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Development and Migration (International Field)

This field is co-sponsored by the DPDF Program and the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS) at the University of Oxford.

Open to doctoral students based at universities within the U.S. and first-year doctoral students based at universities within the United Kingdom.

Workshop dates:
Spring- June 10-15, 2014 in Oxford, England
Fall- September 17-21, 2014 in Arlington, Virginia

How does development affect migration? Late 20th century explanations of the resurgence of international migration from emerging to advanced economies offered by neo-classical, structural, systems, new economics, and other theories, all held economic development central in generating the pushes and pulls that motivate migrants. Over three decades, however, interdisciplinary approaches have recast development more broadly to include "social transformation" and have drawn attention to political, social, and cultural factors that broaden and complement more narrowly focused interpretations of economic restructuring. Similarly, migration studies has broadened its scope beyond international labor to consider multiple and expanded types of internal as well as international mobility including notably: rural-urban, internally displaced, ecological, inter-corporate, tourist, and other migrations. Analytic approaches to migration have also evolved to focus on different levels of social organization and their interrelations, such as macro-level contextual structures and processes, meso-level communities and networks, and micro-level familial strategies and individual decision making and agency. As a result of these advances, the time is ripe to reassess earlier understandings and to explore new approaches to understand the nature and role of development processes and their impacts on the origins, processes, and outcomes of migration.

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Field Directors

Ronald Skeldon
Professorial Fellow, University of Sussex, Geography [ bio ]
Ronald Skeldon is a Professorial Fellow in Geography in the School of Global Studies at the University of Sussex, and Professor of Human Geography at the Graduate School of Governance at Maastricht University in the Netherlands. His research focuses on issues of population, migration, and development, primarily in East and Southeast Asia and the Andes region. He has authored the book, Migration and Development: A Global Perspective (Routledge 1997), in addition to other volumes and numerous journal articles. He has previously worked for the United Nations as an adviser and expert in Southeast Asia, and continues to serve as a consultant to various international organizations, including the International Organization for Migration (IOM), United Nations Population Division (UNDP), the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and, most recently, the Bauhinia Foundation in Hong Kong. Skeldon received his PhD in Geography from the University of Toronto.
Josh DeWind
Program Director, Social Science Research Council [ bio ]
Josh DeWind directs the Migration Program and Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship (DPDF) Program at the Social Science Research Council. The Migration Program has fostered interdisciplinary collaboration in migration studies both within the United States and internationally as related to various topics including development, foreign policy, politics, race, religion, and education. He is co-editor of The Handbook of International Migration: The American Experience (Russell Sage Foundation 1999) and Migration and Development Within and Across Borders: Research and Policy Perspectives on Internal and International Migration (International Organization on Migration 2008). He received his PhD in Anthropology from Columbia University.


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