The Advisory Board of CMRD

The CMRD is strengthened by an advisory board with individuals renowned locally and internationally for their distinguishing contributions to the arena of migration and development.


Prof. Cathrine Brun

Cathrine Brun is a Professor at Oxford Brookes University. She is the Director of the Centre for Development and Emergency Practice (CENDEP). Cathrine was previously at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) where she taught and researched in the areas of gender, humanitarianism, and displacement due to conflict and disaster. Her main geographical area of study is Sri Lanka where she has researched displacement and recovery. She is a member of the Citizens’ Commission on the Expulsion of Muslims from the Northern Province by the LTTE in 1990. Some recent publications include "Finding a place. Protracted displacement and local integration in Sri Lanka" (Social Scientists’ Association, Colombo, 2008), "Spatialising Politics. Culture and Geography in Postcolonial Sri Lanka" (2009) and "Working gender after crisis: partnerships and disconnections in Sri Lanka after the Indian Ocean tsunami" (2013).


Prof. Ramanie Jayatilaka

Prof. Jayatilaka is an Associate Professor in Sociology (Department of Sociology) and Former Head of the Department of Sociology at the University of Colombo. She is a Council Member of the National Institute of Social Development, a Board Member of the Centre for Women’s Research, (CENWOR) and Board Member of Sri Lanka Center for Development Facilitation (SLCDF). She has been working in the area of international labour migration since 1998. She was a member of the study group that wrote a report on "Migrant Care Workers" for the Ministry of Education and Scientific Affairs in Japan in 2006. She is a member of the Asia Pacific Migration Net Work. More recently she has been working on Human Trafficking. Prof. Jayatilaka has an M.Phil. from University of Sussex and Ph.D from Jawaharlal Nehru University.


Dr. Nicholas Van Hear

Dr. Nicholas Van Hear is Deputy Director of the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS). With a background in Anthropology (BA Cambridge), African Studies and Development Studies (PhD Birmingham), he works on forced migration, conflict, development, diaspora, transnationalism and related issues, and has field experience in Africa, the Middle East, South Asia and Europe. Before joining COMPAS in 2003, he held senior research posts at the Refugee Studies Centre in Oxford (1990-2000) and at the Danish Centre for Development Research (now the Danish Institute for International Studies, DIIS) in 2000-2003. His books include New Diasporas (UCL Press/Routledge, 1998), The Migration-Development Nexus (International Organisation for Migration, 2003), and Catching Fire: Containing Forced Migration in a Volatile World (Rowman and Littlefield, 2006). His main theoretical and conceptual contributions have been on force and choice in migration; migration and development; diaspora formation and engagement in conflict settings, including post war recovery; and migration and class. Writing on these subjects has been informed by empirical work in Africa, South Asia, West Asia, Europe (including the UK), and North America. He is currently developing research on the interplay between geopolitical shifts, mobility, immobility and political unrest. He has been a consultant for UNHCR, UNDP, EC, DfID, UK Home Office, UK National Audit Office, Danida, and other international agencies.