Robin Cohen is Professor in the Department of International Development, University of Oxford. He is also an Honorary Professor at Warwick, and was Professor of Sociology from 1979 to March 2007. While on leave from the department, he served as Dean of Humanities at the University of Cape Town (2001–3) and directed the nationally designated UK Centre for Research in Ethnic Relations at Warwick (1985–9). He has held full-time appointments at the Universities of Ibadan, Birmingham and the West Indies and sessional appointments at Stanford, Toronto and Berkeley.
Robin Cohen is editor of the Routledge series on Global diasporas and of the Cambridge survey of world migration (1995). His books include Labour and politics in Nigeria (1974, rev. 1982); Endgame in South Africa? (1986); The new helots: migrants in the international division of labour (1987); Contested domains: debates in international labour studies (1991); Frontiers of identity: the British and the others (1994), Global diasporas: an introduction (1997, 1999, 2001, 2005 rev. 2008), Global sociology (co-author, 2000, 2001, rev. 2007) and Migration and its enemies (2006). His works have been translated into Chinese, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese and Spanish. He has edited or co-edited 18 further volumes, particularly on labour studies, ethnicity, diasporas, migration, transnationalism and globalisation.
His research is on international migration, diasporas, cosmopolitanism and creolization.