COMPAS Visiting Academics

The COMPAS Visiting Academic Programme encourages senior academics, practitioners and policy makers (typically those on a period of sabbatical or study leave from their organisation), as well as doctoral students and post doctoral scholars, to visit COMPAS and undertake a period of self directed research with the support of senior academics here at COMPAS who are specialists within the field of migration studies. Visit periods can last from one term through to one year, and applications are welcomed all year round. Applications to COMPAS are accepted on the basis of appropriateness to our key research themes.

We ask that anyone interested in applying contact a member of COMPAS staff with a brief description of your work, the reason for wanting to visit COMPAS and a request for them to act as your 'link-person'.

Once you have the support of a link-person, please complete an application form (see below for further information). The completed form will then be submitted to our senior committee for review and a final decision. A decision will normally be made and communicated within 3-4 weeks of receiving the application. All applications should be submitted at least two months in advance of a proposed visit and there is a non-negotiable fee payable for each academic term of stay.

A COMPAS Visiting Academic has no official affiliation to the University of Oxford and the association is designed for periods of independent, self-directed research work. It is not a training course, nor is it applicable for people wishing to apply for a student visa to study on a course. Unfortunately COMPAS is unable to assist with visa applications.

Applications can be requested by emailing 

Please clearly mark the subject of the email “COMPAS Visiting Academic Application”.

Previous visitors

28 September 2014 to 5 December 2014 

Andrew McWilliam is a Senior Fellow in Anthropology at the Australian National University. He has long term research interests in eastern Indonesia and East Timor.  Recent publications include a co-edited volume entitled, Land and Life in Timor-Leste: Ethnographic Essays (ANU E-Press 2011) and a co-authored monograph, Property and Social Resilience in Times of Conflict: Land, Custom and Law in East Timor (Ashgate UK 2012). As a visiting academic to COMPAS in Oxford in 2014,  Andrew will continue his current research on Timorese experiences with labour migration to the UK and the impact of the growing remittance economy for home communities in East Timor.

22 September 2014 to 30 June 2015


Midori OKABE is Professor of International Relations in the Department of International Legal Studies, Faculty of Law, Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan. She was a former visiting scholar to the Centre of International Studies, University of Cambridge, UK (2006) and Academic Programme Associate, Peace and Governance Programme, the United Nations University (2004-2006). 

She has received her Ph. D. (Advanced Social and International Studies), MA (Advanced Social and International Studies) and MA (Area Studies) at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Tokyo, as well as BA (Sociology) at the University of Tokyo. Her work focuses on the global governance of international migration, mainly with a view to European integration. Her current research interest rests on the international political (and economic) relations on migration management and the global order with regard to international migration. 

Her major works include:

  • "Commentary on: Erin Aeran Chung, 'Immigration Control and Immigrant Incorporation in Japan and Korea'", in W. Cornelius, P. L. Martin and J.F. Hollifield (eds.), Controlling Immigration: A Global Perspective (3rd edition), Stanford University Press, 2014
  • "The Emergence of the Schengen Norm: An Analysis of European International Relations on the Issue of Border Control," Sophia Law Review vol. LVII, no.1, 2, 2013 (in Japanese)
  • "The Practice of Region-Building and Immigration Control - the EU strategy towards Asia," Paper presented at the EUSAAP Annual Conference (Macau, 17-18 May, 2013)
  • "The European Union Policy on Migration Management and its Potential Relevance to the Japanese Politics," Paper presented at the Japan-EU Conference (Brussels, November 30, 2010)
  • "Management from the Inside-Out: Relevance of EU Migration Control to the Non-EU World," Paper presented at the Seventeenth Conference of the Council for European Studies (Montreal, 15-17 April 2010) 



Paloma Moré

22 September 2014 to 22 December 2014


With a background in Sociology and Journalism, Paloma is PhD Candidate in International Migration and Social Integration at the Instituto Universitario de Investigación Ortega y Gasset, in Spain. Her doctoral research is being funded (2011-2015) by the FPI-Scholarships of the University Complutense of Madrid. She is also member, since 2009, of the Research Group in Social Sciences of Work Charles Babbage. She is interested in the links between gender, international migration and care work. Her PhD is a cross-national research that focuses on the labour trajectories, working conditions, and experiences of labour identities, of care workers for elderly in Spain and France. She has been Visiting Academic at the Genre, Travail et Mobilités team (GTM) of the Centre de Recherches Sociologiques et Politiques de Paris (CRESPPA, CNRS) in France in 2013, and at the Centre for International Research on Care, Labour and Equalities (CIRCLE) at the University of Leeds in UK in 2012. Currently, she is engaged on two collective research projects: Women "in Transit" and the Transformation of Gender Identity in the Migratory Processes, funded by Spanish Women's Institute and European Social Found and directed by Dr. Maria-Caterina La Barbera; and Challenges and alternatives to precarious work and life in the current crisis, funded by Spanish Ministry of Economy (Plan I+D+I) and directed by Prof. Dr. Juan-José Castillo and Dr. Pablo López-Calle.

Devyani Prabhat

1 July 2014 to 30 September 2014


Dr Devyani Prabhat lectures on Constitutional Rights at the University of Bristol Law School, UK. She is an Attorney at Law, New York Bar. Her research interests are citizenship, rights and national security. She is interested in the role of lawyers and the law in social change. Her book on Lawyers, National Security and the Rule of Law with Palgrave is forthcoming 2015. At present Devyani is writing on the deprivation of British citizenship and the revocation of Canadian citizenship. Her twitter account is @Devi636

Dada Docot

15 May to 15 September 2014


Dada Docot is a PhD candidate in Anthropology at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada. Her dissertation research is an ethnography that examines the entangled workings of migration and intimacies in the everyday life in her rural hometown in Southeast Luzon island, Philippines. She is interested in anthropology of the home, particularly in the different kinds of critical engagement that arise when a "native" anthropologist is in the field. She is a visual artist and filmmaker whose projects revolve around the issue of Filipino overseas migration, and her works have been exhibited and screened internationally. Her doctoral research is being funded by the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Government of Canada. She is also affiliated with the Liu Institute for Global Issues at UBC, and co-founder of the UBC Philippine Studies Series.