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Martin Geiger

Migration Governance, Development and Innovation, Europe, Africa and Central Asia

Degrees:Dipl.-Geograph (Bonn) PhD (Bonn)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 3232 (emails preferred)
Office:3314 RB

Associate Professor

Dr. Martin Geiger (PhD, University of Bonn/Germany) is Associate Professor of ‘Politics of Human Migration and Mobility’ at Carleton University.  His work focuses on European and global migration governance, the role of inter-state and private actors in migration management, and interrelated aspects of political regulation, development (innovation and growth) and population change.

Dr. Geiger is cross-appointed between the Department of Political Science, the Institute of European, Russian and Eurasian Studies, and the Institute of African Studies. He is also an active member of Carleton’s ‘Migration & Diaspora Studies’ (MDS) initiative, the Centre for Europe Studies (CES), and other initiatives and networks at Carleton. Before joining Carleton, Dr. Geiger held other academic appointments at centres and universities in Europe and Canada. He is an honorary member and former senior researcher of the renowned European migration research centre IMIS (University of Osnabrück, Germany); furthermore, he regularly guest-lectures courses at other universities, e.g., the Warsaw School of Economics (SGH). Dr. Geiger is the founding editor of the peer-reviewed ‘Mobility & Politics’ series with Palgrave Macmillan (co-editors: Parvati Raghuram and Nicola Piper).

Dr. Geiger has received various research and teaching awards, including a prestigious German PhD fellowship (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes), a Government of Canada Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship, the Ontario Early Researcher Award (ERA) and a Capital Educators’ Award. Furthermore, he was the recipient of various Canadian and international research grants, including an Ontario ERA project and a SSHRC Partnership Development Grant on the topic of talent mobility (, and a SSHRC Insight Development Grant on the role of international organizations in migration management.

Selected Publications

Geiger M & Koch M (2018) “World Organizations in Migration Politics: The International Organization for Migration”. Journal of International Organizations Studies (JIOS) 9(1): 23-42.

Zhang Y & Geiger M 2020 “Building and Supporting Migration Management in China”. In: Geiger M & Pécoud A (eds.) The International Organisation for Migration. The New ‘UN Migration Agency’ in Critical Perspective. Basingstoke et al: Palgrave Macmillan, International Political Economy (IPE) Series (ed. Timothy Shaw): 145-171.

Geiger M 2018 “Managing Eurasia’s borders: The European Union and International Organizations in Russia’s ‘Near abroad’’. In: Dutkiewicz P et al (eds) Eurasia on the Edge: Managing Complexity. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield: 213-228.

Geiger, Martin (2018) ‘Ideal Partnership or Marriage of Convenience? Canada’s Ambivalent Relationship with the International Organization for Migration’, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies (JEMS) 44(10): 1639-1655

Geiger, Martin (2016) ‘Policy Outsourcing and Remote Management. The Present and Future of Border and Migration Politics”. In: Zaiotti, Ruben (ed) Externalizing Migration Management: Europe, North America and the Spread of ‘Remote Control’ Practices. London et al: Routledge: 261-279

Geiger, M. and A. Pécoud (2014) ‘International Organisations and the Politics of Migration’, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies (JEMS) 40(6): 865-887.

Geiger, M. and Pécoud, A. (2010/paperback 2012) The Politics of International Migration Management, Basingstoke et al.: Palgrave Macmillan.