Systems, boundaries and levels of analyses: geographical approaches to development and migration
By Prof. Ronald Skeldon (University of Sussex)
Globalisation, Transnationalism and Development Colloquium organised in association with Maastricht Centre for Citizenship, Migration and Development (MACIMIDE)
Discussant: Dr. Joris Schapendonk (Radboud University Nijmegen)
Abstract: This presentation will focus on spatial problems in the analysis of migration and development and particularly the issue of the state. It will take as a starting point work undertaken almost 20 years ago in the book, Migration and Development and try to update it in the light of recent thinking on the topic. It will examine the difficulties of relying upon the state as the basic unit of analysis and critique the idea of simple bi-polar models such as “North” and “South” as the basis for so much of our analyses of global flows. An alternative approach will be examined in the context of a transition to high mobility.
Prof. Ronald Skeldon is a Professorial Fellow in the Department of Geography at the School of Global Studies at the University of Sussex. He holds a Professorship in Human Geography at UNU-MERIT/MGSoG. In addition to this he works as a consultant to international organizations, including the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the United Nations Population Division (UNDP), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the International Labour Organization (ILO), the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) in New York. He has a great deal of experience researching population and development; migration and development; linkages between internal and international migration, skilled migration, circular migration, populations of East and Southeast Asia and the Andean region of South America. His latest research and publications focused on circular migration, the impact of the financial crisis and migration and climate change.
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