Nicola Piper, a political sociologist, is Professor of International Migration. She is the Founding Director of the Sydney Asia Pacific Migration Centre at the University of Sydney, Australia. The British Academy awarded her a Global Professor Fellowship hosted by Queen Mary University of London where she has been since January 2019 conducting research on global governance of labour migration and the role of the International Labour Organisation in the promotion of decent work for migrant workers. This project is a sequence to her research on advocacy politics in relation to a rights-based and gender-sensitive approach to global and regional migration governance, with particular relevance to Asia.
She has published widely on development, gender, transnationalism and rights-based governance in the context of intra-regional migration in East, Southeast, South and West Asia. She is co-chief editor of the Journal Global Social Policy and editor of two book series with Routledge (“Asian Migration” with A/Profs Chan and Lee; “Labour and Skills Mobility in Asia” with Prof Eric Fong, Chinese University of Hong Kong) and Advisory Board member of the Arnold Bergstraesser Institute at Freiburg University, Germany.