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Piper, Prof. Dr. Nicola

n.piper [at]
Areas of research:
Political Sociology; International Labour Migration & Skills Mobility; Political Mobilization & Social Movements; Transnational Advocacy Networks; Multi-level & networked Governance; Migrant Rights; Gender and Migration; Social and Political Development
Regional focus:
Primarily Asia, also Latin America and Africa
Professional experience:
British Academy Global Professor Fellow, Queen Mary University of London
EU Marie Curie Senior Fellowship, FRIAS, University of Freiburg
since 2013
Professor of International Migration, Department of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Sydney, founding director of Sydney Asia Pacific Migration Centre (2016)
Senior Researcher, Arnold Bergstraesser-Institute, Freiburg
Senior Lecturer, Department of Geography, and Associate Director, Centre for Migration Policy Research, Swansea University/UK
Senior Research Fellow, Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
Senior Research Fellow, Research School of Social Sciences, The Australian National University, Canberra/Australia
Ph.D. Department of Sociological Studies, Sheffield University/UK
M.A. Japanese Studies, School of East Asian Studies, Sheffield University/UK

recent publications

Piper, N. and Rother, S. (2019) ‘Political Remittances and the Diffusion of a Migrant Rights Agenda in transnational activist networks: the case of the Migrant Forum in Asia (MFA)’, in: Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies (JEMS) (preview online)

Piper, N. and Withers, M. (2018) ‘Forced Transnationalism and Labour Migration: a New Paradigm for Understanding Migrant Rights’, in: Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power (special issue guest edited by P. Dannecker) (preview online)

Withers, M. and Piper, N. (2018) ‘Uneven Development and Displaced Care in Sri Lanka’, in: Current Sociology  (preview online)

Hennebry, J., Hari KC and Piper, N.  (2018) ‘Not without them: realising the sustainable development goals for women migrant workers’, in: Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies (JEMS) (preview online)

Lee, S.  and Piper, N.  (2017) ‘Migrant Domestic Workers as “Agents of Development” in Asia: Collective Organising at the Intersection of Temporality and Transnationality’, in: European Journal of East Asian Studies 16(2): 220-247

Piper, N., Rosewarne, S. and Withers, M. (2017) ‘Migrant Precarity: ‘Networks of Labour’ for a rights-based governance of migration’, in: Development and Change 48(5): 1089-1110

Piper, N. and Lee, S. (2016) ‘Marriage Migration at the Intersection of Crisis and Development: Migrant Precarity and Social Reproduction’, in: Critical Asian Studies 48(4): 473-493

Piper, N.  (2015) ‘Democratising Migration from the Bottom Up: the rise of the global migrant rights movement’, in: Globalizations 12(5): 788-802

Curriculum Vitae