Alan Gamlen

Assoc Professor

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Alan Gamlen is Associate Professor of Human Geography at Monash University in Melbourne, 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, and Co-Editor of the Policy Press book series on Global Migration and Social Change. 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, and in 2016-17 he was Director of the Hugo Centre for Migration and Population Research at the University of Adelaide. Alan has also previously held appointments at Stanford University, Germany’s Max Planck Society, the Japan Centre for Area Studies (part of the Japanese National Museum of Ethnology), and Oxford University. 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, regional agencies and NGOs. 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.


  • human geography
  • migration
  • diaspora
  • transnationalism
  • citizenship
  • political geography

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Research Output 2003 2018

Why Engage Diasporas?

Gamlen, A. J. 2018 (Accepted/In press) The Routledge Diaspora Studies Reader. Stierstorfer, K. & Wilson, J. (eds.). London: Routledge

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)

Investigating education, migration and development – Moving triangles in the Pacific

Gamlen, A., Murray, W. E. & Overton, J. 1 Apr 2017 In : New Zealand Geographer. 73, 1, p. 3-14 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Mixing methods to explain emigrant engagement

Gamlen, A. J. & McIntyre , C. 2017 (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Mixed Methods Research.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Why Engage Diasporas?

Gamlen, A. J. 2017 (Accepted/In press) The Routledge Handbook of Diaspora studies. Cohen, R. & Fischer, C. (eds.). Routledge

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)

Activities 2007 2017

  • 34 Contribution to conference
  • 9 Contribution to workshop, seminar, course
  • 1 Editorial responsibility

ASEAN 50th Anniversary Celebrations, ‘The importance of cultural diplomacy’

Gamlen, A. J. (Invited speaker)
31 Mar 2017

Activity: Contribution to conference

Emigration and the rise of diaspora institutions

Gamlen, A. J. (Invited speaker)
6 Sep 2017

Activity: Contribution to workshop, seminar, course

GTASA Annual Conference

Gamlen, A. J. (Keynote/plenary speaker)
25 May 2017

Activity: Contribution to conference

Conference on Social Transformation, Turbulence and Human Mobility

Gamlen, A. J. (Invited speaker)
17 Mar 2017

Activity: Contribution to conference

‘Global Policy Shopping and Bad Diaspora Practices’

Gamlen, A. J. (Invited speaker)
24 Nov 2017

Activity: Contribution to conference