The large migratory movements of recent decades, including many prompted by upheaval and turmoil in both the ‘postcolonial’ and the ‘postsocialist’ worlds, have generated many new diasporas that have become key players in the global political economy. They appear to be enduring and pursue a variety of forms of transnational activity: these forms of engagement are contributing to the transformation of global society, reshaping the societies of sending and receiving countries, and making for fundamental shifts in the governance of migration and citizenship. Our research explores forms of engagement in varieties of conditions of transition – from war to peace, from instability to stability, as well in other forms of economic, political, social and cultural change.



Journal Articles

Working Papers

Diasporas and Conflict

Nicholas Van Hear & Robin Cohen

Why Engage Diasporas?

Alan Gamlen

Diasporas Good? Diasporas Bad?

COMPAS Communications

Other Publications

Photo essay

The London-Hargeysa connection: Diaspora engagement in Somaliland

Giulia Liberatore & Kate Stanworth


Diaspora Engagement in War-Torn Societies

Nicholas Van Hear | January 2011 – December 2015

Diaspora Politics

Dace Dzenovska | 2013 – 2014

Kenyan Pentecostals between ‘Home’, London, and the Kingdom of God

COMPAS Communications | December 2013 – December 2016

Religious Faith, Space and Diasporic Communities in East London: 1880 – Present

COMPAS Communications | 1 January 2011 – 31 December 2015

Social Contexts of Education and Learning in Retirement Migration

COMPAS Communications | March 2012 – October 2013