School of Global Studies

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Prof Ronald Skeldon

Post:Emeritus Professor (Geography)
Location:ARTS C C302

Telephone numbers
Internal:3437 or 7238
UK:01273 873437 or 01273 877238
International:+44 1273 873437 or +44 1273 877238

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Ronald Skeldon is a Professorial Fellow in the Department of Geography in the School of Global Studies on a 50 per cent basis. He is also Professor of Human Geography at the Graduate School of Governance, Maastricht University in the Netherlands. After taking a B.Sc. (Hons) in Geography at the University of Glasgow in 1967, he completed an M.A. and a Ph.D. at the University of Toronto, with a dissertation on Migration in a Peasant Society: the Example of Cuzco, Peru. He became a Research Fellow at the New Guinea Research Unit of the Australian National University, later the Papua New Guinea Institute for Applied Social and Economic Research, in Port Moresby, 1974-77. He then joined the United Nations, initially as a census adviser in Papua New Guinea, 1977-79, and later as a population expert based in Bangkok, 1979-82. In 1982, he joined the faculty of the University of Hong Kong, where he remained until 1996, leaving as a Professor of Geography. After four years as an independent consultant based in Bangkok working mainly for United Nations organizations, he joined the University of Sussex in October 2000.

From 1 June 2009 to 31 March 2011, he was seconded 40 per cent time to the Department for International Development (DfID) as a Senior Research Fellow. He has continued to work as a consultant to international organizations, including the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the International Labour Organization (ILO), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the United Nations Population Division. In 2013, he worked for the Bauhinia Foundation Research Centre in Hong Kong and, in 2014, is a Research Director in the Social Science Research Council of New York, Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship Programme.