Prof. Robin Cohen

Prof. Robin Cohen (University of Oxford)

Robin Cohen is Professor of Development Studies and Senior Researcher at the International Migration Institute, University of Oxford. He is also an Honorary Professor at Warwick, where he was Professor of Sociology for many years. He has served as Dean of Humanities at the University of Cape Town (2001–3) and directed the nationally-designated UK Centre for Research in Ethnic Relations at Warwick (1985–9). He has held full-time appointments at the Universities of Ibadan, Birmingham and the West Indies and short-term appointments at Stanford, Toronto and Berkeley.

Robin Cohen is editor of the Routledge series on Global Diasporas and the Cambridge survey of world migration (1995). His books include Labour and politics in Nigeria (1974, rev. 1982); Endgame in South Africa? (1986); The New Helots: migrants in the international division of labour (1987, 2003); Contested Domains: debates in international labour studies (1991); Frontiers of Identity: the British and the others (1994), Global Diasporas: an introduction (1997, 1999, 2001, 2005 rev. 2008), Global Sociology (co-author, 2000, 2001, rev. 2007) and Migration and Its Enemies (2006). His works have been translated into Chinese, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese and Spanish. He has edited or co-edited 19 further volumes, particularly on labour studies, ethnicity, transnationalism, migration, creolization and globalisation.

He is currently completing a three year Professorial Fellowship funded by the Economic and Social Research Council on the comparative study of mixed identities and cultures.

At MPI-MMG Prof. Cohen will be working closely with Prof. Vertovec by way of developing an external research programme on diversity in South Africa.

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