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

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. 

Line Neerup Handlos

5 January to 20 March 2015


With a background in Public Health Science, Line Neerup Handlos is a PhD fellow at Danish Research Centre for Migration, Ethnicity and Health at University of Copenhagen. Line's research concerns drivers for return migration with a focus on elderly, chronically ill Bosnian refugees who came to Denmark during and after the war on the Balkans in the 1990s. She is especially interested in finding out what role health matters play in the decision making relating to returning. Besides exploring the drivers behind return migration, Line is engaged in investigating the health consequences of returning to one's country of origin, with an emphasis on consequences for physical and mental health status as well as access to healthcare services.

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. 

Ernesto Castaneda

6 October 2014 to 31 March 2015


Dr Ernesto Castaneda works on migration, health disparities, urban sociology, social movements, historical/comparative sociology, transnationalism, and homelessness. He has conducted surveys and ethnographic fieldwork in the United States, France, Spain, Switzerland, Mexico, Algeria, and Morocco. He compares Latino and Muslim integration and ethnic political mobilization in the U.S. and Western Europe. He is researching the diffusion of discourses around border security. He has published on the relation between remittances and development; integration and transnationalism; hometown associations and diaspora organizations; urban exclusion; transnational families and the children of migrants left behind in their places of origin; and health disparities within Hispanic, immigrant, and homeless populations.

Dr Castaneda received a PhD in Sociology from Columbia University in 2010. He was an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at El Paso, and is currently affiliated with the Zolberg Center on Global Migration at the New School for Social Research. He is a member of the Scholars Strategy Network. He has been a visiting scholar at the Sorbonne, and the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po). Among others, his research has been funded by the U.S. National Sciences Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH)