Iriann Freemantle is an Associate Researcher with the African Centre for Migration & Society (ACMS) at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. Iriann holds a B.A. in Media and Culture Studies (Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf), an M.Sc. in Migration and Ethnic Studies (cum laude, Universiteit van Amsterdam) and a PhD in Migration Studies from the University of the Witwatersrand.
Over the past decade, Iriann has worked extensively on migration policy and xenophobia in South Africa, contributing to local and international publications such Migration and Crisis. Critical Perspectives (Routledge), Forging African Communities: Mobility, Integration and Belonging (Palgrave Macmillan) or the Journal of Migration and Ethnic Studies. She has also taught in ACMS’s Masters Programme and regularly works on projects with international organisations such as OXFAM, Save the Children, UNHCR or Bread for the World. More recently, Iriann’s work focuses on the role of the European Union and international organisations in the governance of mobility in Africa. Together with Loren Landau, she currently works on a book on the spatial and temporal aspects of European involvement in governing African migration and has recently published a related article on Migration and the African Timespace Trap’. On these topics, she also publishes frequently in both international as well as South African online media such as Africa is a Country, Youth Circulations or the Daily Maverick.