Professor Nicola Piper

Director, Asia Pacific Masters of Human Rights and Democratisation

A22 - Old Teachers' College
The University of Sydney

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Research interests

Nicola Piper's research interests lie in the influence of civil society actors on the governance of migration ('governance from below') at multiple institutional levels (global, regional, local), with specific focus on the promotion and advancement of migrants' rights. She has been working on developing a concept of 'migrant rights' beyond dominant legalistic approaches as well as classical citizenship conceptions.

The current phase of her research agenda revolves around issues of organisational evolution which matters to rights delivery, enforcement and monitoring as well as changes in organisational membership, perceptions of solidarity and political organising as the result of a transnationalising, globalized world of work.

Nicola's focus is in the Asia-pacific region but she has also conducted fieldwork in Latin America and Europe.

Teaching and supervision

HRTD6903 - Dynamics of Human Rights Violations

Selected grants

2014

  • Global campus of regional master's programmes in human rights and democratisation (EIUC); Piper N, Gunatilleke G, Aryal K, Hanif H, Hayes M; European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC)/Research Support.

2013

  • Women and Work Research Network; Baird M, Chen M, Cooper R, Cutcher L, Foley M, Ford M, Hardy C, Hill E, McGrath-Champ S, Piper N, Probyn E, Riley J, Seymour R, Smith B, Vromen A, Williamson S; DVC Research/Research Network Scheme (SyReNS).

2012

  • Law and Society; Beem B, Crofts T, Hendrischke H, Howard-Wagner D, Humphrey M, Lambourne W, Lee M, Macdonald G, Martin G, O'Brien K, O'Malley P, Park S, Piper N, Scott Bray R, Van Krieken R, Winter B; Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences/FASS Collaborative Research Scheme.

2011

  • Policy Report and Regional mapping of Central Asia and Central-eastern and Southeast Europe; Piper N; Building and Woodworker International/Research Grant.
  • Strengthening national capacities to deal with international migration: Maximising development benefits and minimising negative impact; Piper N; United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP)/Project Support.

2010

  • Policy Report and Research Mapping of Labour Migration in BWI Sectors in the Caribbean and Latin America; Piper N; Building and Woodworker International/Research Grant.

2008

  • Understanding the Migrant Experience: ESRC Funded Seminar Series; Piper N; Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC)/Research Seminar Grant.

2007

  • Advancing the Rights of Female Migrants In Latin America and the Caribbean; Piper N, Basok T.
  • Advancing the Rights of Female Migrants in Latin America and the Caribbean; Piper N, Basok T; International Development Research Centre (Canada)/Grant.

Selected publications

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Books

  • Grugel, J., Piper, N. (2007). Critical Perspectives on Global Governance: Rights and Regulation in Governing Regimes. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.

Edited Books

  • Hujo, K., Piper, N. (2010). South-South Migration: Implications for Social Policy and Development. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Piper, N. (2008). New Perspectives on Gender and Migration - Livelihood, Rights and Entitlements. London: Routledge.

Book Chapters

  • Basok, T., Piper, N., Simmons, V. (2013). Disciplining Female Migration in Argentina: Human Rights in the Time of Migration Management. In Martin Geiger, Antoine Pecoud (Eds.), Disciplining the Transnational Mobility of People, (pp. 162-184). Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Piper, N., Basok, T. (2013). Justice for Migrants: Mobilizing a Rights-Based Understanding of Migration. In S. Ilcan (Eds.), Mobilities, Knowledge and Social Justice, (pp. 255-276). Montreal, Quebec: McGill-Queen’s University Press.
  • Piper, N. (2013). Organizations and Conventions, Rights of Migrants. In Immanuel Ness, Peter Bellwood (Eds.), The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration. Chichester, United Kingdom: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.
  • Piper, N., Oberoi, P., Alefsen, H. (2013). Protection of the Rights of Migrants in South and South-West Asia: key issues. In United Nations (Eds.), Situation Report of International Migration in South and South-West Asia. Bangkok: United Nations Publications.
  • Piper, N. (2013). Resisting Inequality: the rise of global migrant rights activism. In T. Bastia (Eds.), Migration and Inequality, (pp. 45-64). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.
  • Piper, N. (2011). Towards a Gendered Political Economy of Migration: The ‘Feminizations’ of Migration, Work and Poverty. In Nicola Phillips (Eds.), Migration in the Global Political Economy, (pp. 31-82). Boulder, USA: Lynne Rienner Publishers.
  • Piper, N., Rother, S. (2011). Transnational Inequalities, Transnational Responses: The Politicisation of Migrant Rights in Asia. In B. Rehbein (Eds.), Globalization and Inequality in Emerging Societies, (pp. 235-255). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Piper, N., Raghuram, P. (2011). Women and Global Economic Migration in Asia – eroding borders, new fixities. In D. Wastl-Walter (Eds.), Ashgate Research Companion to Border Studies, (pp. 529-548). Farnham: Ashgate Publishing.
  • Piper, N., Hujo, K. (2010). Linking Migration, Social Development and Policy in the South – an Introduction. In Hujo, K. and Piper, N. (Eds.), South-South Migration: Implications for Social Policy and Development, (pp. 1-45). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Piper, N., Hujo, K. (2010). Migration and Social Development: Organizational and Political Dimensions. In Hujo, K. and Piper, N. (Eds.), South-South Migration: Implications for Social Policy and Development, (pp. 120-157). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Piper, N., Hujo, K. (2010). Towards Inclusive Migration and Social Policy Regimes – Conclusion. In Hujo, K. and Piper, N. (Eds.), South-South Migration: Implications for Social Policy and Development, (pp. 220-229). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Piper, N. (2009). 'Concluding remarks, gender and migration - public and social policy interventions'. In D. Ionesco and C. Aghazarm (Eds.), Gender and Labour Migration in Asia, (pp. 293-297). Geneva: International Organization for Migration (IOM).
  • Piper, N. (2009). 'Feminisation of Migration and the Social Dimensions of Development: the Asian case’. In R. Munck (Eds.), Globlisation and Migration – New Issues. London: Routledge.
  • Piper, N., Zoomers, A., Rivera-Salgado, G., Asis, M., Raghuram, P., ASwumbila, M., Manuh, T., Schapendonk, J. (2009). Migration in a globalizing world: Knowledge, migration and development. In H. Molenaar, L. Box, and R. Engelhard (Eds.), Knowledge on the Move: Emerging Agendas for Development-oriented Research, (pp. 89-121). Leiden: International Development Publications.
  • Piper, N. (2009). Obstacles to, and opportunities for, ratification of the ICRMW in Asia. In P. de Guchteneire, A. Pecoud and R. Cholewinski (Eds.), Migration and Human Rights – The United Nations Convention on Migrant Workers’ Rights, (pp. 171-192). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Piper, N. (2009). Overview of gender and labour migration in Asia. In D. Ionesco and C. Aghazarm (Eds.), Gender and Labour Migration in Asia, (pp. 22-42). Geneva: International Organization for Migration (IOM).
  • Piper, N., Yamanaka, K. (2008). 'Feminised Migration in East and Southeast Asia and the Securing of Livelihoods'. In N. Piper (Eds.), New Perspectives on Gender and Migration - Livelihood, Rights and Entitlements, (pp. 161-190). London: Routledge.
  • Piper, N. (2008). 'Governance of Economic Migration and Transnationalization of Rights'. In C. Gabriel and H. Pellerin (Eds.), Governing International Labour Migration: Current Issues, Challenges and Dilemmas, (pp. 182-197). London: Routledge.
  • Piper, N. (2008). 'International Migration and Gendered Axes of Stratification– Introduction'. In N. Piper (Eds.), New Perspectives on Gender and Migration - Livelihood, Rights and Entitlements, (pp. 1-18). London: Routledge.
  • Piper, N. (2008). 'Political Participation and Empowerment of Foreign Workers - Gendered Advocacy and Migrant Labour Organising in Southeast and East Asia'. In N. Piper (Eds.), New Perspectives on Gender and Migration - Livelihood, Rights and Entitlements, (pp. 249-275). London: Routledge.
  • Ford, M., Piper, N. (2007). Southern Sites of Female Agency: Informal Regimes and Female Migrant Labour Resistance in East and Southeast Asia. In Hobson, John M. and Seabrooke, Leonard (Eds.), Everyday Politics of the World Economy, (pp. 63-79). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Journals

  • Piper, N., Rother, S. (2012). Let's Argue about Migration: advancing a right(s) discourse via communicative opportunities. Third World Quarterly, 33(9), 1735-1750. [More Information]
  • Basok, T., Piper, N. (2012). Regulation versus Rights: Migration of Women and Global Governance Organizations in Latin American and the Caribbean. Feminist Economics, 18(2), 1-26.
  • Piper, N., French, A. (2011). Do Women Benefit from Migration? An Editorial Introduction. Diversities, 13(1), 1-3.
  • Grugel, J., Piper, N. (2011). Global governance, economic migration and the difficulties of social activism. International Sociology, 26(4), 435-454. [More Information]
  • Mora, C., Piper, N. (2011). Notions of Rights and Entitlements Among Peruvian Female Workers in Chile. Diversities, 13(1), 5-18.
  • Piper, N. (2010). All Quiet on the Eastern Front?—Temporary contract migration in Asia revisited from a development perspective. Policy and Society, 29, 399-411.
  • Asis, M., Piper, N., Raghuram, P. (2010). International Migration and Development in Asia: Exploring Knowledge Frameworks. International Migration, 48(3), 76-106. [More Information]
  • Piper, N. (2010). Temporary economic migration and rights activism: an organizational perspective. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 33(1), 108-125. [More Information]
  • Grugel, J., Piper, N. (2009). Do Rights Promote Development? Global Social Policy: an interdisciplinary journal of public policy and social development, 9(1), 79-98. [More Information]
  • Teo, Y., Piper, N. (2009). Foreigners in Our Homes: Linking Migration and Family Policies in Singapore. Population, Space and Place, 15(2), 147-159.
  • Piper, N. (2009). Guest Editorial The Complex Interconnections of the Migration–Development Nexus: a Social Perspective. Population, Space and Place, 15(2), 93-102.
  • Piper, N. (2009). ‘Temporary migration and political remittances: the role of advocacy networks in the transnationalisation of human rights’. European Journal of East Asian Studies, 8(2), 215-243.
  • Piper, N. (2008). Feminisation of Migration and the Social Dimensions of Development:the Asian case. Third World Quarterly, 29(7), 1287-1303. [More Information]
  • Asis, M., Piper, N. (2008). ‘Researching International Labor Migration in Asia’. Sociological Quarterly, 49(3), 423-444.
  • Piper, N. (2008). ‘The ‘Migration-Development Nexus’ Revisited from a Rights Perspective’. Journal of Human Rights, 7, 282-298. [More Information]

Edited Journals

  • Bastia, T., Piper, N., Prieto Carron, M. (2013). Geographies of Migration, Geographies of Justice? Migration, intersectionality and human rights. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 43(7).
  • Piper, N., Amber, F. (2011). ‘Female Migration Outcomes - Human Rights Perspectives’. International Journal on Multicultural Societies, 13(1).
  • Piper, N. (2009). 'Rethinking the Migration-Development Nexus –Bringing marginalized visions and actors to the fore’. Population, Space and Place, 15(2).
  • Piper, N., Ford, M. (2006). Migrant Labor NGOs and Trade Unions: A Partnership in Progress? Asian and Pacific Migration Journal: A Quarterly on Human Mobility, 15(3).

Other

  • Piper, N. (2009), "Migration and Social Development: Organizational and Political Dimensions", Social Policy and Development Programme Paper No. 39, Geneva: UNRISD.
  • Piper, N. (2009), "The Gendered Political Economy of Migration", IMDS Working Paper Series, Working Paper no. 17, November 2009, New Delhi: International Migration and Diaspora Studies Project/Jawaharlal Nehru University.

2013

  • Basok, T., Piper, N., Simmons, V. (2013). Disciplining Female Migration in Argentina: Human Rights in the Time of Migration Management. In Martin Geiger, Antoine Pecoud (Eds.), Disciplining the Transnational Mobility of People, (pp. 162-184). Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Bastia, T., Piper, N., Prieto Carron, M. (2013). Geographies of Migration, Geographies of Justice? Migration, intersectionality and human rights. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 43(7).
  • Piper, N., Basok, T. (2013). Justice for Migrants: Mobilizing a Rights-Based Understanding of Migration. In S. Ilcan (Eds.), Mobilities, Knowledge and Social Justice, (pp. 255-276). Montreal, Quebec: McGill-Queen’s University Press.
  • Piper, N. (2013). Organizations and Conventions, Rights of Migrants. In Immanuel Ness, Peter Bellwood (Eds.), The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration. Chichester, United Kingdom: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.
  • Piper, N., Oberoi, P., Alefsen, H. (2013). Protection of the Rights of Migrants in South and South-West Asia: key issues. In United Nations (Eds.), Situation Report of International Migration in South and South-West Asia. Bangkok: United Nations Publications.
  • Piper, N. (2013). Resisting Inequality: the rise of global migrant rights activism. In T. Bastia (Eds.), Migration and Inequality, (pp. 45-64). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

2012

  • Piper, N., Rother, S. (2012). Let's Argue about Migration: advancing a right(s) discourse via communicative opportunities. Third World Quarterly, 33(9), 1735-1750. [More Information]
  • Basok, T., Piper, N. (2012). Regulation versus Rights: Migration of Women and Global Governance Organizations in Latin American and the Caribbean. Feminist Economics, 18(2), 1-26.

2011

  • Piper, N., French, A. (2011). Do Women Benefit from Migration? An Editorial Introduction. Diversities, 13(1), 1-3.
  • Grugel, J., Piper, N. (2011). Global governance, economic migration and the difficulties of social activism. International Sociology, 26(4), 435-454. [More Information]
  • Mora, C., Piper, N. (2011). Notions of Rights and Entitlements Among Peruvian Female Workers in Chile. Diversities, 13(1), 5-18.
  • Piper, N. (2011). Towards a Gendered Political Economy of Migration: The ‘Feminizations’ of Migration, Work and Poverty. In Nicola Phillips (Eds.), Migration in the Global Political Economy, (pp. 31-82). Boulder, USA: Lynne Rienner Publishers.
  • Piper, N., Rother, S. (2011). Transnational Inequalities, Transnational Responses: The Politicisation of Migrant Rights in Asia. In B. Rehbein (Eds.), Globalization and Inequality in Emerging Societies, (pp. 235-255). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Piper, N., Raghuram, P. (2011). Women and Global Economic Migration in Asia – eroding borders, new fixities. In D. Wastl-Walter (Eds.), Ashgate Research Companion to Border Studies, (pp. 529-548). Farnham: Ashgate Publishing.
  • Piper, N., Amber, F. (2011). ‘Female Migration Outcomes - Human Rights Perspectives’. International Journal on Multicultural Societies, 13(1).

2010

  • Piper, N. (2010). All Quiet on the Eastern Front?—Temporary contract migration in Asia revisited from a development perspective. Policy and Society, 29, 399-411.
  • Asis, M., Piper, N., Raghuram, P. (2010). International Migration and Development in Asia: Exploring Knowledge Frameworks. International Migration, 48(3), 76-106. [More Information]
  • Piper, N., Hujo, K. (2010). Linking Migration, Social Development and Policy in the South – an Introduction. In Hujo, K. and Piper, N. (Eds.), South-South Migration: Implications for Social Policy and Development, (pp. 1-45). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Piper, N., Hujo, K. (2010). Migration and Social Development: Organizational and Political Dimensions. In Hujo, K. and Piper, N. (Eds.), South-South Migration: Implications for Social Policy and Development, (pp. 120-157). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Hujo, K., Piper, N. (2010). South-South Migration: Implications for Social Policy and Development. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Piper, N. (2010). Temporary economic migration and rights activism: an organizational perspective. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 33(1), 108-125. [More Information]
  • Piper, N., Hujo, K. (2010). Towards Inclusive Migration and Social Policy Regimes – Conclusion. In Hujo, K. and Piper, N. (Eds.), South-South Migration: Implications for Social Policy and Development, (pp. 220-229). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

2009

  • Piper, N. (2009), "Migration and Social Development: Organizational and Political Dimensions", Social Policy and Development Programme Paper No. 39, Geneva: UNRISD.
  • Piper, N. (2009), "The Gendered Political Economy of Migration", IMDS Working Paper Series, Working Paper no. 17, November 2009, New Delhi: International Migration and Diaspora Studies Project/Jawaharlal Nehru University.
  • Piper, N. (2009). 'Concluding remarks, gender and migration - public and social policy interventions'. In D. Ionesco and C. Aghazarm (Eds.), Gender and Labour Migration in Asia, (pp. 293-297). Geneva: International Organization for Migration (IOM).
  • Piper, N. (2009). 'Feminisation of Migration and the Social Dimensions of Development: the Asian case’. In R. Munck (Eds.), Globlisation and Migration – New Issues. London: Routledge.
  • Piper, N. (2009). 'Rethinking the Migration-Development Nexus –Bringing marginalized visions and actors to the fore’. Population, Space and Place, 15(2).
  • Grugel, J., Piper, N. (2009). Do Rights Promote Development? Global Social Policy: an interdisciplinary journal of public policy and social development, 9(1), 79-98. [More Information]
  • Teo, Y., Piper, N. (2009). Foreigners in Our Homes: Linking Migration and Family Policies in Singapore. Population, Space and Place, 15(2), 147-159.
  • Piper, N. (2009). Guest Editorial The Complex Interconnections of the Migration–Development Nexus: a Social Perspective. Population, Space and Place, 15(2), 93-102.
  • Piper, N., Zoomers, A., Rivera-Salgado, G., Asis, M., Raghuram, P., ASwumbila, M., Manuh, T., Schapendonk, J. (2009). Migration in a globalizing world: Knowledge, migration and development. In H. Molenaar, L. Box, and R. Engelhard (Eds.), Knowledge on the Move: Emerging Agendas for Development-oriented Research, (pp. 89-121). Leiden: International Development Publications.
  • Piper, N. (2009). Obstacles to, and opportunities for, ratification of the ICRMW in Asia. In P. de Guchteneire, A. Pecoud and R. Cholewinski (Eds.), Migration and Human Rights – The United Nations Convention on Migrant Workers’ Rights, (pp. 171-192). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Piper, N. (2009). Overview of gender and labour migration in Asia. In D. Ionesco and C. Aghazarm (Eds.), Gender and Labour Migration in Asia, (pp. 22-42). Geneva: International Organization for Migration (IOM).
  • Piper, N. (2009). ‘Temporary migration and political remittances: the role of advocacy networks in the transnationalisation of human rights’. European Journal of East Asian Studies, 8(2), 215-243.

2008

  • Piper, N., Yamanaka, K. (2008). 'Feminised Migration in East and Southeast Asia and the Securing of Livelihoods'. In N. Piper (Eds.), New Perspectives on Gender and Migration - Livelihood, Rights and Entitlements, (pp. 161-190). London: Routledge.
  • Piper, N. (2008). 'Governance of Economic Migration and Transnationalization of Rights'. In C. Gabriel and H. Pellerin (Eds.), Governing International Labour Migration: Current Issues, Challenges and Dilemmas, (pp. 182-197). London: Routledge.
  • Piper, N. (2008). 'International Migration and Gendered Axes of Stratification– Introduction'. In N. Piper (Eds.), New Perspectives on Gender and Migration - Livelihood, Rights and Entitlements, (pp. 1-18). London: Routledge.
  • Piper, N. (2008). 'Political Participation and Empowerment of Foreign Workers - Gendered Advocacy and Migrant Labour Organising in Southeast and East Asia'. In N. Piper (Eds.), New Perspectives on Gender and Migration - Livelihood, Rights and Entitlements, (pp. 249-275). London: Routledge.
  • Piper, N. (2008). Feminisation of Migration and the Social Dimensions of Development:the Asian case. Third World Quarterly, 29(7), 1287-1303. [More Information]
  • Piper, N. (2008). New Perspectives on Gender and Migration - Livelihood, Rights and Entitlements. London: Routledge.
  • Asis, M., Piper, N. (2008). ‘Researching International Labor Migration in Asia’. Sociological Quarterly, 49(3), 423-444.
  • Piper, N. (2008). ‘The ‘Migration-Development Nexus’ Revisited from a Rights Perspective’. Journal of Human Rights, 7, 282-298. [More Information]

2007

  • Grugel, J., Piper, N. (2007). Critical Perspectives on Global Governance: Rights and Regulation in Governing Regimes. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.
  • Ford, M., Piper, N. (2007). Southern Sites of Female Agency: Informal Regimes and Female Migrant Labour Resistance in East and Southeast Asia. In Hobson, John M. and Seabrooke, Leonard (Eds.), Everyday Politics of the World Economy, (pp. 63-79). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

2006

  • Piper, N., Ford, M. (2006). Migrant Labor NGOs and Trade Unions: A Partnership in Progress? Asian and Pacific Migration Journal: A Quarterly on Human Mobility, 15(3).

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