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 note we are not assessing any new applications until early May 2014 so you will not receive any response to your completed application until then.

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

Previous visitors

Hanna Kara

17 March to 26 May 2014


Hanna is a PhD student at the Department of Social Research of the University of Helsinki, Finland, taking also part in the Finnish National Post-Graduate School for Social Work and Social Services – SOSNET. Her PhD research, funded by the Academy of Finland, deals with the migration experiences of Latin American women in Barcelona and explores movement, work, social relations, migration status and irregularity, otherness and subjectivity in the context of their migration. Her general research interests include migration in and from the Latin American and the Caribbean region, gender and migration, migration status and irregularity, transnational everyday life and belonging, and service provision for migrants. Methodologically her main interest lies in qualitative research methods and creative methods. Hanna has also worked as a practitioner in NGOs and as a trainee in the United Nations (UN-Women) on issues concerning migration.

Maria Benedita Queiroz

13 January to 31 March 2014


Maria Benedita Queiroz is a PhD Candidate at the European University Institute in Florence. Her research is focused on concept of illegality in EU migration Law, how this differs from criminality and the way it affects the traditional distinction between regular and irregular migration.

Maria has a European and International Law Master Degree at the Universidade Católica, Porto, Portugal, where her research focused on the issue of European Citizenship and Social Rights of Jobseekers. Previously she worked as a lawyer in Portugal and interned and worked at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg.

Masoumeh Bayat

6th January to 6th April 2014


Masoumeh Bayat is a doctoral candidate in Political Science at the University of Siegen in Germany. She completed her “1. Staatsexamen” degree (equivalent to Master of Education) in 2008 in Political Science, German Language and Literature Studies from the Leibniz University of Hanover, Germany.

Her PhD research, which is funded by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom and the University of Siegen, is focused on the political and media representation of Muslims in the context of the German Islam Conference (DIK). In her dissertation, she analyses the DIK at the political and media level in terms of where essential indicators of the success of the deliberative committee can be found. The guiding questions in her studies are: Who is “allowed” to speak for Muslims, and how are Muslim representatives selected?

As a COMPAS Visiting Academic, Masoumeh will study how the UK – which has many similarities to Germany concerning challenges with the integration of Muslims into society and the relationship between Muslims and the state – and its press respond to the DIK in Germany.

Masoumeh’s broader research interests include the integration and representation of minorities, the relationship between religion and the state, migration and media.

Kokkei To (Guoqing Du)

20 September 2013 to 19 September 2014


Kokkei To (Guoqing Du) holds a PhD in Geography from Tsukuba University, Japan. He is currently a professor at Rikkyo University, Tokyo, Japan.

Kokkei has conducted his research on urban geography, urban tourism, and naturalized population in Japan. He is now interested in the research on the distribution and changes of naturalization in Japan will start to conduct his research during his sabbatical year in Oxford.

Anamaria Marcon Venson

1 August 2013 to 31 July 2014


Anamaria is a PhD candidate in Human Sciences (PPGICH) at the Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC), Brazil. She was granted funds by the National Counsel of Technological and Scientific Development (CNPq) to develop research concerning Brazilian crime processes to resolve international human trafficking for sexual exploitation. Her research aims to analyze how the term “exploitation” is defined within trials, how it varies from one crime process to the other and how this notion is understood and framed by gender and racial issues. She is a research fellow at the Gender and History Studies Laboratory (LEGH- UFSC) and at the Gender Studies Institute (IEG - UFSC).