Iain Walker Former Staff

Iain Walker is a Research Associate at COMPAS having previously worked as a Senior Researcher in the Flows and Dynamics cluster. His project, ‘Converging cultures: the Hadrami diaspora in the Indian Ocean’, part of the Leverhulme-funded Oxford Diasporas Programme, was concerned with social networks among Hadramis in Eastern Africa and the Arabian peninsula.

His research interests have remained focused on identity and ethnicity, expanding to include migration, globalisation and notions of home and belonging, as well as age systems. His geographical focus has slowly moved northwards.

He carried out doctoral research on mimesis, custom and belonging on the Comorian island of Ngazidja; since then he has worked on movements of people between the Comoros, Zanzibar and Hadramawt. From 2005-2007 he held an ARC Postdoctoral Fellowship at Macquarie University, Sydney, studying identity among mobile communities of Arab origin in East Africa.He is committee member and webmaster of the SwahiliWeb resource site and moderator of the Indian Ocean Studies mailing list.