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.
Founding Editor in Chief, Migration Studies: Migration 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.
|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|
|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||Winner, Victoria University Graduate Award||Victoria University|
|2003 - 2005||Winner, Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho) Scholarship|
|1999||Winner, Victoria University, Most Outstanding Academic Excellence and Service to the Community||Victoria University|
|Japanese||Can speak and understand spoken|
|Maori||Can read, write, speak and understand spoken|
|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|
|2015||2015, Diasporas Reimagined: Spaces, Practices and Belonging, Oxford Diasporas Programme, Oxford Department of International Development, Oxford, 1-231|
|2015||2015, Diasporas Re-imagined: The Oxford Diasporas Programme Collection|
|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|
|2016||Gamlen,AJ, 2016, Diaspora studies: Robin’s impact on me, Oxford Publishing Services, Oxford, pp. 159-164|
|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|
|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|
|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, Diasporas, Sage Publishing, United Kingdom, pp. 413-417 10.4135/9781452218557.n134|
|2012||Gamlen,AJ, 2012, Mixing methods in research on diaspora policies, Edward Elgar Publishing Limited, Cheltenham, pp. 319-344|
|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|
|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, Keynote Address - 'An inborn restlessness: Migration and exile in a turbulent world', The Inaugural Graeme Hugo Memorial Lecture, University of Adelaide|
|2015||Gamlen,AJ, 2015, The global refugee crisis, Vice Chancellor’s Panel on Global Issues for the New Zealand-based Foreign Ambassadors|
|2015||Gamlen,AJ, 2015, Why do politicians break their promises on migration?, Migration, Diasporas and the Global South, SOAS, London|
|2015||Gamlen,A, Jacoby,E, 2015, Explaining the rise of diaspora institutions, The Impact of Diasporas, London, UK|
|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 Diaspora Governance, International Migration Scholarship in the 21st Century: Critical Issues, Critical Questions, Centre for Migration Studies, New York|
|2014||Gamlen,AJ, 2014, Diaspora Institutions and Global Migration Governance, Geography, Environment and Development Seminar Series, Victoria University of Wellington|
|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|
|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, 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|
|2013||Gamlen,AJ, 2013, States and Diasporas: The Drivers of Engagement, Rethinking Diasporas, University of Oxford|
|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|
|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|
|2011||Gamlen,AJ, 2011, Exercising external citizenship, Department of Geography Special Lecture, University of Bristol|
|2011||Gamlen,AJ, 2011, States and Emigrants: Embracing, Tapping or Governing?, Sending States and Diasporas, The New School, New York|
|2011||Gamlen,AJ, 2011, Rights in Diaspora: Portable Pensions and External Votes, The Impacts of Diasporas: COMPAS Seminar Series|
|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|
|2014||McIntyre,C, Jacoby,E, Gamlen,AJ, 2014, Working definitions of ‘diaspora’ used in migrants’ states of origin|
|2014||Gamlen,A, 2014, Knowns and known-unknowns on emigration and the diaspora|
|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,A, 2008, Why is it important to know about diasporas?|
|2006||Gamlen,AJ, 2006, International Labour Migration: In Whose Interests?|
|2016||Gamlen,A, 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,A; 2011; Creating and destroying diaspora strategies|
|2010||Gamlen,A; 2010; International migration data and the study of super-diversity|
|2008||Gamlen,A; 2008; Why engage diasporas?|
|2006||Gamlen,A; 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)
|2017||Member||Australian Labour Migration Research Network|
|2017||Member||Royal Geographical Society of South Australia|
|2017||Member||Institute of Australian Geographers|
|2017||Member||Global Labour Organization|
|2014||New Zealand Geographical Society|
|2014||Member||Population Association of New Zealand|
|2013 - 2015||Member||Royal Society of New Zealand||New Zealand|
|2017||Member||Migration and Population Priority Action Group||Committee for Adelaide|
|2016||Member||Programme Sub-committee: 2018 International Metropolis Conference||Australia|
|2016||Member||Research Committee: Faculty of Arts||University of Adelaide|
|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|
|2007 - 2008||Board Member||British Review of New Zealand Studies|
|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|