New Area for PhD Programme
Professor John Oucho
The recent appointment of Professor John O. Oucho as holder of Marie Curie Chair in CRER has given a significant boost to the Centre and the University of Warwick in the study of international migration. He is determined to spearhead research, training and networking on an African international migration in the context of Euro-African relations thereby innovating on the current practice of doing so mainly from either perspective. He is a world-renowned scholar of both voluntary and forced forms of internal and international migration, experienced on various African countries having worked in universities in his native home of Kenya for over two decades, Ghana for three years and Botswana for eight years, and as United Nations expert in South Africa for one year. He has written extensively on migration in Eastern and Southern Africa, was for four years in the network of the Southern African Migration Project and is aspiring to improve work in the Greater Horn of Africa. His widely read university texts based in extensive research include Urban Migrants and Rural development in Kenya (1996) and Undercurrents of Ethnic Conflict in Kenya (2002) as well as journal articles and numerous conference papers.
- Specialist mentoring
John Oucho has a special responsibility to advise and mentor PhD students in the School and CRER throughout the duration of their PhD.
- New research and PhD area
In the next three years, Professor Oucho will mentor researchers and tutor new PhD students in the following research themes.
Year 1: Participation of Africa's Brain Drain, Migrant Associations, Migrant-Stayer Networks and Diaspora in Africa's Development.
Year 2: Changing Gender Relations and Roles among Africa's Brain Drain and Diaspora.
Year 3: NEPAD-United Kingdom and French Partnerships in Managing Africa's Brain Gain and Diaspora for Euro-African Interdependent Development.
The basic premise of this new PhD area is to provide training to European and African researchers, personnel in public and private sectors as well as NGOs and civil society activists working on emigration, immigration and Diasporas. Through research, will be addressed substantive issues in the migration-development nexus; open a window for interpreting implications of Africa's brain drain and diaspora for development in individual African countries and in mutually agreed upon relations between African and European countries; and equip students for the writing of theses or research reports.
This will enable students to understand and appreciate development perspectives of contemporary African immigration to Europe and its implications for as well as prospects of changing African-European relations. Students will either undertake original research or analyse secondary data to prepare their theses on topics approved by selected multi-disciplinary teams of researchers, and will be required to make presentations in seminars/ conferences, ultimately leading to their choices of research topics on which to prepare theses. All student research will address issues pertaining to the three sub-themes that have already been explained. To strengthen their research capability, PhD students will attend a research methodology course offered by lecturers in CRER, School of Health and Social Studies and other departments of the University of Warwick.
- Summer School
CRER will be running a Summer School on International Migration and Development from 2008. This programme will be facilitated by the staff or CRER, as well as from the wider University of Warwick, the European CRER network and other CRER networks to be initiated. Participants of the Summer School will be European and African PhD students, young researchers and practitioners with an ambition to cut out careers in research; the course will enable them to forge links among themselves for future activities and will permit exchanges, cross-fertilisation between research and practice, thereby informing policy and helping to develop appropriate programmes.