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The Centre for Global Migrations Research Theme was established in March 2017 to co-ordinate interdisciplinary research, teaching, and activities relating to historical and contemporary global migration.

The Director is Professor Angela McCarthy and Associate Directors are Professor Henry Johnson and Associate Professor Jacqui Leckie.


Global Migrations seeks to:

  • Advance and communicate knowledge and understanding of the causes, consequences, and legacies of migration
  • Facilitate national and international interdisciplinary research collaborations to develop new methodologies and frameworks for migration and inform public debate and policy development
  • Develop a vibrant research community encompassing the academy, policy makers, heritage professionals, and the general public

Current themes

Our current major collaborative research themes are:

  • Educational mobility
  • Migration, health, and wellbeing
  • Narratives and representations of migration
  • Refugee resettlement

Our expertise

We also have expertise in:

  • Asian migrations
  • Austronesia migrations
  • British and Irish migrations
  • Citizenship, nationality
  • Climate change, the environment, and migration
  • Diaspora tourism
  • Ethnic businesses, tax havens
  • Genetics and migration
  • Heritage and legacies of migration
  • Pacific migration
  • Polynesian migration
  • Prehistoric population mobility


Our members are from the following University of Otago departments:

  • Anatomy
  • Anthropology and Archaeology
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • Higher Education Development Centre
  • History
  • Māori, Pacific, and Indigenous Studies
  • Marketing
  • Music
  • National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies
  • Pharmacy
  • Public Health
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