Associate Professor Alan Gamlen

Alan Gamlen
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School of Social Sciences
Faculty of Arts

Alan Gamlen is the Director of the Hugo Centre for Population and Migration Research, and an Associate Professor of Geography at the University of Adelaide in South Australia. He received his Doctorate (in Human Geography) from the University of Oxford as a New Zealand Bright Future Scholar.

Alan’s research focuses on human migration and ethnicity, with special interests in the governance of international migration, diasporas and transnationalism. He is author of some 50 articles, book chapters and working papers on these topics, appearing in a range of journals including Political Geography, Progress in Human Geography, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, and International Migration Review. As an editor, he has co-published several books and special issues (including Migration and Global Governance and Diasporas Reimagined), and he is the Founding Editor-in-Chief of the journal Migration Studies, published by Oxford University Press. He is a frequent keynote speaker and media commentator around the world.

Alan grew up in New Zealand, completing undergraduate degrees at Victoria University of Wellington and receiving the university’s award for “most outstanding combination of academic excellence and contribution to the community”. In 2011-2015 he returned to Victoria as a member of the faculty, in fulfilment of national service commitments. Alan has also previously held appointments at Germany’s Max Planck Society, at the Japan Center for Area Studies in Osaka, at Stanford University in the USA, and at Oxford University in the UK, where he remains affiliated to several centers (including IMI and COMPAS, and St Antony’s). He has worked as a consultant and advisor to the World Bank, the Commonwealth Secretariat, the International Organization for Migration, various United Nations agencies, and numerous national governments. His research has been funded by the Royal Society of New Zealand, the UK Leverhulme Trust, and the UK Economic and Social Research Council, among others, and he is a past recipient of Japan’s Monbusho Scholarship, New Zealand’s Top Achiever Doctoral Scholarship, and Oxford’s Holly Wyatt-Walter Award. In 2014 he received New Zealand’s National Award for Best Emerging Researcher in Geography.

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Associate Professor Alan Gamlen

Alan Gamlen is the Director of the Hugo Centre for Population and Migration Research, and an Associate Professor of Geography at the University of Adelaide in South Australia. He received his Doctorate (in Human Geography) from the University of Oxford as a New Zealand Bright Future Scholar.

Alan’s research focuses on human migration and ethnicity, with special interests in the governance of international migration, diasporas and transnationalism. He is author of some 50 articles, book chapters and working papers on these topics, appearing in a range of journals including Political Geography, Progress in Human Geography, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, and International Migration Review. As an editor, he has co-published several books and special issues (including Migration and Global Governance and Diasporas Reimagined), and he is the Founding Editor-in-Chief of the journal Migration Studies, published by Oxford University Press. He is a frequent keynote speaker and media commentator around the world.

Alan grew up in New Zealand, completing undergraduate degrees at Victoria University of Wellington and receiving the university’s award for “most outstanding combination of academic excellence and contribution to the community”. In 2011-2015 he returned to Victoria as a member of the faculty, in fulfilment of national service commitments. Alan has also previously held appointments at Germany’s Max Planck Society, at the Japan Center for Area Studies in Osaka, at Stanford University in the USA, and at Oxford University in the UK, where he remains affiliated to several centers (including IMI and COMPAS, and St Antony’s). He has worked as a consultant and advisor to the World Bank, the Commonwealth Secretariat, the International Organization for Migration, various United Nations agencies, and numerous national governments. His research has been funded by the Royal Society of New Zealand, the UK Leverhulme Trust, and the UK Economic and Social Research Council, among others, and he is a past recipient of Japan’s Monbusho Scholarship, New Zealand’s Top Achiever Doctoral Scholarship, and Oxford’s Holly Wyatt-Walter Award. In 2014 he received New Zealand’s National Award for Best Emerging Researcher in Geography.

Current Projects:

Founding Editor in Chief, Migration StudiesMigration Studies is an international refereed journal dedicated to advancing scholarly understanding of the determinants, processes and outcomes of human migration in all its manifestations, and gives priority to work presenting methodological, comparative or theoretical advances. Our global editorial team includes leading migration scholars from across the social sciences, in every world region. Migration Studies is published by Oxford University Press.

'States and emigrants: Explaining the rise of diaspora institutions': This book project draws on data and analysis from the five-year research project examining the recent emergence of diaspora ministries and offices in more than half all United Nations member states. The data covers all UN members since 1980, with qualitative data such as interviews with senior policy makers from on 60 states and international organizations. Collaborators include scholars in Oxford, Brussels, Vienna, Minnesota, Nevada, New York and elsewhere. The research is funded by the Leverhulme Trust through the Oxford Diasporas Programme.

‘Educating for emigration? Searching for an appropriate education policy in the Pacific Islands’: This project examines the relationship between education, migration and development in the Pacific region, in collaboration with academics at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. Educating is a pathway both to development, and also to emigration. Can small island states have it both ways? This project is supported by the Marsden Fund (Principal Investigator Prof. John Overton).

‘Nation and Migration: Population mobilities, desires and state practices in 21st century NZ’: This project studies how nation and migration relate in an age of increasing temporary and circular migration. It is a collaboration with scholars at the University of Auckland in New Zealand. It examines migration patterns and drivers and governance approaches across key sectors of NZ’s mobility system. This project is supported by the Royal Society of New Zealand (Principal Investigator Dr Francis Collins).

‘Immigrant Investment Funds’: With colleagues at Stanford and Oxford, this project studies the global rise of government schemes to ‘sell citizenship’. Why have they spread? Why do they fail/succeed? How do they change citizenship and sovereignty? This project is in collaboration with Dr Chris Kutarna at Oxford University and Dr Ashby Monk at Stanford University.

Appointments

Date Position Institution name
2016 Director of the Hugo Centre for Population and Migration Research, and Associate Professor University of Adelaide
2015 - 2016 Visiting Scholar Stanford University
2011 - 2016 Lecturer, then Senior Lecturer (tenured) in Human Geography Victoria University of Wellington
2011 Research Associate at COMPAS, IMI and St Antony’s College University of Oxford
2010 - 2011 Postdoctoral Research Fellow University of Oxford
2009 - 2010 Postdoctoral Research Fellow Max Planck Institute on Diversity
2002 - 2005 Travel Editor and Classical Music Columnist Time Out Kansai
2002 - 2005 Editor National Museum of Ethnology
2001 - 2002 English Teacher / Corporate Trainer Japan Airlines Academy
2000 - 2001 Editor Huia Publishers

Awards and Achievements

Date Type Title Institution Name Amount
2014 Winner, President’s Award for Best Emerging Researcher New Zealand Geographical Society
2010 Runner-up, Maria Ioannis Baganha Award for the Best Dissertation in Europe
2006 Winner, Holly Wyatt-Walter Award for Best International Policy Research University of Oxford
2005 - 2008 Winner, Top Achiever Doctoral Scholarship, New Zealand
2005 - 2006 Winner, Australian Postgraduate Award & Research Training Award
2003 - 2005 Winner, Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho) Scholarship
2003 Winner, Victoria University Graduate Award Victoria University
1999 Winner, Victoria University, Most Outstanding Academic Excellence and Service to the Community Victoria University

Language Competencies

Language Competency
Japanese Can speak and understand spoken
Maori Can read, write, speak and understand spoken

Education

Date Institution name Country Title
2006 - 2010 University of Oxford United Kingdom PhD, Human Geography
2003 - 2005 Sophia University Japan Monbukagakusho Scholar, Ethnomusicology and Migration Studies
1996 - 2000 Victoria University of Wellington New Zealand BA & BMus

Keywords

Citizenship, Diasporas, Human Geography, International Relations, Migration, Political Science & Public Administration, Population Trends and Policies, Race and Ethnic Relations, Transnationalism

Journals

Date Citation
2016 Gamlen,A, 2016, Moving inkblots: Interpreting images of immigration, Migration Studies, 4, 3, 281-288 10.1093/migration/mnw031
2016 Délano,A, Gamlen,A, 2016, Teaching migration studies: A new series, Migration Studies, 4, 2, 153-153 10.1093/migration/mnw015
2016 Gamlen,A, Murray,W, Overton,J, 2016, Investigating education, migration and development - Moving triangles in the Pacific, New Zealand Geographer, Online, 1-12 10.1111/nzg.12146
2015 Gamlen,A, 2015, The impacts of extra-territorial voting: Swings, interregnums and feedback effects in New Zealand elections from 1914 to 2011, Political Geography, 44, 1-8 10.1016/j.polgeo.2014.08.005
2015 Gamlen,A, 2015, 'An inborn restlessness': Migration and exile in a turbulent world, Migration Studies, 3, 3, 307-314 10.1093/migration/mnv020
2015 Gamlen,AJ, 2015, 祖籍国与离散族裔的关系_比较与理论的视角_亚历山大_德拉诺, Southeast Asian Studies, 4, 1-10
2014 Délano,A, Gamlen,A, 2014, Comparing and theorizing state–diaspora relations, Political Geography, 41, 43-53 10.1016/j.polgeo.2014.05.005
2014 Gamlen,A, 2014, The new migration-and-development pessimism, Progress in Human Geography, 38, 4, 581-597 10.1177/0309132513512544
2014 Gamlen,A, 2014, Editorial: Celebrating excellence in migration studies, Migration Studies, 2, 3, 295-299 10.1093/migration/mnu047
2014 Gamlen,A, 2014, Diaspora Institutions and Diaspora Governance, International Migration Review, 48, S180-S217 10.1111/imre.12136
2013 Gamlen,A, 2013, Migration Studies: Taking stock of a new start, Migration Studies, 1, 3, 253-257 10.1093/migration/mnt027
2013 Gamlen,A, Betts,A, Delano,A, Lacroix,T, Paoletti,E, Sigona,N, Vargas-Silva,C, 2013, Faultlines and contact zones: A new forum for Migration Studies, Migration Studies, 1, 1, 1-3 10.1093/migration/mnt001
2013 Gamlen,A, 2013, Creating and destroying diaspora strategies: New Zealand’s emigration policies re-examined, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 38, 2, 238-253 10.1111/j.1475-5661.2012.00522.x
2008 Gamlen,A, 2008, The emigration state and the modern geopolitical imagination, Political Geography, 27, 8, 840-856 10.1016/j.polgeo.2008.10.004
2007 Gamlen,AJ, 2007, Making Hay While the Sun Shines: Envisioning New Zealand’s State-Diaspora Relations, Policy Quarterly, 3, 4, -
2003 Gamlen,AJ, 2003, Where does ‘Taiko’ come from? Makers in the history of Japanese drumming, New Zealand Asian Studies Society Newsletter, 14, 2-4

Books

Date Citation
2015 2015, Diasporas Re-imagined: The Oxford Diasporas Programme Collection
2015 2015, Diasporas Reimagined: Spaces, Practices and Belonging, Oxford Diasporas Programme, Oxford Department of International Development, Oxford, 1-231
2014 2014, Comparing and Theorizing State-Diaspora Relations: Special Section, Political Geography: Elsevier
2014 2014, Special Issue: Comparing and Theorizing State-Diaspora Relations, Political Geography, 41
2012 2012, Migration and Global Governance, Edward Elgar Pub

Book Chapters

Date Citation
2016 Gamlen,AJ, 2016, Diaspora studies: Robin’s impact on me, Oxford Publishing Services, Oxford, pp. 159-164
2015 Sigona,N, Gamlen,AJ, Libertore,G, Neveu-Kringelbach,H, 2015, Introduction, Oxford Diasporas Programme, Oxford, United Kingdom, pp. XVII-XXIII
2015 Delano,A, Gamlen,AJ, 2015, Comparing and theorizing state-diaspora relations, Oxford Diasporas Programme, Oxford, United Kingdom, pp. 176-179
2015 Gamlen,AJ, 2015, The rise of diaspora institutions, Oxford Diasporas Programme, Oxford, United Kingdom, pp. 166-171
2015 Gamlen,AJ, 2015, Explaining diaspora engagement policies, Oxford Diasporas Programme, Great Britain, pp. 22-24
2014 Gamlen,AJ, 2014, Diaspora governance, Centre on Migration, Policy and Society, Oxford, United Kingdom, pp. 21-23
2013 Gamlen,AJ, 2013, Creative destruction in the New Zealand 'diaspora strategy', Palgrave Macmillan, New York, pp. 196-225
2012 Gamlen,AJ, 2012, Mixing methods in research on diaspora policies, Edward Elgar Publishing Limited, Cheltenham, pp. 319-344
2012 Gamlen,AJ, 2012, Diasporas, Sage Publishing, United Kingdom, pp. 413-417 10.4135/9781452218557.n134
2011 Gamlen,AJ, 2011, Diasporas, Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 266-286 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199600458.001.0001
2011 Gamlen,AJ, Marsh,K, 2011, Introduction: modes of governing global migration, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, pp. xiii-xxxiii
2010 Gamlen,AJ, 2010, New Zealand and its diaspora, Massey University Press, Auckland, pp. 104-137
2009 Gamlen,AJ, 2009, El ‘Estado de emigración’ y los vínculos con la diáspora, Colección Politeya, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Madrid, pp. 237-264

Conference Items

Date Citation
2017 Gamlen,AJ, 2017, Human Geopolitics, Conference on Social Transformation, Turbulence and Human Mobility: A Future Oriented Symposium on the Work of Stephen Castles, University of Sydney
2016 Gamlen,AJ, Bardsley,D, Tan,Y, Wall,J, 2016, Keynote Address - Weaving the strands: A review of Graeme Hugo's work on environmental migration, The Hugo Conference: Environment, Migration, Politics, 3-5 Nov., University of Liege
2015 Gamlen,A, 2015, Explaining the Rise of Diaspora Institutions, British International Studies Association Conference, London
2015 Gamlen,AJ, 2015, The global refugee crisis, Vice Chancellor’s Panel on Global Issues for the New Zealand-based Foreign Ambassadors
2015 Gamlen,A, Jacoby,E, 2015, Explaining the rise of diaspora institutions, The Impact of Diasporas, London, UK
2015 Gamlen,AJ, 2015, Why do politicians break their promises on migration?, Migration, Diasporas and the Global South, SOAS, London
2015 Gamlen,AJ, 2015, Keynote Address - 'An inborn restlessness: Migration and exile in a turbulent world', The Inaugural Graeme Hugo Memorial Lecture, University of Adelaide
2014 Gamlen,AJ, 2014, Explaining the Rise of Diaspora Institutions, Centre for International Studies Special Lecture, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford
2014 Gamlen,AJ, 2014, Opening Address - Africa in Action: Celebrating Diaspora Contribution to Development, Africa in Action: Celebrating Diaspora Contribution to Development
2014 Gamlen,AJ, 2014, Robin’s Impact on Me, From New Helots to New Diasporas: A Retrospective for Robin Cohen, University of Oxford
2014 Gamlen,AJ, 2014, Diaspora Institutions and Global Migration Governance, Geography, Environment and Development Seminar Series, Victoria University of Wellington
2014 Gamlen,AJ, 2014, Diaspora Institutions and Diaspora Governance, International Migration Scholarship in the 21st Century: Critical Issues, Critical Questions, Centre for Migration Studies, New York
2013 Gamlen,AJ, 2013, Opening Address - States and Emigrants, Diasporas, Development and Governance in the Global South, Waterloo Ontario, Balsillie School of International Affairs
2013 Gamlen,AJ, 2013, States and Diasporas: The Drivers of Engagement, Rethinking Diasporas, University of Oxford
2013 Gamlen,AJ, 2013, Keynote Address - Explaining the Rise of Diaspora Institutions, Diaspora in India's Foreign Policy and National Security: A Comparative Perspective, Jawaharlal University New Delhi
2013 Gamlen,AJ, 2013, The new migration-and-development pessimism, School of People, Environment and Planning Seminar Series, Massey University, Palmerston North
2012 Gamlen,AJ, 2012, The new migration-and-development optimism, The Economic Impacts of Migration, National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis, University of Waikato
2012 Gamlen,AJ, 2012, Keynote Address - States and Diasporas: The Drivers of Engagement, Conference on Relationships between Diasporas and Their ‘Homelands’ and Their Impact on the State, National Identities, and Peace and Conflict, Lebanese American University, Beirut
2012 Gamlen,AJ, 2012, States and Emigrants: Diaspora Engagement Policies, International Migration Institute Special Lecture, University of Oxford
2011 Gamlen,AJ, 2011, Exercising external citizenship, Department of Geography Special Lecture, University of Bristol
2011 Gamlen,AJ, 2011, Rights in Diaspora: Portable Pensions and External Votes, The Impacts of Diasporas: COMPAS Seminar Series
2011 Gamlen,AJ, 2011, States and Emigrants: Embracing, Tapping or Governing?, Sending States and Diasporas, The New School, New York
2010 Gamlen,AJ, 2010, Keynote Address - Re-connecting the Commonwealth: Managing migration for development, Ramphal Commission Conference on First Report – Re-connecting the Commonwealth: Managing International Migration for Development, Paphos, Cyprus
2010 Gamlen,AJ, 2010, International Migration Data, International Migration Data
2009 Gamlen,AJ, 2009, Opening Address - Diaspora engagement: What, where, how?, Diaspora Strategies Conference, National University of Ireland, Maynooth
2007 Gamlen,AJ, 2007, Opening Address - State-diaspora relations, 3rd International Conference on State-Diaspora Relationships, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico, Mexico City

Report for External Bodies

Date Citation
2014 Gamlen,AJ, 2014, Knowns and known-unknowns on emigration and the diaspora
2014 Gamlen,AJ, McIntyre,C, Jacoby,E, 2014, Working definitions of ‘diaspora’ used in migrants’ states of origin
2011 Gamlen,AJ, 2011, Engaging Asia: the role of the Diaspora, Asia New Zealand Foundation
2010 Gamlen,AJ, 2010, People on the Move: Managing Migration in Today's Commonwealth, Ramphal Centre, London
2008 Gamlen,AJ, 2008, Why is it important to know about diasporas?
2006 Gamlen,AJ, 2006, International Labour Migration: In Whose Interests?

Working Paper

Date Citation
2016 Gamlen,AJ, Kutarna,C, Monk,A; 2016; Re-Thinking Immigrant Investment Funds
2016 Gamlen,AJ, Kutarna,C, Monk,A; 2016; Re-Thinking Immigrant Investment Funds
2015 Gamlen,AJ, Kutarna,C, Monk,A; 2015; Re-thinking Immigrant Investment Funds
2013 Gamlen,A, Cummings,M, Vaaler,P, Rossouw,L; 2013; Explaining the Rise of Diaspora Institutions
2011 Gamlen,AJ; 2011; Creating and Destroying Diaspora Strategies
2010 Gamlen,AJ; 2010; International Migration Data and the Study of Super-diversity
2008 Gamlen,AJ; 2008; Why Engage Diasporas?
2006 Gamlen,AJ; 2006; Diaspora Engagement Policies: What are they and what kinds of states use them?
2005 Gamlen,AJ; 2005; The Brain Drain is Dead; Long Live the New Zealand Diaspora

2015-2017, Associate Investigator, ‘Educating for emigration? Searching for an appropriate education policy in the Pacific Islands’, Marsden Fund Grant, Royal Society of New Zealand ($710,000. Principal Investigator: John Overton, Victoria University of Wellington)

2015-2020, Associate Investigator, ‘Nation and Migration: Population mobilities, desires and state practices in 21st century NZ’, Rutherford Discovery Fellowship, Royal Society of New Zealand ($800,000. Principal Investigator: Francis Collins, University of Auckland)

2011-16, Principal Investigator, ‘Diaspora Engagement Policies Project’, Leverhulme Trust ($400,000)

2011-16, Associate Investigator, ‘Oxford Diasporas Programme’, Leverhulme Trust ($3.5 million. Principal Investigator: Robin Cohen, University of Oxford)

2010-11, Principal Investigator, Economic and Social Research Council, ‘Emigration States in the Global Governance of Migration’ ($200,000)

2010, Principal Investigator, Asia New Zealand Foundation, ‘Engaging Asia: The role of the diaspora’ ($10,000).

Victoria University of Wellington, 2011-2015:

- Course Coordinator, “Introduction to Human Geography and Development Studies”, 1st Year Human Geography, >300 students, 2 weekly lectures plus small group tutorials.

- Course Coordinator, “Population and Migration”, 3rd Year Human Geography, >70 students, 3 weekly lectures plus small group tutorials.

- Coordinator, “Migration, Diasporas & Transnationalism”, 4th Year Human Geography, <10 students, weekly 2-hour seminar plus individual supervisions.

 

Oxford University, 2007-2010:

- Course Coordinator: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Migration, MPhil in Migration Studies, core course of seminars

- Course Coordinator: Querying Concepts in Migration Studies, MPhil in Migration Studies, core course of seminars

- College Tutor: Migration, Diasporas, Diversity and Global Cities, Human Geography Prelims, weekly tutorials of <4 students at 5 Oxford colleges

Completed Postgraduate Students:

2016 Lakshmin Mudalier, Masters in Human Geography: 'Beneficial Brain Drain in Fiji'

2016 Brigida Soares, Masters in Development Studies: 'Remittances to Timor Leste'2015 Michael Cummings, PhD in Management Science: 'Diaspora Engagement Policies', University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management (secondary)

2014 Chris McIntyre, Honours in Human Geography: 'Diaspora Engagement Policies'2014 Souphalack Bounpadith, Masters in Development Studies: 'Development Induced Displacement in Laos'

2014 Koko Si Thu, Masters in Development Studies: 'The Development Impacts of Human Smuggling in Myanmar'

2014 Jerome Cameron, Masters in Environmental Studies: 'Environmental Migration in the Pacific'

2013 Michael Sloan, PhD in Human Geography: 'Internal migration and wellbeing' (secondary)

2012 Cameron Ward, Honours in Human Geography: 'Sport and Pride in the City' 

2012 Sam Norman, Honours in Human Geography: 'Migration and the Christchurch Earthquakes'

2012 Iain Kirkpatrick, PGDip GIS Special Topic: 'Visualizing Diaspora Policies' (secondary)

Memberships

Date Role Membership Country
2017 Member Australian Labour Migration Research Network
2017 Member Institute of Australian Geographers
2017 Member Royal Geographical Society of South Australia
2017 Member Global Labour Organization
2014 Member Population Association of New Zealand
2014 New Zealand Geographical Society
2013 - 2015 Member Royal Society of New Zealand New Zealand

Committee Memberships

Date Role Committee Institution Country
2017 Member Migration and Population Priority Action Group Committee for Adelaide
2016 Member Research Committee: Faculty of Arts University of Adelaide
2016 Member Programme Sub-committee: 2018 International Metropolis Conference Australia

Editorial Boards

Date Role Editorial Board Name Country
2014 Board Member Geo: Geography and Environment
2011 Board Member Asia Pacific Viewpoint
2011 Board Member Geopolitics, History and International Relations
2011 Editor-In-chief Migration Studies
2007 - 2008 Board Member British Review of New Zealand Studies

Offices Held

Date Office Name Institution Country
2009 Research Associate: International Migration Institute University of Oxford United Kingdom
2005 Research Affiliate: Centre on Migration, Policy and Society University of Oxford United Kingdom

Consulting/Advisories

Date Institution Department Organisation Type Country
2014
2014
Position
Director
Phone
83133996
Campus
North Terrace
Building
Napier Building
Room Number
G 30
Org Unit
Australian Population and Migration Research Centre

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