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?” 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. 


(in surname alphabetical order)
Please note that this webpage is being updated regularly.


Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) Chair of Contemporary Indian Studies, Rutgers University

Binod Khadria’s recommended top three reads:

  1. "Adversary Analysis and the Quest for Global Development" by Binod Khadria (2009)
  2. "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)
  3. "Involuntary and Illegal Migration to India: The Case of Bangladesh" by Binod Khadria (2016)


Executive Director, Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF)

Khalid Koser’s recommended top three reads:

  1. "Migration in an Interconnected World: New Directions for Action" by Global Commission on International Migration (2005)
  2. "The Business Case for Migration" by the World Economic Forum (2013)


South African Research Chair in Mobility and the Politics of Difference, African Centre for Migration & Society, University of the Witwatersrand

Loren Landau's recommended top three reads:

  1. "Planning and Participation in Cities that Move: Identifying Obstacles to Municipal Mobility Management" by Loren Landau, Aurelia Segatti and Jean Pierre Misago (2013)
  2. "Stealth Humanitarianism: Negotiating Politics, Precarity, and Performance Management in Protecting the Urban Displaced" by Caroline Wanjiku Kihato and Loren Landau (2016)
  3. "Southern Urbanism, Legalization, and the Limits of Migration Law" by Loren Landau (forthcoming, 2017)


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

Susan Martin’s recommended top three reads:

  1. "Soft Law and the Protection of Vulnerable Migrants" by Alexander Betts (2010)
  2. "What is Crisis Migration?" by Susan Martin, Sanjula Weerasinghe and Abbie Taylor (2014)
  3. "International Migration and Global Governance" by Susan Martin (2015) 


Director, UN University Institute on Globalization, Culture and Mobility (UNU-GCM)

Parvati Nair‘s recommended top three reads:

  1. "In This World" by Michael Winterbottom (2002)
  2. "The Turbulence of Migration: Globalization, Deterritorialization and Hybridity" directed by Nikos Papastergiadis (2000)
  3. "Practicing Diversity" directed by Megha Amrith (2015) 


Senior Fellow and Co-Founder, Migration Policy Institute

Kathleen Newland's recommended top three reads:

  1. "Report of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Migration" by Peter Sutherland (2017)
  2. "Unauthorized maritime Migration in Europe and the Mediterranean Region"  by Elizabeth Collett (2016)
  3. "Global Governance: Fear And Desire" by Kathleen Newland (2011)


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

Sriprapha Petcharamesree's recommended top three reads:

  1. "States, Nations, and Borders, the Ethics of Making Borders" by Allen Buchanan and Margaret Moore (eds) (2003)
  2. "Beyond Borders" by Gopal Krishna Siwakoti (2012)
  3. "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)


Associate Professor of Sociology at the Institute of Asian Studies, Universiti Brunei Darussalam

Md Mizanur Rahman’s recommended top three reads:

  1. "Gendering Migrant Remittances: Evidence from Bangladesh and the United Arab Emirates" by Md Mizanur Rahman (2012)

  2. "Migrant Indebtedness: Bangladeshis in the GCC Countries" by Md Mizanur Rahman (2013)

  3. "Immigration and Integration Policy in Singapore" by Md Mizanur Rahman (2017)



Associate Professor of Political Economy, Oxford University

Martin Ruhs' recommended top three reads:

  1. "Realistic and Idealistic Approaches to the Ethics of Migration" by Joseph Carens (1996)
  2. "Merchants of Labor: Recruiters and International Labor Migration" by Philip Martin (2017)
  3. "The Price of Rights: Regulating International Labor Migration" by Martin Ruhs (2013)


Head, Center of Social Demography, Institute of Socio-Political Research, Russian Academy of Sciences; Professor, Head, Department of Demographic and Migration Policy, Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO-University)

Sergey Ryazantsev's recommended top three reads:

  1. "Emigration from Russia: New Trends and Forms" by  V. A. Iontsev, S. V. Ryazantsev and S. V. Iontseva (2016)
  2. "Russia Needs a New Migration Policy" by Sergey Ryazantsev (2013)
  3. "Labour Migration from Central Asia to Russia in the Context of the Economic Crisis" by Sergey Ryazantsev (2016)