Principal Investigator, Theorizing the Evolution of European Migration Systems
Research focus: Oliver’s research interests include migration, diasporas and global development; social theory and migration; ‘forced’ versus ‘voluntary’ migration; African migration; borderlands; identity papers; migration discourses; Zambia; and Angola.
Background: Oliver Bakewell holds a PhD and MSc in Development Studies from the University of Bath and a BA in Mathematics from the University of Cambridge. He has spent many years working with migrants and refugees both as a researcher and as a practitioner with a range of development and humanitarian NGOs. Prior to joining IMI, he was the Senior Researcher at INTRAC – the International NGO Training and Research Centre.
Current IMI research projects: In addition to being the principal investigator for the NORFACE project Theorizing the Evolution of European Migration Systems (THEMIS) Oliver is also:
* leading research into the formation of African diasporas within the African continent as part of the Oxford Diasporas Programme.
* involved in research related to the MacArthur-funded African Perspectives on Human Mobility project.
* undertaking ongoing research into the changing patterns of cross-border movements between Angola and western Zambia from the mid 1990s to today.
Please see the link to his IMI profile for a full listing of his publications: http://www.imi.ox.ac.uk/about-us/people/oliver-bakewell