Ronald Skeldon is a Professorial Fellow at the University of Sussex and Professor of Human Geography at Maastricht University. Trained at the Universities of Glasgow (BSc Hons) and Toronto (MA; PhD), he completed his doctoral research on migration in Peru. He later worked in Papua New Guinea for the Australian National University and throughout the Asia and Pacific region for the United Nations. For 14 years he was on the faculty of the University of Hong Kong leaving in 1996. Between 1996 and 2000, he was an independent consultant based in Bangkok as well as an Adjunct Professor at the Institute for Population and Social Research, Mahidol University, Bangkok. He joined the University of Sussex in 2000 and from 2003 to 2009 was a core member of the DfID-funded Development Research Centre on Migration, Globalization and Poverty. For two years from 2009 to 2011, he was seconded as a Senior Research Fellow on Migration to the Department for International Development in London. He has acted as a consultant to many international organizations such as the International Organization for Migration, the International Labour Organization, the OECD, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific and the International Centre for Migration and Policy Development, as well as the Social Science Research Council of New York and the Bauhinia Foundation in Hong Kong. He specializes on the study of migration and development and particularly on the impact of migration on developing countries of origin and has published widely on the topic.