Mission and Priorities

The Mobility Governance Lab (MGL) explores the governance of mobility at multiple scales across the global south. It is an autonomous, critical space working to realise principles of innovation, independence, and equitable partnership. Through collaborative research, it offers original insight and perspectives to scholars, civil society, and practitioners while fostering the next generation of engaged researchers from Africa and beyond.

Initially concentrating on multiple mobilities within and from Africa, the MGL works through a series of inter-connected research and pedagogical themes relevant to the movements across ‘the global south’. It positions human mobility as a heuristic providing insights into practical workings and transformations of regulatory and governance systems. Speaking to contemporary policy, advocacy, and academic concerns, it supports the next generation of scholars and scholarship considering the socio-politics of human mobility. By attracting research support, through creative engagements at multiple locations and scales, and by facilitating dialogue across global and professional hierarchies, it amplifies these findings and insights in the support of civil society, scholarly, and public policy formation.

MGL Governance


MGL is governed as an equal partnership between Wits University’s African Centre for Migration & Society and Oxford’s Department of International Development.  It is co-directed by Jean Pierre Misago (Wits) and Loren B Landau (Oxford and Wits). Its strategic vision is overseen by the heads of their respective departments, Jo Vearey (Wits) and Diego Sanchez-Ancochea (Oxford).


MGL partners with people and institutions who share its commitment to innovative and transformative research practice. Each of the partners are actively involved in supporting current or future initiatives associated with the lab.


Through financial, institutional, and intellectual investments, MGL actively prepares emerging scholars and graduate students to shape academic, popular, and policy debates for the next generation. Its affiliate doctoral students are enrolled in one of the two partner institutions or working closely with one or more MGL partners.