Prof Oliver Bakewell

Senior Research Officer and Associate Professor

Oliver’s work focuses on the intersections between migration and mobility and broader processes of development and change, with a particular empirical focus on migration within Africa.

His current research focusses on migration, integration and diaspora in sub-Saharan Africa, including projects on the formation of African diasporas within Africa, family strategies of migrants in Burkina Faso, and migration and social protection. He was the principal investigator for the four-year Theorizing the Evolution of European Migration Systems (THEMIS) project and the African Great Lakes Mobility project at the International Migration Institute (IMI).

Prior to joining IMI, Oliver spent many years working with migrants and refugees both as a researcher and as a practitioner with a range of development and humanitarian NGOs.

He holds a PhD and MSc in Development Studies from the University of Bath and a BA in Mathematics from the University of Cambridge.

Migrants in countries in crisis: Supporting an evidence-based approach for effective and cooperati...
Family strategies of migrants in West Africa
European welfare systems in times of mobility

Oliver Bakewell lectures on the Key Themes in International Migration course for the MSc in Migration Studies and offers an option on African Migration and Displacement for the MSc in Migration Studies, MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies and the MSc in African Studies. He supervises students on these courses and also the MPhil in Development Studies.

Research Students supervised

Geraldine Adiku
Research Student
Solange Fontana
Research Student
Greta Semplici
Research Student

Books and monographs

Bakewell, Oliver (with Godfried Engbersen, Maria Lucinda Fonseca, Cindy Horst) (2015) 'Beyond Networks: Feedback in International Migration', Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
Bakewell, Oliver (ed) (2011) 'Migration and Development', Cheltenham: Edward Elgar
Bakewell, Oliver (with B Pratt, J Adams) (2003) 'Sharpening the Development Process: A Practical Guide to Monitoring and Evaluation (Praxis Guide No. 1)', Oxford: INTRAC

Journal articles and special issues

Bakewell, Oliver (with Naluwembe Binaisa) (2016) 'Tracing diasporic identifications in Africa's urban landscapes: Evidence from Lusaka and Kampala', Ethnic and Racial Studies 39 (2) 280-300
Bakewell, Oliver (2014) 'Relaunching migration systems', Migration Studies 2 (3) 300-18
Bakewell, Oliver (with Gunvor Jonsson) (2013) 'Theory and the Study of Migration in Africa', Journal of Intercultural Studies 34 (5) 477-85
Bakewell, Oliver (with H de Haas, A Kubal) (2012) 'Migration Systems, Pioneer Migrants and the Role of Agency', Journal of Critical Realism 11(4) 413-37
Bakewell, Oliver (2010) 'Some Reflections on Structure and Agency in Migration Theory', Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 36 1689-708
Bakewell, Oliver (2009) 'Migration, Diasporas and Development: Some Critical Perspectives', Jahrbucher fur Nationalokonomie und Statistik 229 787-802
Bakewell, Oliver (2008) 'In Search of the Diasporas Within Africa', African Diaspora 1 5-27
Bakewell, Oliver (2008) 'Keeping Them in their Place: The Ambivalent Relationship Between Development and Migration in Africa', Third World Quarterly 29 1341-58
Bakewell, Oliver (2008) 'Research Beyond the Categories: The Importance of Policy Irrelevant Research into Forced Migration', Journal of Refugee Studies 21 432-53
Bakewell, Oliver (2002) 'Refugee Aid and Protection in Rural Africa: Working in Parallel or Cross Purposes?', Refugee Survey Quarterly 21(1/2) 228-41
Bakewell, Oliver (2000) 'Repatriation and Self-Settled Refugees in Zambia: Bringing Solutions to the Wrong Problems', Journal of Refugee Studies 13(4) 355-73
Bakewell, Oliver (2000) 'Uncovering Local Perspectives on Humanitarian Assistance and its Outcomes', Disasters 24(2) 103-16


Bakewell, Oliver (2015) 'Moving from War to Peace in the Zambia-Angola Borderlands'. In D Vigneswaran and J Quirk (ed) Mobility Makes States: Migration and Power in Africa , Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press
Bakewell, Oliver (2015) 'Migration within Developing Areas: Some African perspectives on mobility'. In A Triandafyllidou (ed) Routledge Handbook of Immigration and Refugee Studies , London: Routledge
Bakewell, Oliver (2014) 'Encampment and Self-settlement'. In E Fiddian Qasmiyeh, G Loescher, K Long and N Sigona (eds) The Oxford Handbook of Refugee and Forced Migration Studies , Oxford: Oxford University Press
Bakewell, Oliver (2011) 'Conceptualising Displacement and Migration: Processes, Conditions, and Categories'. In Khalid Koser, Susan Martin (eds) The Migration-Displacement Nexus: Patterns, Processes and Policies , Oxford: Berghahn Books
Bakewell, Oliver (2011) 'Migration and Development in Sub-Saharan Africa'. In N Phillips (ed) Migration in the Global Political Economy , London: Lynne Reinner Publishers
Bakewell, Oliver (2008) 'Perspectives from Governments of Countries of Origin and Migrant Associations'. In S Castles, R Delgado Wise (eds) Migration and Development: Perspectives from the South 285-303 , Geneva: International Organisation for Migration
Bakewell, Oliver (2008) 'Migration and Development in Africa - A Critical Analysis'. In R Bardouille, M Ndulo, M Grieco (eds) Africa's Finances: The Contribution of Remittances , Newcaste upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Bakewell, Oliver (2006) 'Breaching the Borders between Research and Practice: Development NGOs and Qualitative Data'. In M Smith (ed) Negotiating Boundaries and Borders: Qualitative Methodology and Development Research , London: Elsevier
Bakewell, Oliver (2005) 'Community Service in Refugee Aid Programmes: Leading the Way in the Empowerment of Refugees or a Sop to Humanitarian Consciences'. In F Crepeau, D Nakache, M Collyer (eds) Forced Migration and Global Processes: A View from Forced Migration Studies , Landham MD: Lexington Books
Bakewell, Oliver (2004) 'Repatriation: Angolan Refugees or Migrating Villagers?'. In P Essed, G Frerk, J Schrivers (eds) Refugees and the Transformation of Societies , Oxford: Berghahn Press

Working papers

Bakewell, Oliver (2009) 'South-South Migration and Human Development: Reflections on African Experiences', Human Development Research Paper 2009/07 New York: UNDP
28 June, 2017
Nine academics and students to present at ECAS7 in Basel
05 January, 2016
New Book Co-edited by Oliver Bakewell: Beyond Networks - Feedback in International Migration
20 December, 2011
IMI wins $400,000 for New Project on Mobility in African Great Lakes Region
09 December, 2011
New IMI THEMIS WPS; Global Migration Futures Workshop Briefing
Research interests:

African migration; interface migration and development; borderlands; identity papers; migration discourses; labelling and bureaucratic categories; return and repatriation; Zambia; Angola