Dr Nicole Ostrand

Post:Research Associate (Sussex Centre for Migration Research)
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Nikki Ostrand is a fourth year PhD student in Migration Studies at the University of Sussex and an editorial assistant for the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. She received the Rotary International Global Grant Scholarship (District 6220) for the academic year 2015/16. Her current research is on the UK’s extraterritorial immigration management. She has also written on immigration policy in the US and Thailand. Nikki received a BS in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and an MA in Human Rights from Mahidol University, Thailand. While in Thailand, she worked as a project coordinator for the Strengthening Human Rights Protection for Rohingya Project (2012-2014). She was also a consultant at the Centre for Migration Studies of New York in 2014, where she wrote about the US and Europe’s response to the Syrian refugee crisis, stateless Rohingya in Thailand and Australia’s extraterritorial controls

Prior to starting her MA, she lived in India and worked for a small non-profit organization supporting women and children in Sarnath, Varanasi. She has also spent time volunteering in Guatemala, Uganda and Tanzania and is committed to promoting the human rights and dignity of migrants, refugees and stateless persons. 


PhD Migration Studies, University of Sussex 2020 

MA International Human Rights, Mahidol University, Thailand 2013 

BS Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison 2008 (Graduated with Distinction)

Certificate in Criminal Justice, University of Wisconsin-Madison 2008



Peer reviewed articles

Ostrand, Nicole and Paul Statham. 2020. "'Street-level' agents operating beyond 'remote control': how overseas liaison officers and foreign state officials shape UK extraterritorial migration management" Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. https://doi.org/10.1080/1369183X.2020.1782729 


Ostrand, Nicole 2015. “The Syrian Refugee Crisis: A Comparison of the Response by Germany, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States.” Journal on Migration and Human Security 3(3): 1-25.

Chapters in edited volumes

Ostrand, Nicole. 2013. “The Role of Environmental Attributes in the Thai Government’s Policy toward Displaced Persons from Myanmar.” In Human Rights and Peace in Southeast Asia Series 3: Amplifying the Voices, edited by JM Baysa-Barredo, N Kranrattanasuit, A Luthra, S Petcharamesree, A Sharom, M Sugiono, and Y Sumarian, 54-73. Bangkok: Southeast Asian Human Rights Network.


Ostrand, Nicole. 2014. “Immigration Control Beyond Australia’s Border.” New York: Center for Migration Studies. http://cmsny.org/immigration-control-beyond-australias-border/

Ostrand, Nicole. 2014. “The Stateless Rohingya in Thailand.” New York: Center for Migration Studies. http://cmsny.org/the-stateless-rohingya-in-thailand/

Other activities 

Conference Papers

“Implementing Extraterritorial Controls: The Role of Immigration Officials and Foreign State Actors.” Unpacking the Challenges & Possibilities for Migration Governance, University of Cambridge, 17-19 October 2019. Organised by the Horizon 2020 project RESPOND: Multilevel Governance of Mass Migration in Europe and Beyond.

‘The UK’s immigration liaison network: explaining its shape and variation across Ghana, Egypt, Thailand the US and France.’ Cross-Institutional PhD Research Colloquium Migration (Sussex Centre for Migration Research, UAE Migration Research Network, Essex Centre for Migration Studies), 21 March 2018, University of Essex, UK. 

‘Extraterritorial immigration controls and principal-agent relations,’ co-authored with James Hampshire. 24th International Conference of Europeanists, ‘Sustainability and Transformation,’ 12-14 July 2017, University of Glasgow, UK.

‘The UK’s extraterritorial immigration management: variance across nationality, purpose for entry and wealth.’ IMISCOE Spring Conference, ‘Tyranny of Categories,’ 17 February 2017, Middlesex University, UK.

‘Extraterritorial immigration management: a comparison of the UK’s efforts in France, the US, Thailand and Ghana.’ 4th Mahidol Migration Center Regional Conference, ‘In the Era of Transnational Migration,’ 28-30 June 2016, Mahidol University, Thailand.


Europe Asia Migration Network (EAMiN) http://www.eamin.org/

Sussex Mahidol Migration Partnership (SMMP)