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.

There is currently a fee of £1,200 per term (£950 for doctoral students).  Fees are reduced by 50% over the Summer Break (July- September). Unfortunately, we are unable to negotiate fee reductions. (See University of Oxford term dates)  

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

David Leal

20 May - 8 June 2015


David Leal has been a professor at the University of Texas at Austin since 2002. His primary academic interests are Latino politics and policy, and he has taught classes such as Latino Politics, Mexican American Public Policy Studies, Politics and Religion, and the U.S. Congress. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1998, and from 1998-99, he was an APSA Congressional Fellow in Washington, DC, working in the office of a U.S. senator. In 2013, he was named a Distinguished Alumni Scholar by Stanford University, where he received his undergraduate degree. During the summer of 2014, he was a Fulbright Distinguished Lecturer in Japan and joined the editorial boards of Political Research Quarterly and Education Next. 

Pier-Luc Dupont

11 May to 11 August 2015


Pier-Luc Dupont is a doctoral researcher at the Human Rights Institute, University of Valencia. He holds a B.A. in International Studies and Modern Languages (Laval University) and master's degrees in Migration Studies (University of Valencia, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland, Lille Catholic University) and Human Rights, Democracy and International Justice (University of Valencia). His thesis project, which is supported by the Spanish Ministry of Education, critically examines multicultural policies in democratic states, with a focus on the prevention of ethnic prejudice and discrimination. Since 2013, he has been participating in the research project "Human rights, multicultural societies and conflicts" (, funded by the Spanish Secretariat of Research, Development and Innovation. His publications include "¿Reconocimiento o antidiscriminación? Una síntesis jurídico-política" (Derechos y Libertades, 2015) and "El estado español y la lucha contra el racismo: un balance preliminary", in Ángeles Solanes Corella y Encarnación La Spina (eds.), Políticas migratorias, asilo y derechos humanos: Un cruce de perspectivas entre la Unión Europea y España (Tirant lo Blanch, 2014).

Stuart McClean

6 April to 29 May 2015


Dr Stuart McClean is a Senior Lecturer in Social Research at the University of the West of England, Bristol. A social scientist with interdisciplinary interests in public health and wellbeing, he received his B.A. (Hons) and PhD from the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology at the University of Hull. Stuart is a fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute as well as the Royal Society of Public Health, and is the author of several books, official reports and articles on health, self and society. He has wide experience of a range of qualitative and evaluation methodologies, and has undertaken a number of health service stakeholder evaluations on the introduction of complementary therapies into the NHS. Stuart is currently conducting NHS funded research on the impact of migration on health, focusing on both lifestyle change among recent EU migrants and the impact on child health, as well as South Asian and Somali parents' perception of changes to diet in infancy, immunisation, prevention of accidental injury and parental smoking. He leads a research theme for the Public Health Research Group on Inequality, Disadvantage and Public Policy.

Duygu Cantekin

1 April 2015 to 1 April 2016

Duygu Cantekin received her PhD degree in Clinical Psychology from Middle East Technical University, Ankara. Her dissertation focuses on the possible risk factors and the coping resources for mental health of Syrian asylum seekers residing in Turkish camps during pre-migration, migration and post-migration phases. During her doctoral studies, she studied in the University of Groningen conducting research on the acculturation attitudes of Turkish migrants. She has expertise in qualitative and quantitative research methods. 

Apart from her academic studies, she worked for the Turkish Red Crescent as a psychosocial service officer. She also worked as operations executive of the joint UN World Food Program - Red Crescent E-Voucher Program in the Syrian refugee camps in Turkey. She has experience in preparing humanitarian service model in immigrant reception and detention centers. She did voluntary work in post-disaster environments, such as 2011 Van earthquake. 

Her main fields of academic interest are migration, mental health, coping, trauma, and culturally congruent psychosocial interventions.

Wen Feng

28 March 2015 to 10 March 2016

Wen Feng is Associate Professor at the School of International Studies/Academy of Overseas Chinese Studies, Jinan University,China. He received a Ph.D in International relations from Jinan University in 2010. In recent years, he has been paying more attention to issues of European migration, especially the overseas Chinese in Europe, including problems of integration to local society, connections with their home country, and so on. He has published a monograph and several articles. He is responsible for the daily routine of the Overseas Chinese Report and Theoretical Research of Overseas Chinese Affairs, which are edited by Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council.

Dr. Wen has worked in Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council for two years. It is very helpful for him to understand Chinese migration policy and enlarge the perspective of observation.

Ayla Deniz

1 March to 31 May 2015


Ayla Deniz is a research assistant and Ph.D candidate at the Department of Geography and Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Ankara (Turkey). She received her BA in Geography from the University of Ankara in 2010 and her MA in Geography from the University of Ankara and Pedagogical University of Crakow (Poland) in 2012. Her fields of academic interest include international migration, transnational social space, feminist theory and gender studies. Ayla is particularly interested in transnational identities and place attachment of Russian migrants in İstanbul/Turkey.  

Juan Guataqui

15 January to 30 May 2015


Juan Guataqui is a lecturer at the Economics Department of Universidad del Rosario, in Bogota, Colombia. He holds a bachelor degree in Economics from Universidad Nacional de Colombia and a PhD in Sociology from Warwick University. Juan has worked with the Colombian government as National Director of Employment in the Labour Ministry and Vice Director of the National Statistics Department (DANE). His main current research fields are labour economics public policy, internal migration and forced displacement, sociology of migration and social cohesion, and economic analysis of law. From these interdisciplinary points of view he is approaching recent issues on Colombian migration, such as the design of public policy for IDPs, labour challenges of Colombian international migrants who are returning to the country, and internal clashes between constitutional law and labour law regarding internal migration. 


Melina Duarte

19 January to 21 June 2015


Melina Duarte is a PhD candidate at the Department of Philosophy, UiT The Arctic University of Norway. She has studied philosophy at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil), at the University of Toulouse II Jean Jaurès (France), at the Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium) and at the Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich (Germany).

Currently, she is writing a doctoral thesis on cosmopolitanism, immigration, and borders in which she investigates whether it is possible to combine open borders with territorial states. The thesis is composed of four papers: (1) Right to Hospitality, Right to Membership: A Critical Review of Kant's and Benhabib's Cosmopolitan Accounts on Immigration and Borders (Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2014), (2) Cosmopolitan Citizenship: The Right to Be a Noncitizen With Electoral Rights (submitted), (3) Territorial Rights of Liberal Democratic States: Challenging the States' Right to Exclude Immigrants (forthcoming Contrastes 2015), (4) Open Borders and Welfare States: Can't They Really Get Along? (in preparation).

Duarte has scientific papers in Portuguese, French and English published in national and international journals and she regularly publishes articles of popular dissemination of philosophy in Brazilian newspapers and magazines. Duarte is a member of the Pluralism, Democracy, and Justice Research Group (UiT, Norway) and of the Civic Constellation Project (UMA, Spain). 


Micheline van Riemsdijk

18 January to 30 June 2015


Micheline van Riemsdijk is Associate Professor of Geography at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Her research agenda is broadly defined by questions of belonging and exclusion, barriers to the free movement of skilled labor, and the experiences of skilled migrants. She is especially interested in the ways in which institutions and actors shape international skilled migration flows, and how migration regulations are formed, contested, and possibly transformed. At COMPAS, Dr. van Riemsdijk will co-author the introduction to an edited book on Rethinking International Skilled Migration (under contract with Routledge, co-edited with Dr. Qingfang Wang) and write a review article on skilled migration research. 

Dr. van Riemsdijk received a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Colorado and an M.A. degree in Scandinavian Languages and Literatures from the University of Minnesota. She has been a visiting scholar at NOVA (Norwegian Social Research), FAFO (Institute for Labor and Social Research), and the Centre for Migration Research at the University of Warsaw. Her research has been funded by the US National Science Foundation, the Research Council of Norway, and the Polish government. 

Shahana Purveen

1 November 2014 to 30 August 2015


Shahana Purveen is a Ph.D scholar in School of Social Sciences at Tata Institute of Social Sciences, India. Her Ph.D research focuses on internal migration in India, particularly ethnic identity of informal migrant workers at destination. She is trying to explore the links between identity, and different experiences of the migrant in Mumbai city, their expectation from the city, and concerns with work and employment. She is on a Ph.D exchange programme under NAMASTE Erasmus Mundus Scholarship (India-EU Mobility Project) to visit the University of Oxford.

She holds MPhil in Child Labour from Tata Institute of Social Sciences and M.A in Human Rights from Aligarh Muslim University, India.