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Darshan Vigneswaran

Co-Director of Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies, University of Amsterdam

  • Senior Researcher

Darshan Vigneswaran is the Co-Director of the Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies and Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science, University of Amsterdam. He edits the journal European Journal of International Relations and is also a Senior Researcher at the African Centre for Migration and Society, WITS University. From 2010-12 he was a Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Religious and Ethnic Diversity where he co-coordinated an international working group on Public Space and Diversity. In 2008, he was a British Academy Fellow at the International Migration Institute, University of Oxford. 

His research lies at the intersection of International Relations and Political Geography. He aims to understand and explain deep changes in the structure of international politics and his work is primarily interested in how territory has been reconfigured in response to changing patterns of human mobility and settlement. He is currently part of two major collaborations funded by the Swedish Research Council on the Protection of Migrants from Violence in South-East Asia and the Externalization of European Migration Policy in Africa. Since completing his doctoral studies at Monash University, Australia in 2006, he has authored Territory, Migration and the Evolution of the International System (2013), co-edited  Mobility Makes States: Migration and Power in Africa (2015) and  Slavery, Migration and Contemporary Bondage in Africa (2013), and published peer-reviewed articles in journals including Political Geography, Environment & Planning D: Society & Space, Review of International Studies and International Migration Review. Darshan has also provided expert consultation for INTERPOL, the EU and the South African Police Service and comment for Reuters, the BBC, and the New York Times. His profile and publications can be found at google scholar.