Professor Alan Gamlen is a Professor in the ANU School of Regulation and Global Governance.

He is an expert on human migration and mobility.

Alan has previously held appointments at Oxford University, Stanford University, the Max Planck Society, the Japan Centre for Area Studies, Monash University and Wellington University in his homeland, New Zealand. In 2010-2020 he was Founding Editor-in-Chief of the journal Migration Studies (Oxford University Press), and in 2016-17 he was Director of the Australian Population and Migration Research Centre.

His research has been funded by the Australian Research Council, the Royal Society of New Zealand, the UK Leverhulme Trust, the UK Economic and Social Research Council, the New Zealand Bright Futures Fund, and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. He has worked as a consultant and advisor on migration and migration policy to the World Bank, the Commonwealth Secretariat, the International Organization for Migration, various United Nations agencies, and numerous national governments, regional agencies, and NGOs.

Alan is a High-Level Advisor to the United Nations Migration Agency and an Advisory Board Member with the UN Platform on Disaster Displacement. His book, Human Geopolitics: States, Emigrants and the Rise of Diaspora Institutions (Oxford University Press 2019), won the 2020 Distinguished Book Award for Best Book on Ethnicity and Migration from the International Studies Association.

He is a member of the Tainui federation of Maori tribes in Aotearoa-New Zealand. He holds a Doctorate from the University of Oxford (St Antony’s College), where he studied as a New Zealand Top Achiever Scholar.

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