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Stephen Castles

Team Member, Theorizing the Evolution of European Migration Systems

Stephen Castles
Professor Stephen Castles is Associate Director of the International Migration Institute and also holds a Research Chair in Sociology at the University of Sydney, where he is based.

Research focus: Stephen is a sociologist and political economist, and currently works on international migration dynamics, global governance, migration and development, and regional migration in Africa, Asia and Europe.

Background: Stephen studied sociology at Frankfurt am Main, and took an MA and DPhil at the University of Sussex. He has carried out research on migration and multicultural societies in Europe, Australia and Asia for many years. He has also been involved in community education work in the UK and Southern Africa.

Stephen taught Sociology and Political Economy at the Fachhochschule Frankfurt am Main from 1972 to 1985. From 1986 to 2000 he was Professor of Sociology and Director of the Centre for Multicultural Studies (1986-1996) and then Director of the Centre for Asia Pacific Social Transformation Studies, at the University of Wollongong, Australia. From 1994 to 2001, he helped establish and coordinate the UNESCO-MOST Asia Pacific Migration Research Network. From 2001-2006, Stephen was Director of the Refugee Studies Centre at Oxford University. He has been an advisor to the Australian and British Governments, and has worked for the ILO, the IOM, the European Union and other international bodies.

His recent books include:
The Age of Migration: International Population Movements in the Modern World (Fourth Edition, with Mark Miller, Basingstoke, Palgrave-Macmillan, 2009); Migration, Citizenship and the European Welfare State: A European Dilemma (with Carl-Ulrik Schierup and Peo Hansen, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006); and Migration and Development: Perspectives from the South (edited with Raúl Delgado Wise, Geneva: International Organization for Migration, 2008).

Research Chair in Sociology
The University of Sydney

United Kingdom

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