IMISCOE Web Directory - Antony Ong'ayo
Ong’ayo is a political scientist by training. He is currently a Postdoctoral Researcher at the International Institute of Social Studies of
Erasmus University in The Hague. He has been undertaking research in the fields of Migration and Development, Diaspora engagement and participation, Conflicts and displacement in Africa and Globalization, Accessibility, Innovation and Care (GAIC) (at Tilburg University, School of Humanities). His PhD Thesis examined the contribution of transnational practices of diaspora organizations to development in the countries of destination and origin (‘here and there’) with a focus on Ghanaian diaspora organizations in the Netherlands (at the local and national government levels). Prior to these undertakings, on EU funded research project (DIASPEACE) focused on Diasporas and Peace building in the Horn of Africa countries of Ethiopia, Eritrea and Somalia. He also undertook a study on institutional building cooperation between African Diaspora organisations and Governments in their countries of origin. The study covered five countries (UK, Ghana, Nigeria, Germany and USA. At ISS he is involved in the Diaspora politics research project - one of the research themes at ISS linked to undertakings within other research groups namely: Vital cities and citizenship; Civic Innovation Research Initiative (CIRI), Governance, Law and Social Justice. His main research interests are in the areas of politics of development, migrant and development. Diaspora collective organizing and transnational practices, civic driven change and political remittances, conflict, displacement and governance of migration.