Editorial Committee and Contributors
Shaddin Almasri is a Jordanian-American migration studies researcher based in Krems, Austria. Her research interests are in aid policy, development, and refugee labor integration with a regional focus on the Middle East. Previously, she held research and advocacy roles at Oxfam in Jordan and at the WANA Institute, a local Jordanian thinktank. She holds an MSc Migration, Mobility and Development from SOAS, University of London and a BA Economics from the American University of Sharjah. She is currently a PhD Migration Studies candidate at Danube University Krems, where she is conducting research on nationality-based discrimination in refugee aid and inclusion policies across Jordan, Turkey and Ethiopia.
Moritz Altenried is a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for European Ethnology and the Berlin Institute for Integration and Migration Research (BIM) at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. His research interests include labour, digitization, migration, platforms and delivery logistics, the political economy of the digital, as well as logistics and infrastructure. A current focus are two major research projects on the gig economy, migration and urban space. His monograph, The Digital Factory, is forthcoming with the University of Chicago Press in 2021.
Dr. H. Arokkiaraj
Dr H Arokkiaraj, Associate Research Fellow at the International Institute of Migration and Development, India. He is also a Research Affiliate at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Previously he was a Postdoc Fellow at Leibniz Science Campus, Germany. He holds a PhD in Social Work from the University of Delhi, India and specialized in the field of migration and mobility.
Her work focuses on the study of globalised and digital cultures as well as migration and racism, labour and everyday life in a global perspective. She is a Professor at the Institute for European Ethnology and the Berlin Institute for Migration Research at Humboldt University Berlin and she currently oversees six research projects (funded be the Berlin University Alliance Grand Challenge "Social Cohesion" and the OX|BER Center for Advanced Studies, the European research programmes H2020 and HERA, as well as the Volkswagen Foundation and the German Research Foundation).
Jáfia Naftali Câmara
Jáfia Naftali Câmara is a doctoral researcher based at the University of Bristol, United Kingdom. Her research focuses on refugee and asylum-seeking students' experiences and perspectives of education. She holds a MA from New York University and a BA from the University of California, Davis. In addition to contributing to the MoLab Inventory, she participates in two other projects, ‘New leadership programme supporting young refugees’ and ‘Developing new post-16 pathways for young migrants with limited English proficiency.’
Esra Demirkol Colosio
Esra Demirkol Colosio is a sociologist, based in Ankara, Turkey. In her research, she focuses on transnational migration, gender and family. Since January 2019, she has been part of ‘Tomorrow’s Cities’, UKRI GFRC Urban Disaster Risk Hub, as a researcher. She is currently teaching at Çankırı Karatekin University, Turkey.
Danielle Douglas is a master’s candidate at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, USA, where she focuses on global migration and human security. She has published work with the Mixed Migration Centre, the Henry J. Leir Institute for Human Security, Feinstein International Center, Global Labor Justice–International Labor Rights Forum, and Al Jazeera. Danielle is currently completing a masters thesis assessing how migration policies throughout the Americas do (or do not) address factors related to climate change and environmental degradation.
Kathrin Fischer is doctoral candidate at the University of Oxford. Her research focuses on access to international migration channels in Nepal. The project is particularly concerned with labour broker networks, as well as the mechanisms and interdependency of influencing factors related to class, caste and kinship. She has also worked for different humanitarian organisations in Nepal (2015), Haiti (2016, 2017), and on the Ukraine-Slovakia border (2022). Research interests: Migration and mobility / Intermediaries and brokering / Global health / Care and kinship / Community participation in humanitarian and development contexts / Communication and cooperation between research, policy and implementation.
Bronwyn Frey is an anthropologist based in Berlin, Germany. Her work focusses on datafication, speculative finance, labour processes, mobility, and urban studies. Her research on algorithmic labour management has been published in the ‘Anthropology of Work Review, Mobilities’, and ‘Science, Technology & Human Values’. She holds a PhD in Sociocultural Anthropology from the University of Toronto.
Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society (REMESO), Linköping University
I am a doctoral candidate at the Freie Universität Berlin, with research interests in material culture, criminality, exchange relations and consumption in South Africa's context of economic inequality. My research during the visiting fellowship at the MPI examines how objects that are stolen during robberies and burglaries in South Africa, circulate through local and transnational trading networks. I am interested in theoretically exploring whether these stolen objects, especially modern electronics, enter circuits that have a redistributive function on the African continent.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan
International Organization for Migration, Geneva
IOM Development Fund
Omar Kadkoy is a policy analyst, based in Ankara, Turkey. His most recent publication was a book chapter titled “Syrian Entrepreneurs in Turkey: Emerging Economic Actors and Agents of Social Cohesion.” He currently works at the Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey where he focuses on the socio-economic integration of Syrians in Turkey. Recently, he coordinated a project titled “Social Equality for Forced Migrants: The Role of Municipalities and NGOs in a Pandemic.”
Sin Yee Koh
Sin Yee Koh is Senior Assistant Professor in Asian Migration, Mobility and Diaspora at the Institute of Asian Studies, Universiti Brunei Darussalam. She is also Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at the School of Arts and Social Sciences, Monash University Malaysia. Her work uses the lens of migration/mobility to understand the circulations of people, capital, and aspirations in and through cities.
Thomas Mengnjo Tardzenyuy
MENGNJO TARDZENYUY Thomas is an Assistant Lecturer and Researcher in Public Administration and Policy in the Faculty of Law and Political Science of the University of Bamenda, Cameroon-Africa. His research interest focuses on: Mobility Policies in Africa, Decentralisation and development, Identity Crisis/Conflict, Online Political Communication and Humanitarian Policies. He holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Dschang, Cameroon.
College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU
Julia Morris is Assistant Professor of International Studies at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Her research focuses on the commodification of human mobility from fieldwork largely in the Republic of Nauru, Australia, Fiji, and Geneva. Her book, Asylum and Extraction in the Republic of Nauru, is forthcoming with Cornell University Press in February 2023. Her current research project looks at the resource entanglements of nonhumans in boundary making in the Guatemalan ecological development sector.
Nurlan Muminov is a Lecturer in Professional Department of International Relations at Kazakh Ablai Khan University of International Relations and World Languages, Almaty, Kazakhstan. His research interests include identity politics, migration, foreign policy, Middle Eastern politics, state-society relations in Russia and Central Asia. His current researches focus on the transformation of Israel’s perception of the post-Arab Spring Middle Eastern countries.
Nirmala Arath Prabhakar
Nirmala Arath Prabhakar is a doctoral candidate at Monash University Malaysia, with research interests in the area of migration and mobilities. Her research project investigates the migration infrastructure involved in the labour mobilities of female Ayurveda therapists from the state of Kerala in India to Malaysia, and participants’ negotiations of such infrastructure. The COVID-19 pandemic and global developments since then, provide the backdrop to this study.
Žiga Podgornik Jakil
I did my PhD at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the Free University of Berlin (2015-2019). My thesis mainly dealt with migration, border regimes, political activism, and protest cultures in Germany and Slovenia in the context of the European 'Summer of Migration' of 2015. Currently, I am preparing my postdoctoral project entitled "Logistical Capitalism and Logistification of Migrant Labor: An Ethnography of African Logistics Workers in Germany," which I will be conducting at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Bayreuth. My goal is to investigate how African migrants are integrated into the growing logistics sector in the Berlin-Brandenburg metropolitan region - focusing on workers in distribution centers of retailers like Amazon, Zalando, etc. - and how this affects their lives as labor subjects.
University of Oxford
S. Irudaya Rajan
S. Irudaya Rajan is Professor at the Centre for Development Studies (CDS), Kerala, India and he is the chairman of International Institute of Migration and Development (IIMAD). He is the editor of the series India Migration Report (Routledge) since 2010 and Founder Editor-in-Chief of Migration and Development. He is Chair of the KNOMAD thematic working group on internal migration and urbanization managed by the World Bank.
Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford
Angela Remus is a juris doctor student at Yale Law School, based in New Haven, United States. Her work has appeared in the University of Oxford Refugee Studies Centre Working Paper Series. In addition to her research, she tracks developments in U.S. immigration regulations with the Immigration Policy Tracking Project.
Magda Rodríguez Dehli
Magda Rodríguez Dehli is a student and candidate to the civil service exams in Madrid, Spain. She is an editor at the MoLab Inventory. She is also an editor at Routed Magazine, where she coordinates the English and Spanish editions.
Sanam Roohi is an Alexander von Humboldt fellow at the Centre for Modern Indian Studies, University of Göttingen. As a social anthropologist, her work straddles the themes of embodied migration infrastructures, transnational resource flows and their ramifications on social mobility and the reproduction of inequalities. Her recent interest also includes the making of social media publics. Roohi is on the editorial board of Comparative Migration Studies journal and a working group leader of COST Action - European Network on International Student mobility (ENIS).
Kristin Senger is a master’s student in political science and sociology at the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany. She is a research assistant at the department ‘Anthropology of Economic Experimentation’ at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology and she is working for the MoLab Inventory. In her studies she focuses on social policies and gender equality in Germany and the European Union.
Chiedza Mutsaka Skyum
Research Institute for Language & Cultures of Asia, Mahidol University
John Surico is a journalist and researcher, based in New York. His reporting can be found in The New York Times, Bloomberg CityLab, City Monitor, and many others. He teaches urbanism-focused journalism at New York University's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute and is a research fellow at the Center for an Urban Future, a leading think tank in New York City.
Mira Wallis is an anthropologist, based in Berlin, Germany. Her work focuses on digital labour, migration and social reproduction. She is currently working on an anthology titled “Platform Capitalism and the Crisis of Social Reproduction” that will be published at Verlag Westfälisches Dampfboot in May 2021 (together with Moritz Altenried and Julia Dück). She is a research fellow and PhD candidate at the Institute for European Ethnology and the Berlin Institute for Integration and Migration Research (BIM) at the Humboldt University of Berlin where she works in the DFG-funded research project “Digitalisation of Labour and Migration”.
Jack Linzhou Xing
Jack Linzhou Xing is currently a PhD student in the History and Sociology of Technology and Science program, Georgia Institute of Technology. He holds an MPhil. in science and technology studies from the University of Hong Kong. His research interests include science and technology studies, sociology of technology and labor, gig economy, and innovation policies in China. His works are published in journals including Research Policy, Science and Public Policy, and Mobilities.
Chaoguo Xing is an associate professor at the University of Science and Technology Beijing, China. He holds a PhD in Sociology from Renmin University of China and a PhD in Anthropology from Aichi University, Japan. His major research interest specializes in Chinese internal migration. His current research focuses on Chinese domestic workers’ informal employment during COVID-19.
Juan Zhang is a social anthropologist at the University of Bristol. Her research explores borders and transnational mobilities in various forms – from memories and livelihoods at the margins of China and Vietnam, to the global flows of labour and capital in and out of Asian casino spaces; from transnational marriages and family life to Asian migrant im/mobilities under differentiated pandemic governance. Juan’s work has appeared in Environment & Planning D, Gender Place & Culture, Mobilities among others. She currently coordinates the “Trade, Labour, Capital” Research Challenge at Migration Mobilities Bristol.
Jun Zhang is an assistant professor at City University of Hong Kong. She had held positions at Bryn Mawr College and the University of Hong Kong. Her works explore social transformation through urban governance, material culture and infrastructure, space and mobility, and class politics, with a regional focus on China. She is the author of 'Driving toward Modernity: Cars and the Lives of the Middle Class in Contemporary China' (2019).