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

Roberto Suro

21 October to 21 November 2014


Roberto Suro holds a joint appointment as a professor in the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism and the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California. He is also director of the Tomás Rivera Policy Institute, an interdisicplinary university research center exploring the challenges and opportunities of demographic diversity in the 21st century global city. Suro's latest book is Writing Immigration: Scholars and Journalists in Dialogue (U of CA Press, 2011) co-edited with Marcelo Suarez-Orozco and Vivian Louie. 

Prior to joining the USC faculty in August 2007, he was director of the Pew Hispanic Center, a research organization in Washington D.C. which he founded in 2001. Suro worked as foreign and domestic bureau chief for The New York Times and at The Washington Post as deputy national editor and as a staff writer on the national desk. He is the author of several books and several dozen book chapters, research reports and other publications related to Latinos and immigration.

Tania González

6 October 2014 to 15 December 2014

Tania González is a PhD candidate at the Department of Social Anthropology, Stockholm University, and research fellowship at the Marie Curie Initial Training Network CoHaB (Diasporic Constructions of Home and Belonging) since September 2012. She has been a visiting researcher at the Center of Advanced Studies (CEA) at the National University of Córdoba (Argentina) in 2011. Since 2008 Tania has been involved in several research projects: "Migration Policies and Family Transnationalism. Latin American Migration to Spain" funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation and coordinated by the Migrant Researchers Interdisciplinary Group, "Treatment of third country nationals at the EU’s external borders" and "Fundamental rights situation of irregular immigrants in the EU" both of them led by International Centre for Migration Policy Development (IMCPD) and funded by European Union Agency on Fundamental Rights (FRA), and "Observatory about Mass Media and Immigration in Andalusia" (OMECIA) coordinated by the Intercultural Studies Laboratory at the University of Granada (Spain).

Her research project deals with the tensions and ruptures/continuities in gender and generational relations produced among Bolivian transnational families in Spain. It seeks to focus on subjectivities, emotions and micro-processes such as migration trajectories of Bolivian families, changes in family structures and relationships, and transnational caring practices. The study is based on multi-site ethnographic fieldwork and drawn particularly on in-depth interviews to different members of the same family and participant observation. Her main research interests include gender, generation, migration, family relationships, care work, emotions, and transnationalism.

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.

Andrew McWilliam

28 September 2014 to 5 December 2014 

Andrew McWilliam is a Senior Fellow in Anthropology at the Australian National University. He has long term research interests in eastern Indonesia and East Timor.  Recent publications include a co-edited volume entitled, Land and Life in Timor-Leste: Ethnographic Essays (ANU E-Press 2011) and a co-authored monograph, Property and Social Resilience in Times of Conflict: Land, Custom and Law in East Timor (Ashgate UK 2012). As a visiting academic to COMPAS in Oxford in 2014,  Andrew will continue his current research on Timorese experiences with labour migration to the UK and the impact of the growing remittance economy for home communities in East Timor.

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.

Dada Docot

15 May to 5 December 2014


Dada Docot is a PhD candidate in Anthropology at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada. Her dissertation research is an ethnography that examines the entangled workings of migration and intimacies in the everyday life in her rural hometown in Southeast Luzon island, Philippines. She is interested in anthropology of the home, particularly in the different kinds of critical engagement that arise when a "native" anthropologist is in the field. She is a visual artist and filmmaker whose projects revolve around the issue of Filipino overseas migration, and her works have been exhibited and screened internationally. Her doctoral research is being funded by the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Government of Canada. She is also affiliated with the Liu Institute for Global Issues at UBC, and co-founder of the UBC Philippine Studies Series.