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Watch this presentation from the Determinants of International Migration – DEMIG Conference, 23–25 September 2014.

Ronald Skeldon presents his paper ‘Reflections on migration/development regions in the context of a transition to high mobility' as the Day 2 Keynote for the Determinants of International Migration – DEMIG Conference, held at the University of Oxford from 23–25 September 2014.

About the speaker

Ronald Skeldon is a Professorial Fellow in the Department of Geography in the School of Global Studies at the University of Sussex. He is also Professor of Human Geography at Maastricht University in the Netherlands. After taking a BSc (Hons) in Geography at the University of Glasgow in 1967, he completed an MA and a PhD at the University of Toronto, with a dissertation on Migration in a Peasant Society: the Example of Cuzco, Peru. He became a Research Fellow at the New Guinea Research Unit of the Australian National University, later the Papua New Guinea Institute for Applied Social and Economic Research, in Port Moresby. He then joined the United Nations, initially as a census adviser in Papua New Guinea and later as a population expert based in Bangkok. He worked at the University of Hong Kong as a Professor of Geography. After working as an independent consultant based in Bangkok, working mainly for United Nations organisations, he joined the University of Sussex in October 2000. He spent time seconded to the Department for International Development (DfID) as a Senior Research Fellow. He has continued to work as a consultant to international organisations, including the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the International Labour Organization (ILO), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the United Nations Population Division. In 2013, he worked for the Bauhinia Foundation Research Centre in Hong Kong and, in 2014, is a Research Director in the Social Science Research Council of New York, Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship Programme.