yearbook of International Law, China Society of International Law.
Huawen LIU has also worked as Legal consultant for UNICEF China and All China Women’s Federation (ACWF) for Project on Revision of Chinese Law on Protection of Minors in 2006; Chief of the EU Micro-project on Promotion of the Awareness and Protection of the Disadvantaged Children in China from January 2007 to June 2008.
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)
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.
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)
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.
Parvati Nair‘s recommended top three reads:
- "In This World" directed by Michael Winterbottom (2002) (film)
- "The Turbulence of Migration: Globalization, Deterritorialization and Hybridity" by Nikos Papastergiadis (2000)
- "Practicing Diversity" by Megha Amrith (2015)
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.
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)
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.
Marius Olivier's reccommended top three reads:
- "Enhancing the Protection of Transnational Migrant Workers: A Critical Evaluation of Regulatory Techniques" by Marius Olivier, Ockert Dupper and Avinash Govindjee (2013)
- "Social Protection for Migrant Workers: National and International Policy Challenges" by Wouter Van Ginneken (2013)
- "Bilateral Agreements and Memoranda of Understanding on Migration of Low Skilled Workers: A Review" by Piyasiri Wickramasekara (2015)
Marius Olivier is Extraordinary professor in the Faculty of Law, Northwest University, Potchefstroom, South Africa and an Adjunct-professor in the School of Law, University of Western Australia. He is also the Director of the Institute for Social Law and Policy (ISLP). Marius has been specialising in and writing on labour law, social security, social protection, and migration, with a focus also on regional dimensions and comparative contexts. He has been intimately involved in the development and reform of social protection and migration schemes and systems, and has been rendering comprehensive services to international and regional organisations (ILO, World Bank, IOM, EU, ACP, ISSA, SADC), to governments, social security institutions, migration and other stakeholders in the developing world, and to development agencies (e.g. DFID; GTZ/GIZ) and donor institutions involved in social protection and migration respectively. He was part of a team mandated to advise the European Commission on supporting the Africa Union on migration, mobility and employment (2013-2014). He has undertaken several migration-related projects for governments and for the ACP, ILO, IOM and the World Bank. Amongst his recent projects for the IOM count a Migration Profile as well as Labour Migration Policy for Namibia, a labour migration skills assessment for Rwanda, a labour migration management assessment in Uganda, training materials as regards labour migration for COMESA and Ethiopia, developing a framework for a redesigned bilateral labour migration regime between South Africa and Mozambique, and access to workers' compensation for occupationally injured and diseased non-national mineworkers and their families. He has also undertaken several continental-, regional- and country-level studies on extending social protection to migrant workers, on behalf of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) – reflecting on the position of migrant workers migrating within and from Africa, and migrant workers migrating within ASEAN, and providing advice to continental and regional organisations (AU, ECOWAS, EAC, SADC, ASEAN) as well as to governments in Southern Africa and in ASEAN (most recently, the government of Viet Nam). Marius has also been assisting the African Commission on Human and People's Rights, the African Union Commission and SADC with the drafting of continental and sub-regional protocols and a code relating to among others the position of various categories of migrants.
Sriprapha Petcharamesree's recommended top three reads:
- "States, Nations, and Borders: the Ethics of Making Boundaries" 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)
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.