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

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)

Xinrong Ma

30 September 2014 to 30 December 2014 

Xinrong Ma is a Ph.D researcher in Political Science Department of Leiden University, the Netherlands. Her Ph.D research focuses on Chinese internal migrants, with a particular interest in ethnic minority migrant workers. Her current research, founded by China Scholarship Council, aims to explore what ethnicity means to ethnic Yi migrant workers’ collective actions, and how grassroots governments respond to the collective actions from ethnic Yi workers in Pearl River Delta of China. Her broader research interest includes migration, nation-state building, ethnic identity and authoritarianism regime. Her Ph.D fieldwork research is funded by CEFC (French Centre for Research on Contemporary China) short-term mobility grant.

Midori Okabe

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.