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, 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, 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


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


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