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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.
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.