Former visiting academics

Rizza Kaye Cases

1 July to 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.

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.

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).

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).

Micheline van Riemsdijk

18 January to 30 June 2015

Micheline van Riemsdijk is Associate Professor of Geography at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Her research agenda is broadly defined by questions of belonging and exclusion, barriers to the free movement of skilled labor, and the experiences of skilled migrants. She is especially interested in the ways in which institutions and actors shape international skilled migration flows, and how migration regulations are formed, contested, and possibly transformed. At COMPAS, Dr. van Riemsdijk will co-author the introduction to an edited book on Rethinking International Skilled Migration (under contract with Routledge, co-edited with Dr. Qingfang Wang) and write a review article on skilled migration research.

Dr. van Riemsdijk received a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Colorado and an M.A. degree in Scandinavian Languages and Literatures from the University of Minnesota. She has been a visiting scholar at NOVA (Norwegian Social Research), FAFO (Institute for Labor and Social Research), and the Centre for Migration Research at the University of Warsaw. Her research has been funded by the US National Science Foundation, the Research Council of Norway, and the Polish government.

Melina Duarte

19 January to 21 June 2015

Melina Duarte is a PhD candidate at the Department of Philosophy, UiT The Arctic University of Norway. She has studied philosophy at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil), at the University of Toulouse II Jean Jaurès (France), at the Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium) and at the Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich (Germany).

Currently, she is writing a doctoral thesis on cosmopolitanism, immigration, and borders in which she investigates whether it is possible to combine open borders with territorial states. The thesis is composed of four papers: (1) Right to Hospitality, Right to Membership: A Critical Review of Kant’s and Benhabib’s Cosmopolitan Accounts on Immigration and Borders (Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2014), (2) Cosmopolitan Citizenship: The Right to Be a Noncitizen With Electoral Rights (submitted), (3) Territorial Rights of Liberal Democratic States: Challenging the States’ Right to Exclude Immigrants (forthcoming Contrastes 2015), (4) Open Borders and Welfare States: Can’t They Really Get Along? (in preparation).

Duarte has scientific papers in Portuguese, French and English published in national and international journals and she regularly publishes articles of popular dissemination of philosophy in Brazilian newspapers and magazines. Duarte is a member of the Pluralism, Democracy, and Justice Research Group (UiT, Norway) and of the Civic Constellation Project (UMA, Spain).

David Leal

20 May – 8 June 2015

David Leal has been a professor at the University of Texas at Austin since 2002. His primary academic interests are Latino politics and policy, and he has taught classes such as Latino Politics, Mexican American Public Policy Studies, Politics and Religion, and the U.S. Congress. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1998, and from 1998-99, he was an APSA Congressional Fellow in Washington, DC, working in the office of a U.S. senator. In 2013, he was named a Distinguished Alumni Scholar by Stanford University, where he received his undergraduate degree. During the summer of 2014, he was a Fulbright Distinguished Lecturer in Japan and joined the editorial boards of Political Research Quarterly and Education Next.

Juan Guataqui

15 January to 30 May 2015

Juan Guataqui is a lecturer at the Economics Department of Universidad del Rosario, in Bogota, Colombia. He holds a bachelor degree in Economics from Universidad Nacional de Colombia and a PhD in Sociology from Warwick University. Juan has worked with the Colombian government as National Director of Employment in the Labour Ministry and Vice Director of the National Statistics Department (DANE). His main current research fields are labour economics public policy, internal migration and forced displacement, sociology of migration and social cohesion, and economic analysis of law. From these interdisciplinary points of view he is approaching recent issues on Colombian migration, such as the design of public policy for IDPs, labour challenges of Colombian international migrants who are returning to the country, and internal clashes between constitutional law and labour law regarding internal migration.

Ayla Deniz

1 March to 31 May 2015

Ayla Deniz is a research assistant and Ph.D candidate at the Department of Geography and Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Ankara (Turkey). She received her BA in Geography from the University of Ankara in 2010 and her MA in Geography from the University of Ankara and Pedagogical University of Crakow (Poland) in 2012. Her fields of academic interest include international migration, transnational social space, feminist theory and gender studies. Ayla is particularly interested in transnational identities and place attachment of Russian migrants in İstanbul/Turkey.

Stuart McClean

6 April to 29 May 2015

Dr Stuart McClean is a Senior Lecturer in Social Research at the University of the West of England, Bristol. A social scientist with interdisciplinary interests in public health and wellbeing, he received his B.A. (Hons) and PhD from the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology at the University of Hull. Stuart is a fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute as well as the Royal Society of Public Health, and is the author of several books, official reports and articles on health, self and society. He has wide experience of a range of qualitative and evaluation methodologies, and has undertaken a number of health service stakeholder evaluations on the introduction of complementary therapies into the NHS. Stuart is currently conducting NHS funded research on the impact of migration on health, focusing on both lifestyle change among recent EU migrants and the impact on child health, as well as South Asian and Somali parents’ perception of changes to diet in infancy, immunisation, prevention of accidental injury and parental smoking. He leads a research theme for the Public Health Research Group on Inequality, Disadvantage and Public Policy.

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)

Line Neerup Handlos

5 January to 20 March 2015

With a background in Public Health Science, Line Neerup Handlos is a PhD fellow at Danish Research Centre for Migration, Ethnicity and Health at University of Copenhagen. Line’s research concerns drivers for return migration with a focus on elderly, chronically ill Bosnian refugees who came to Denmark during and after the war on the Balkans in the 1990s. She is especially interested in finding out what role health matters play in the decision making relating to returning. Besides exploring the drivers behind return migration, Line is engaged in investigating the health consequences of returning to one’s country of origin, with an emphasis on consequences for physical and mental health status as well as access to healthcare services.

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.

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.

Paloma Moré

22 September 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.

Tania González

6 October 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.

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.

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.

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.

Synnøve Bendixsen

6 January to 6 April 2014

Synnøve Bendixsen holds a PhD in Social Anthropology from Humboldt University (Berlin) and Ecole des Haute Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris). She has conducted extensive fieldwork on Muslim youth in Germany and is the author of The Religious Identity of Young Muslim Women in Berlin. An Ethnographic Study (Brill, 2013).

Currently, Synnøve is a post doctoral fellow at Uni Rokkansenteret, Norway, working on irregular migrants. She examines how regulations and policies of the nation-state and at the EU level, as well as local institutional practices, have real and complex effects on the subjective experiences of non-citizen subjects. She also focus on the construction of ‘irregularity’ by state power and everyday discourses and the experiences of the ‘illegality’ status, which is intricately linked to how ‘illegality’ is constructed. Furthermore, her research interest includes the study of politics of exclusion and processes of marginalization, as well as political mobilization of irregular migrants. Synnøve is also the co-editor of the Nordic Journal of Migration Research.

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

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).

Judith Pampalona

21 April to 23 June 2014

Judith is a PhD researcher in the Social and Cultural Anthropology department in the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) taking part of the Egolab- GRAFO research group.

Her research is about immigrant entrepreneurs within the Princedom of Andorra and the social capital resources flowing in their personal support networks. The real interest of this research lies in the idea of the microstate context considering its particular policies and socio – economic aspects. The Government of Andorra provides the fellowship for this research (ATC008- AND 2011/2012 and 2012/2013).

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.

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.

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.

Marry-Anne Karlsen

10 0ctober 2013 to 15 March 2014

Marry-Anne Karlsen is a PhD Candidate in Social Anthropology at the University of Bergen and UNI Rokkan Centre, Norway. Her PhD-project is part of the PROVIR umbrella project (Provision of welfare to irregular migrants), and focuses on how institutional practices influence irregular migrants’ access to, use and trust of welfare provisions in Norway. It will particularly seek to address issues related to health care, and how health care services have come to play a role in migration control. The primary objective of both the umbrella project and this PhD project is to investigate the complex relationship between law, institutional practices and the migrants’ experiences related to welfare provisions.

Ayşem Biriz Karaçay

8 March to 8 February 2014

Dr. Ayşem Biriz Karaçay has recently received her PhD degree on Political Science and International Relations from the Social Science Institute of Marmara University, Turkey. Her dissertation had focused on the flows and general characteristics of the project-tied migration between Turkey and the Russian Federation. She is the Administrator of Migration Research Center at Koç University (MiReKoc), since 2004 and a member of the Network of Excellence of IMISCOE (International Migration, Integration and Social Cohesion in Europe) since 2008. Her interest areas include project-tied migration, irregular migration, human smuggling/trafficking, migration policy and border management and Turkish-Russian relationship.

As a researcher, she is now taking a part in the project entitled “The Russian-Turkish Migratory System: Methods of Estimations and Forecasting in Migration Flows” funded by The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK). Her work in Oxford will yield findings on the diversity of migrants and flows on this newly emerging migration system between Turkey and the Russian Federation.

Sue Scull

15 July to 20 December 2013

Sue is a PhD candidate in the School of Social Work and Human Services at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. She is interested in applied social research relating to migrant settlement, with a particular focus on the role of employment in this process. Her PhD looks at the experiences of skilled migrants as they seek to re-enter their professions after migration, and how these experiences are perceived to impact on their settlement.

Prior to starting her PhD Sue worked in research for a number of years at Amnesty International and the University of Bath in the UK, and most recently the University of Queensland, where she developed a program of community-based research in partnership with local migrant and refugee communities.

Yasin Kerem Gümüş

14 January to 31 December 2013

Yasin Kerem Gümüş holds a Phd in Labour Economics and Industrial Relations from Sakarya University and Master`s degree in Politics and Government in the EU from the LSE. He is currently an assistant Professor at Sakarya University.

Yasin is particularly interested in labour migration, highly skilled migrants and effects of labour migration on labour markets. Currently his project includes effects of labour migration on international trade.

Shahamak Rezaei

17 June to 30 September 2013

Dr Shahamak Rezaei obtained his Ph.D. in Business Administration from University of Southern Denmark. He is currently affiliated as Associate Professor and head of social science study program at Roskilde University – Denmark, Department of Society & Globalisation.

He has special expertise in network analysis, quantitative analysis, entrepreneurship, small enterprises research, ethnic businesses, migration and industrial relations. He has recently started a research project in China, titled: “Transnational Entrepreneurship: Beyond The Conventional Argonauts Explanations: Exploring The Relevancy Of Transnational Entrepreneurship In Cultural Industries In Denmark & China”.

Itsuko (Kanamoto) Toyama

20 September 2012 to 19 September 2013

Itsuko (Kanamoto) Toyama holds a PhD in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Oregon, USA, and now is a professor at St. Andrew’s University, Osaka, Japan. She has also been a research fellow at the National Museum of Ethnology, Japan, since 2008.

Itsuko has conducted her comparative research on ageing and ethnicity of Japanese overseas in the USA, Brazil, and Peru, and has produced positive research results. In 2009, Itsuko was awarded “Mérito da Imigração Japonesa na Amazônia” for her outstanding academic contribution to the Japanese community in Pará, Brazil.

Itsuko will expand her research topic to “Global Migration and Active Ageing: A Study on Power, Ethnicity, and Representation of the Japanese Elderly Living Overseas,” and will start to conduct her fieldwork research in Europe during her sabbatical year in Oxford.

Martin Lundsteen

1 October 2012 to 31 March 2013

Martin is a PhD candidate at the Department of Social Anthropology and History of America and Africa at the University of Barcelona, Spain. He finished his BA in Cultural Studies at the University of Roskilde, Denmark, in 2008 and his MA in Anthropology and Ethnography at the University of Barcelona in 2010. His main study interests are the social relations bound in ethnic, national or racial affiliations and their economic and political groundings, along with a special attention to spatial and temporal processes.

His PhD research, funded by the Spanish Ministry of Education, deals with social conflicts and conviviality in Catalonia, Spain, with a special focus on coexistence and conflicts, by means of which he wants to understand how cultural diversity can be understood in relation to contemporary social conflicts. The main concern is to understand why in recent times social conflicts are often described as cultural conflicts.

As part from this, he has an interest in understanding the local-global connections and how to conceive of them methodologically, and is also very interested in urban anthropology, religion, Islam, Islamophobia, social politics and the politics of culture.

Irene Ponzo

15 January to 9 March 2013

Irene Ponzo holds a PhD in Comparative Social Sciences and completed a post-doc in Social housing and urban cohesion at the University of Turin, Italy.

She is a researcher at FIERI (Forum of International and European Research on Immigration) since 2002 and a member of the European consortium IMISCOE (International Migration, Integration and Social Cohesion in Europe) since 2004. She also carries out planning and evaluation activities concerning social housing projects at the private foundation Compagnia di San Paolo and Sister srl.

Her main research interests concern immigrant integration processes and local policies. She is now working on integration dynamics and everyday relations at neighbourhood and city level, and on local welfare system strategies towards foreign presence. Her work in Oxford is mainly related to a European research-based and training initiative on local integration policies (European Migrant Integration Academy) directly targeting local stakeholders and involving both FIERI and COMPAS as research partners.

Iain Watson

14 January to 24 February 2013

Iain Watson is researching the impact of formal and voluntary UK education policy on the Korean diaspora in the UK, and in particular on integration policies for North Korean defectors. His research is focusing on understanding the interrelationships between education and identity formation amongst young adults in the North Korean migrant community and how this affects relationships between North and South Korean migrants. The work is broadly placed within understanding conditions and policies which might increase real and perceived ‘belonging’ in UK society for North Korean migrants. Iain Watson is currently Assistant Professor at Ajou University, South Korea and has previously taught Politics at the University of Durham and University of Newcastle where he received his Ph.D. His work on Korean issues has been published in various international peer-reviewed journals.

Saliha Özdemir

1 October – 31 December 2012

Saliha Özdemir is a PhD candidate at the Interculturalism, Migration and Minorities Research Centre at the KU Leuven in Belgium. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration and Public Management from the University College Ghent. The challenging aim of her research is to provide grounded material for studies in the field of international migration on home and belonging seen through the lens of food consumption. This by focusing on the interrelationship of food consumption, consumed spaced and consumed products as perceived by Turkish entrepreneurs and consumers of ‘Turkey’ and ‘Turkish-ness’ in Belgium. Her fieldwork experiences have guided her to focus first and foremost on the ways that the feelings of nostalgia (past-oriented) and aspirations (future-oriented) influence the consumption patterns of both entrepreneurs and consumers from a Turkish provenance. By looking at the evolving everyday life practices of her interlocutors during the research process, the thesis monograph as a final outcome, will contribute to an anthropological understanding of consumption preferences and identity construction of the shifting diasporic Turkish communities in Belgium.

Natalia Caicedo

1 July to 31 December 2012

Natalia Caicedo received a PhD in Constitutional Law in 2012. She teaches at the University of Barcelona’s Constitutional Law Department and she has been a member of the Public Law Institute of Barcelona since 2006. She has participated in several research projects related to the immigration legal system and human trafficking, and also to the Autonomous Communities Spanish system. She was at the Scuola Supperiore Sant’Anna in Pisa as a visiting researcher in 2008.

Natalia’s relevant publications are: collaboration between 2006-2008 in the Yearbook of Immigration in Catalonia as head of the section on case law and legislation activity; “Principio de igualdad y no discriminación en las prestaciones asistenciales” in Revista de Derecho Migratorio; “los servicios sociales y la inmigración” in Los derechos de los inmigrantes, Tirant lo Blanch, 2009. Her work at COMPAS will be related to access of migrants to welfare in the UK.

Menderes Candan

2 July to 31 December 2012

Menderes Candan is a PhD candidate at the department for political science at the University of Muenster, Germany. He graduated in political science, history and geography from the University of Muenster and Hastings College, USA. His research refers to topics such as international relations, diaspora and development as well as digital diaspora. He has participated in numerous research projects funded by different foundations and federal German ministries.

His PhD research, funded by the Friedrich-Ebert Foundation, aims to explore the potential of the Iraqi diaspora in Germany within the post-conflict reconstruction process in Iraq. The first part of his project consists a mapping of the Iraqi diaspora in Germany. The second phase consists of in depth expert interviews with Iraqi diaspora representatives and policy makers. Read Menderes’ COMPAS blog post on his research.

Christine Brickenstein

1 to 28 September 2012

Christine Brickenstein is a PhD student at Macquarie University in Sydney as well as at the Institute for Migration Research and Intercultural Studies (IMIS) at Osnabrück University in Germany, being jointly enrolled as a ‘cotutelle student’. Her research interests focus on temporary low skilled migration, with a particular focus on foreign seasonal workers in Oceania and Europe.

Her PhD thesis compares and evaluates employment regulations of foreign seasonal workers in Germany, France, New Zealand and Australia.

Prior to that Christine worked in a reception centre for asylum seekers in Brussels, Belgium.

In 2009 she graduated from the interdisciplinary Master Course ‘International Studies’ at Otago University in Dunedin, New Zealand.

Dr Lars Meier

25 June to 30 September 2012

Lars Meier,  DPhil, has an MA in sociology, politics and communication sciences and a diploma (similar to MSc) in Geography. He lectures in sociology and has been a senior researcher at several universities.

Lars has published widely on migration, urban studies, qualitative methods, work and globalization. During his stay at COMPAS he will be focussing on the interrelated transformations of diversity, urban space and identity. His work is an analysis of the life history narratives of migrants and non-migrants living and working in the transformed industrial region of Nuremberg.

Dr Iryna Lapshyna

18 June to 1 September 2012

Iryna holds a PhD in International Economics from the International Economics Department of Lviv Academy of Commerce in Ukraine. Her doctoral dissertation has been the starting point for studying the theoretical and practical aspects of international labour migration from Ukraine to Europe.

Ms. Lapshyna also works as an expert on migration at the Centre of Sociological Research in Ternopil, Ukraine. Currently she is participating as a researcher on the EUMAGINE project.

Her fields of research interest include international labor migration from the Ukraine to the EU, including migration policy and its impact on human development, illegal migration, and the economical and social effects of migration.

While at Oxford she will be working on survey data analysis and revising the Ukrainian country report for publication. Iryna is working with Franck Düvell during her time at COMPAS.

Dr Núria Roca

15 June to 20 July 2012

Dr Núria Roca is a professor in the Barcelona University where she teaches in the fields of health and culture.

As a researcher, her base is the Autonomous University of Barcelona, where she obtained her PhD. There she belong to the EMIGRA Research Group within the Centre of Study and Research on Migrations.

Her research focus is about young adults from migrant Latin American and Moroccan families and the relation between their processes of integration and their experiences of inclusion/exclusion in the receiving society, and how this relation affects their identity construction.

Michal Tudorowski

23 April – 30 June 2012

Michal is a PhD candidate in the Department of Politics at the University of Sheffield. He is researching on the problem of ‘transit’ with reference to Chechen migration to Poland. The research, while examining state- and EU-level developments and the dynamics of multi-level policy making and governance, aims to identify institutional and conceptual factors in the Polish migration system that create a socio-political (transit) environment intended to minimise the probability of refugees treating Poland as a destination country by exerting pressure on them to move to Western Europe.

Rita Sobczyk

22 April – 23 June 2012

Rita Sobczyk is a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology of the University of Granada, Spain. She graduated in Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology from the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland, a programme that also included one year of studies at the University of St Andrews in Scotland.

Her academic interests focus on issues of religious diversity, labour migrations and identity construction. She also has research experience in the subjects of transnationalism, ethnicity and Senegalese immigration to Europe. Her PhD research, funded by the Spanish Ministry of Education, aims to explore the present religious panorama of Southern Spain and its linkages to the migratory context of the region. The first part of the project consists of a comparative study of existing religious institutions and serves as a contextualization for in-depth research on selected communities. The second phase, based on three years of multi-sited fieldwork, concentrates on the process of constructing religious meanings in the migratory context and seeks to understand the role of religion in socio-cultural, economic and political aspects of immigrants’ experience.

Elif Cetin

23 January – 23 March 2012

Elif Cetin is a doctoral researcher in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge. She received her BA in International Relations from the University of Bilkent and an MA in Political Science from the University of Leiden. Her current research analyses the development of political debates and approaches towards immigration and asylum in Italy and the UK between 1997 and 2010.

Justyna Frelak

9 January – 10 March 2012

Justyna Frelak is the Head of the Migration and Development Policy Programme at the Institute of Public Affairs (Warsaw, Poland). Justyna is the author of numerous publications and reports published in Poland and abroad. She specialises in integration, discrimination, economic migration (including emigration of Poles) and development policy. She has participated in the Open Society Institute Policy Fellowship Programme and Scholarship Programme of the International Visegrad Fund.

Priscilla Solano

July – December 2011

Priscilla Solano is a PhD candidate at the Department of Sociology at Lund University. She is working on her research agenda with Bridget Anderson before embarking on fieldwork. Her PhD thesis aims to unpack the dynamics and construction of a human rights approach. She is interested in human rights as a form of social solidarity and its intersection with the securitization processes of migration amongst its main stakeholders – civil society, international organisations and states. Bearing this in mind she will be conducting a comparative study of the human rights approach within the border enforcement policy discourse of the US-Mexico border and Mexico-Guatemala border.

Priscilla has worked as an intern, consultant and project officer with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) in Costa Rica, Thailand and at their headquarters in Geneva in 2010. She has also volunteered as a translator with the Platform for Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants since 2009. Priscilla holds an MPhil in Migration Studies, an MA in Bilingual Translation and a BA in Social Sciences.

Mehmet Gökay Özerim

1 July to 30 September 2011

Mehmet Gokay Özerim is a PhD candidate at the European Studies Department of Dokuz Eylul University in Turkey. He was awarded a Chevening Scholarship for his academic research period at COMPAS. He has been  working and lecturing at the European Union Research Centre of Yasar University in Turkey since 2008. Following his graduation from the Department of International Relations in 2004, he also worked in a non-governmental organization on migration in Italy for about a year.

His main fields of academic interest are migration, security and multiculturalism in Europe. In his PhD dissertation, he analysis European anti-immigrant parties and the impact of their discourses on a post-Cold War security understanding of Europe. Anti-immigrant parties in UK, Sweden and Germany will be examined as case studies. Beyond his academic  studies, he has experience in planning, training and management of EU Projects and project cycle management.

Atsuko Abe

1 September 2010 to 31 August 2011

Atsuko is an Associate Professor at the College of Liberal Arts, J. F. Oberlin University, Japan. Atsuko will be working with Michael Keith during her time here. Atsuko’s research entitled “Transformation of the nation-state: comparative studies among Japan and the United Kingdom” will examine how the definition or self-image of a nation state is reflected upon its immigration policy. Particularly salient is the changing composition of any nation state, as they recognize minorities within their borders.

She is also interested in issues of postcolonialism, nurses and care-givers from South East Asia based on Economic Partnership Agreements, language education for migrant children and other policy agendas regarding the integration of immigrants into the host society.

Atsuko plans to deliver a presentation as part of WIPS on 18th November 2010 and a Working Paper on 30th June 2011.

Yasemin Akis

1 October 2010 to 30 June 2011

Yasemin Akis is a research assistant and Ph.D. candidate at the Sociology Department of Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara, Turkey.

Ms. Akis graduated from the Gender and Women’s Studies MSc Programme at METU and spent one year at Stockholm University in Sweden where she attended a course on Social Anthropology and Economics regarding international migration. In the second term of her stay, she was invited as an academic visitor to the Stockholm University Linnaeus Center for Integration Studies (SULCIS) where she directed a project on Turkish Migrant Associations in Stockholm, together with a colleague from Turkey.

Her fields of academic interest include international migration, asylum and refugees, feminist theory and gender studies. In her Ph.D. thesis she concentrates on Non-EU asylum seekers and refugees temporarily residing in Turkey, and focuses particularly on analyzing their socio-economic incorporation into Turkish society.

Lydia Lundgren

1 April to 30 June 2011

Lydia Lundgren is a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at the University of California, San Diego. She also holds an M.Litt. in International Security Studies from the University of St Andrews, Scotland. Her research explores the impact of political parties and politicians on attitudes toward immigration, with a focus on Western Europe and former European colonies.

While at Oxford she will be working on her dissertation “Message Received: How Elites Influence Public Opinion on Immigration” and working with Scott Blinder on his project “Immigration attitudes in British Electoral politics”. Her research in Oxford is funded by a Fellowship from the Institute of European Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

Mihaela Robila

1 January to 31 March 2011

Dr. Mihaela Robila is Associate Professor of Family Studies at Queens College, City University of New York, USA.  Her research is on international migration, family policy, family relations, and economic pressure, with a focus on Eastern Europe.

Her new book on “Eastern European Immigrant Families” (2010; Routledge) addresses socio-economic and contextual factors impacting children and parents in immigrant families. She also edited a book on “Families in Eastern Europe” (2004; Elsevier), published 18 articles in peer-reviewed scholarly journals, and presented to over 50 national and international conferences. Currently she is the Guest Editor for a Special issue on “Family Policy in International Perspectives” for the Journal of Child and Family Studies.

Her work has been supported by grants and contracts from the Spencer Foundation, United Nations, U.S. Department of State/American Councils, Fahs-Beck Fund for Research, Jacobs Foundation, Soros Foundation, and CUNY Research Foundation.

Olivia Killias

1 August 2010 to 1 February 2011

Olivia KILLIAS is a Ph.D. candidate at the Institute of Social Anthropology of the University of Bern, Switzerland. Her doctoral research deals with issues of bonded labour in Indonesian domestic worker migration and is empirically grounded in fourteen months of multi-sited, transnational ethnographic fieldwork.By taking a processual look at labour migration, the research examines different but interconnected stages, sites and actors involved in contemporary domestic worker migration – including the recruitment in the villages, the training in secluded camps, the placement abroad and the return.

Her recent publications include: “‘Illegal’ Migration as Resistance: Legality, Morality and Coercion in Indonesian Domestic Worker Migration to Malaysia”in the Asian Journal of Social Science 38 (6) (forthcoming) and “Following the Maid. Multi-Sited Ethnography in Times of ‘Transnational’ Domestic Labour” in Tsantsa (2009) 14: 147-151.

Meral Acikgöz

4 October to 31 December 2010

Meral Acikgöz is a Project Assistant at International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Istanbul, Turkey. She works in development and implementation of IOM Turkey’s capacity building and awareness raising activities at local level.

Her research interest lies in the field of migration management in Turkey with a focus on recent transformations in social inclusion and protection mechanisms of international migrants at urban level. At COMPAS, she will carry out a research entitled “Comparison of Urban Governance and Local Social Policy Structures between London and Istanbul in terms of Social Inclusion of International Migrants” under the supervision of Ben Gidley.

She holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara and a Master’s degree in International Relations from Galatasaray University, Istanbul with a thesis on Turkey’s Migration and Asylum Policy. Meral is a Chevening Scholar.

Alpha Martell-Gamez

1 March to 31 October 2010

Alpha Martell-Gamez is a doctoral candidate in International Migration Studies and Citizenship at the Complutense University of Madrid, Spain. She received her B.Sc. in Economics from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). Her research based on field work in Mexico and the United States, particularly analyses Mexican Immigrant Labour-Market and Transnational Social Networks in Southern California and Yucatan. Her research interests include international migration, transnationalism, labour market, and the impact of control policies on migration behaviour.

Elena Sánchez-Montijano

19 July to 4 October 2010

Elena Sánchez-Montijano is PhD candidate in the Department of Social Science at the Pompeu Fabra University (Barcelona, Spain). She is researcher in the Interdisciplinary Research Group on Immigration (GRITIM-UPF) and at Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB).

She is Graduate in Political Science and Administration, Master’s in Public Management of International Corporation and NGOs and Advanced Studies Diploma. Her main areas of interest are international migration. Currently her studies are focused on temporary migration and transnational networks of migrants.

Fessum Ghirmazion

15 April to 30 June 2010

Fessum is a Ph.D. candidate within the Department of Social Science at the German Philipps University in Marburg. His dissertation is a comparative study of the migration policy of Germany and the United Kingdom (UK) with regard to the Eastern enlargement of the European Union in 2004, specifically decisions regarding the freedom of movement of labour for the eight accession states. He analyses which stakeholders had influenced the political process in both countries and why UK and Germany made such different decisions concerning this issue.

Yujing Zhu

1 April 2010 to 30 June 2010

Yujing Zhu is a Ph.D. candidate within the Anthropology Department, at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She has received a Bachelors degree in Sociology from Peking University and an MPhil degree in Anthropology from Tsinghua University,. Her PhD project focuses on the migrant Christians and migrant churches in Wenzhou, a coastal city in China famous for its internal and international migration. Yujing further explores how migration and religion mutually support one another and how state regulated local religious life operates when the boundary of “local community” has become blurred due to migration. Her research interests include urbanism, state governance on migration and the impacts of migration on receiving and sending communities.

Katrine Borg Albertsen

1st April 2010 to 30th June 2010

Katrine Borg Albertsen is a doctoral candidate at the Danish Institute for International Studies and University of Copenhagen, the SAXO Institute. Her research interests revolves around migration and security, focusing on Western European receiving states and the European Union and the various types of integration policies, migration regimes, and citizenship rules that set up parameters for inclusion and exclusion. Her PhD project focuses on the managing of migration and creation of societal security through selection and facilitation of legal wanted migration. Making cases of Great Britain and Denmark she forms a comparative analysis of the development in national migration policies in 2001-2010. Katrine has also worked as a practitioner in the field of citizenship education.

Marta Biernath

1st January to 30th June 2010

Marta Biernath is a research assistant at the Centre of Migration Research at the University of Warsaw and a doctoral student at the Institute of Social Studies, the University of Warsaw. She has graduated in Sociology from the Jagiellonian University, Poland and International Relations from the Dalarna University, Sweden. Her doctoral research, based on fieldwork in Poland, Armenia and Ukraine, is on the institutionalisation process of migration and integration of immigrants in Poland. Her research interests include immigrants’ organisations and communities and integration theories.

Lucia Kurekova

1st January to 31st March 2010

Lucia Kurekova is a doctoral candidate at the Department of International Relations and European Studies at Central European University (CEU) in Budapest. Her research focuses on political economy of migration and transition. Her dissertation reflects upon transition in Central and Eastern Europe through labor migration lens and developmental perspective and examines migration patterns in the EU8 countries in the process of economic restructuring and institutional change in the region. Lucia has also participated on various research projects related to foreign direct investment, automotive industry, varieties of capitalism, institutional change and labor markets in Central Europe.  

María Villares Varela

February-August 2009

María Villares Varela is a PhD Candidate and researcher at the ESOMI ( (University of A Coruña-Spain). She was awarded with a pre-doctoral scholarship by the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science (Spain). She is currently writing her doctoral thesis entitled “Immigration and Self-Employment in Spain: Differential Mobilisation of Financial, Human and Social capital”; supervised by Laura Oso Casas (University of A Coruña). Her research focuses on a study of the socio-labour incorporation of the immigrant population in Spain, particularly on the self-employment strategies and the formation of the immigrant entrepreneurship, from a gender perspective.

Robert McKenzie

January – May 2009

Robert McKenzie is a PhD candidate at the School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London). Based on nearly two years of ethnographic research, his doctoral thesis explores the lives of sub-Saharan refugees in Cairo, Egypt—one of the world’s largest urban centers for refugees. His work outlines and critically examines the interconnectedness of forced migration due to war and poverty, the refugee business of resettlement and local integration, and it sheds light on the social world of urban refugees. At COMPAS, Robert is developing a paper on the methodological and ethical challenges to conducting research on ‘mixed migration’ in an urban African context.

Franca van Hooren

October 2008

Franca van Hooren is a PhD student at the Department of Political and Social Sciences of the European University Institute in Florence. She studies the role of immigrants as care workers in different European countries and the political reactions to this phenomenon. Through case studies of Italy, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands, she investigates how in different welfare states a demand emerges for migrant workers in the child and elderly care sector. Subsequently she studies the reactions of policy makers to the need for migrant care workers in a context of anti-immigrant sentiments. An article on the politics of migration and elderly care in Italy is forthcoming in a special issue on welfare state recalibration in the Italian Journal of Public Policy. Franca has an MA in Political Science from the University of Amsterdam, where she wrote her thesis on the Europeanisation of childcare policies.

Jussi Ronkainen

November 2008

Jussi Ronkainen holds M. Soc. Sci. (2003) and Licentiate of Soc. Sci. (2005) (a post-Master’s, postgraduate degree in Finland) degrees in sociology from the University of Joensuu, Finland. Both his Master’s thesis and Licentiate thesis dealt with multiple citizenship in Finland. He is currently finalizing his doctoral thesis “Hyphenated Citizens. Multiple Citizenship as a Status and Practice”. Jussi is currently a lecturer of sociology at the department of sociology and social policy in the University of Joensuu, also teaching on the international Master’s degree programme in Cultural Diversity. He is a researcher in the project “Changing Civil Society: Multiculturalism, Young People and the Finnish Civil Society” (2008-2011) funded by the Academy
of Finland. Previously he worked as a researcher in the European Commission’s 5th Framework funded international research project “Dual Citizenship, Governance and Education – a Challenge to the European Nation-States” (2002-2006).

Marion Panizzon

July 2008-September 2008

Marion Panizzon, Dr. iur. (University of Bern), LL.M. (Duke Law School) is a Senior Research Fellow and an adjunct lecturer in international economic law at the University of Bern, Switzerland. As co-leader of the research project on services trade regulation for the National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) ‘Trade Regulation’, Marion explores the emerging concept of internationally regulated labour migration and its linkages to services trade liberalization. Since 2007, she has taught a course in the MILE programme of the World Trade Institute on the temporary movement of service supplying persons under the WTO General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS). Her most recent piece of work is a case study for the Geneva Trade and Development Forum (GTDF) on the recently signed bilateral migration agreements of Senegal with Spain, respectively France and provides an example for the emerging treaty-based regulation of Eurafrican migration. At COMPAS, Marion explored the emerging regulatory principles of bilateral migration agreements, including the evolving concept of Switzerland’s migration partnerships, to discuss how migration risk management practices embedded in newer generation bilateral migration agreements could eventually be operationalised into the scheduling structure of commitments of the GATS.

Blanka Hancilova

May 2008 – July 2008

Blanka Hancilova, PhD, is a co-founder of Apreco Consulting Group, where she is a senior partner. She is regularly engaged as an expert consultant on issues related to migration, labour and human rights by the International Labour Organization, International Organization for Migration, International Center for Migration Policy Development, the UNODC, the OSCE and other international organisations. She specializes in applied research, monitoring and evaluation in the context of international development, and more specifically in migration and labour in Europe and Eurasia. Blanka holds a PhD in International Relations from the Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic. She is a Fulbright fellow and she graduated from a mid-career M.A. program of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, USA. She holds a B.A. degree in Political Science and M.A. degree in International Area Studies (Russia and Eastern Europe) from Charles University Prague.

Martin Bak Jørgensen

October- December 2007

Martin Bak Jørgensen holds a BA in Science of Religion and an MA in European Cultural Studies both from Aarhus University in Denmark . He is a Ph.D.-fellow at SPIRIT – School for Postgraduate Interdisciplinary Research on Interculturalism and Transnationality at Aalborg University , Denmark and attached to AMID – The Academy for Migration Studies in Denmark . His dissertation investigates how persons with a Turkish background individually and collectively construct identity in Denmark , Sweden and Germany with special focus on the transnational organizing processes. Furthermore it is investigated how immigrant organisations can affect and challenge the notion and processes of integration and contribute to the development of a substantial citizenship.

Pill Kyu Hwang

January-June 2007

Pill Kyu Hwang is a human rights lawyer in the only non-profit full-time public interest lawyers’ group in Korea, GONGGAM. He is specialized in international human rights law and human rights issues concerning migrants and refugees. He completed his PhD coursework in public international law at the College of Law, Seoul National University, and now is doing research focused on social rights of irregular migrants from an international legal perspective at COMPAS. He has been working with various international organizations such as the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Seoul Office, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Representation in Korea, and the UNESCO Beijing Office, as well as numerous national institutions/NGOs including the National Human Rights Commission of Korea, the Korean Bar Association, Minbyun-Lawyers for a Democratic Society, the People’s Solidarity for Participatory Democracy (PSPD).

Pedro Góis

March-September 2007

Pedro is currently a PhD student (2004-2008) in Sociology of Culture in the University of Coimbra. His thesis title is “The Social construction of a transnational identity though migration: the cape-verdian identity”. He gained his MA in Sociology at the University of Coimbra in 2003, and attended a postgraduate course on Cape Verde issues at Rhode Island College & Rhode Island University in 1999. Pedro is a Lecturer in Sociology at the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Porto. He is also Invited Lecturer in the Master Programme on Cultural Psychiatry, Medical School, University of Coimbra, and is a Permanent Researcher at the Center for Social Studies, University of Coimbra. His current research interests focus on Cape Verdian migration, Cape-Verdian transnationalism, Cape Verdian identity, Sociology of Migration, Migration Theory.

Bastian Vollmer

June-August 2007

Bastian A. Vollmer is currently writing his PhD dissertation at the Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies (IMES), University of Amsterdam. His dissertation analyses policies designed to combat irregular migration in two European states, Germany and the United Kingdom. A policy framing approach will be applied comparing policy formations and evolutions for the past 30 years. He received his B.A. (Hons.) in Economics and Politics from the University of Westminster in London and, in 2004, an M.Phil degree in International Studies from the University of Cambridge. Between 2002 and 2004, he conducted two research projects at the Berlin Institute for Comparative Social Research funded by the European Commission.