I am a Senior Lecturer in Human Geography, with a specialisation in Migration Studies. My research interests include return migration, (re)integration, transnationalism and community dynamics. I am an experienced migration researcher with a focus on Afghanistan - including fieldwork with Afghan migrants, refugees and returnees in Afghanistan, India, UK, Norway and the USA.
Migration Reasearch Hub ID: 1458
ORCID https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5291-497X
Twitter https://twitter.com/@oeppen


Migration processes
Migration consequences (for migrants, sending and receiving countries)
Migration governance
Cross-cutting topics in migration research


  • University of Sussex

    University, Brighton, United Kingdom
    Senior Lecturer


Forced to leave? The discursive and analytical significance of describing migration as forced and voluntary

Authors Marta Bivand Erdal, Ceri Oeppen
Year 2018
Journal Name Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies
Citations (WoS) 6
1 Journal Article

Possibilities and Realities of Return Migration

Authors Jørgen Carling, Marta Bolognani, Marta Bivand Erdal, ...
This report presents insights from the research project Possibilities and Realities of Return Migration (PREMIG), funded by the Research Council of Norway and led by the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO). Over a five-year period, a core group of eight researchers in Norway and the United Kingdom studied return migration from multiple perspectives. They drew upon statistical analyses and face-to-face interaction with more than five hundered migrants and returnees in seven countries.
Year 2015
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2 Report

The business of child detention: charitable co-option, migrant advocacy and activist outrage

Authors Imogen Tyler, Deirdre Conlon, Nick Gill, ...
Year 2014
Journal Name Race & Class
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3 Journal Article

A stranger at 'home': interactions between transnational return visits and integration for Afghan-American professionals

Authors Ceri Oeppen
Year 2013
Journal Name Global Networks
Citations (WoS) 19
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4 Journal Article

Migrant Balancing Acts: Understanding the Interactions Between Integration and Transnationalism

Authors Marta Bivand Erdal, Ceri Oeppen
Year 2013
Journal Name Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies
Citations (WoS) 84
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5 Journal Article

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