Prof. Dr. Ronald Skeldon

Professorial Fellow

Research group(s):
6. Migration and Development

Prof. Ronald Skeldon is a Professorial Fellow in the Department of Geography at the School of Global Studies at the University of Sussex.  Prof. Ronald Skeldon holds a Professorship in Human Geography at UNU-MERIT.  In addition to this Prof. Ronald Skeldon works as a consultant to international organizations, including the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the United Nations Population Division (UNDP), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the International Labour Organization (ILO), the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) in New York.

Prof. Ronald Skeldon completed his BSc (Hons) in Geography at the University of Glasgow. After taking his MA in Geography at the University of Toronto he completed his PhD in 1974 with a dissertation on Migration in a Peasant Society: the Example of Cuzco, Peru.  

Prof. Ronald Skeldon expertise is largely in the following research areas:population and development; migration and development; linkages between internal and international migration, skilled migration, circular migration, populations of East and Southeast Asia and the Andean region of South America. His latest research and publications focused on circular migration, the impact of the financial crisis and migration and climate change.

Selected publications by Ronald Skeldon

Articles (journal, professional, popular)
Skeldon, Ronald, 2021, Moving towards the centre or the exit? Migration in population studies and in Population Studies 1996–2021, Population Studies, 75(sup1): 27-45, DOI: 10.1080/00324728.2021.1942178, More information
Skeldon, Ronald, 2018, High-skilled migration and the limits of migration policies, High-Skilled Migration: Drivers and Policies: 48-64, DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198815273.003.0003, More information
Skeldon, Ronald, 2015, What’s in a title? The fifth edition of The Age of Migration, Ethnic and Racial Studies, 38: 2356-2361, DOI: 10.1080/01419870.2015.1034742, More information
Skeldon, Ronald, 2013, Migration and Asia: Reflections on Continuities and Change, Asia-Pacific Population Journal, 27(1): 103-118

Book chapters
Skeldon, Ronald, 2021, Migration in political demography: a review of evidence, in: A. Goerres and P. Vanhuysse (eds), Global Political Demography: The Politics of Population Change, Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-73065-9_2
Skeldon, Ronald, 2020, Skilled migration, in: T. Bastia and R. Skeldon (eds), Routledge Handbook of Migration and Development, Routledge, London, More information
Bastia, Tanja & Ronald Skeldon, 2020, Introduction, in: T. Bastia and R. Skeldon (eds), Routledge Handbook of Migration and Development, Routledge, London, More information
Skeldon, Ronald & Tanja Bastia, 2019, Migration and Development, in: A. Kobayashi (ed), International Encyclopedia of Human Geography, 2nd Edition, Elsevier, Amsterdam, 9, DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-08-102295-5.10288-4, More information
Skeldon, Ronald, 2015, International migration: the future challenges for Europe , in: Matthijs, K., K. Neels, C. Timmerman, J. Haers and S. Mels, (eds.), Population Change in Europe, the Middle-East and North Africa: Beyond the Demographic Divide, Ashgate, Farnham
Skeldon, Ronald, 2015, Migration and development , in: J. D. Wright et al (eds.), International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioural Sciences (second edition) Vol. 15, Elsevier, Oxford
Skeldon, Ronald, 2015, Temporary, seasonal, circular migration: a critical appraisal , in: Anna Triandafyllidou (ed.), Routledge Handbook of Immigration and Refugee Studies, Routledge, London
Skeldon, Ronald, 2013, Asia, development and migration , in: Ness, I., et al (eds.), The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration, vol. 2, Wiley, New York
Skeldon, Ronald & A. Green, 2013, Shifting categories of belonging in the United Kingdom census: changing definitions of migration, labour-market access and experience, in: L. Pries (ed.), Shifting Boundaries of Belonging and New Migration Dynamics in Europe and China, PalgraveMacmillan, London

Books (monograph or edited volume)
Skeldon, Ronald, 2021, Advanced Introduction to Migration Studies, Edward Elgar, UK, 176 pp pp, More information
Bastia, Tanja & Ronald Skeldon (eds.), 2020, Routledge Handbook of Migration and Development, Routledge, London, 595 pp pp, More information

UNU-MERIT Working Papers
Skeldon, Ronald, 2013, Bringing migration into the post-2015 agenda: Notes, reflections and policy directions, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2013-065

Research reports
Skeldon, Ronald, Marie McAuliffe, L. Feline Freier & J. Blower, 2021, The great disrupter: COVID-19’s impact on migration, mobility and migrants globally, in World Migration Report 2022, Geneva, International Organization for Migration, 2021, More information

Skeldon, Ronald, 2021, Changing demographics in the countries of the Prague Process: implications for migration, Vienna, ICMPD, Policy Brief 34, September 2021, at: Repository - Prague Process, More information

Other (editorship, media appearance, keynote, etc.)
Skeldon, Ronald, 2021, Circular Migration, Dossier: Can We Govern Migration Better?, Utrecht, Nederlandse Vereniging voor de Verenigde Naties (NVVN), 17 December 2021, at: Circular Migration - NVVN, More information