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

Previous visitors

Devyani Prabhat

1 July 2014 to 30 September 2014


Dr Devyani Prabhat lectures on Constitutional Rights at the University of Bristol Law School, UK. She is an Attorney at Law, New York Bar. Her research interests are citizenship, rights and national security. She is interested in the role of lawyers and the law in social change. Her book on Lawyers, National Security and the Rule of Law with Palgrave is forthcoming 2015. At present Devyani is writing on the deprivation of British citizenship and the revocation of Canadian citizenship. Her twitter account is @Devi636

Dada Docot

15 May to 15 September 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.  

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).