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

Rizza Kaye Cases

1 July - 18 September 2015


Rizza Kaye Cases is a PhD student in Sociology and Social Research at the University of Trento, Italy.  She was a lecturer at the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Ateneo de Manila University and instructor in the Sociology Department of the University of the Philippines-Diliman. She earned her MA degree in Sociology at the University of the Philippines-Diliman. Her MA thesis on risk and community-based health insurance was a recipient of the Research Award Program from the Philippine Social Science Council. She was also involved in research projects in the areas of health and health care, climate change, violence against women, urban poverty, and homelessness. Her doctoral research project focuses on how migrant networks influence migration projects and trajectories, either by facilitating or constraining geographical mobility and integration.  Using both quantitative and qualitative techniques, she examines the development and transformation of the networks of Filipino nurses and domestic workers in New York and London from the initial migration phase to the process of settlement and subsequent integration. Her study aims to open up the possibility to better understand the variable interaction between migrants’ integration and transnational engagement.

Colleen Ward

1 July - 18 August 2015


Colleen Ward is Professor of Cross-cultural Psychology and the Director of the Centre for Applied Cross-cultural Research at Victoria University of Wellington. New Zealand. She received her PhD in Psychology from the University of Durham and has held previous teaching and research positions at the University of the West Indies (Trinidad), Science University of Malaysia, National University of Singapore and Canterbury University (New Zealand). Her research interests are in psychological aspects of immigration, particularly: 1) immigrants’ experiences of acculturation and adaptation and 2) intercultural relations between immigrants and members of the receiving society. Colleen has acted as a consultant for the Department of Labour’s  Longitudinal Immigration Survey in New Zealand and Quota Refugees + 10 projects and the Ministry of Social Development’s Report on Diverse Communities. She is past President of the International Academy for Intercultural Research and Asian Association of Social Psychology and Honorary Fellow of the International Association for Cross-cultural Psychology. In 2011 she was recipient of the Royal Society of New Zealand’s Te Rangi Hiroa Medal for her research on cultural diversity. Colleen is currently working on the revised and updated edition of The Psychology of Culture Shock.

Jacobo Muñoz-Comet

1 June - 31 July 2015


Dr. Jacobo Muñoz-Comet holds a PhD in Sociology from UCM (Madrid, Spain), a Bachelor in Sociology (UNED, Spain) and a Bachelor in Information Science (UCM, Spain). Since 2012 he is Assistant Professor at the Department of Sociology II (Social Stratification) of UNED. Previously he was awarded with a four years PhD grant from the Ministry of Science and Innovation (Government of Spain). During his PhD, he did a research internship at the Department of Sociology of the VU University of Amsterdam (Netherlands). His major research interests focus on the dynamics of migration, labor inequality and the return of education in the labor market. In 2014 he won the first prize of the Sixth ISA Worldwide Competition for Junior Sociologists, organized by International Sociological Association (ISA).

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).

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.

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.