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Prof. Dr. Stefan Rother

Flight, Migration and Social Mobility (deputy professor)

Institute of Cultural Studies


Tel.: +49 89 6004-3963 (Office)


Since September 2021, Stefan Rother is deputy professor for Flight, Migration and Social Mobility at University of the Bundeswehr Munich. Previously, he has been senior researcher at the Arnold-Bergstraesser-Institute for socio-cultural research, and lecturer at the Department of Political Science, University of Freiburg, Germany.  In the winter term 2019/20, Rother acted as deputy professor at the Chair of International Politics, University of Freiburg.. He was previously a fellow at the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS) and editorial manager of the “International Quarterly for Asian Studies”. In 2019, he was co-convener of the International Fellow Group “Migration, Mobility and Forced Displacement” at the Merian Institute for Advanced Studies in Africa (MIASA), University of Ghana.

In 2019, Rother completed his cumulative habilitation on „Multi-level Governance from below? Migrant Civil Society and the Democratisation of International Institutions”. Rother received his doctorate at the Department of Political Science, University of Freiburg with the thesis “Diffusion in transnational political spaces: Political activism of Philippine labor migrants in Hong Kong". He has conducted extensive fieldwork in Southeast Asia as well as participant observation at global governance fora and civil society parallel and counter-events at the UN, ILO, ASEAN and WTO-level as well as European Forum on Migration and World Social Forum on Migration. He is speaker of the working group on migration in the German political science association (AK Migrationspolitik in der DVPW) and has been a long-term board member of the German Association for Asian Studies (DGA).


Research Focus

  • Transnational migration
  • Social movements
  • Global Governance
  • Development politics
  • Democratisation
  • Regional integration
  • Non-/post-Western theories of International Relations






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Selected Publications 

(for complete list, see at the end of the page)



Rother, Stefan (2022) Global Migration Governance from Below: Actors, Spaces, Discourses. Cham: Springer International Publishing; Imprint Palgrave Macmillan.

Hunger, Uwe /Rother, Stefan (2021) Internationale Migrationspolitik, Stuttgart: UTB.

Rezension in der FAZ:

Kessler, Christl / Rother, Stefan (2016) Democratization through Migration? Political Remittances and Participation of Philippine Return Migrants. Lanham: Lexington Books.

Rother, Stefan [Hg.] (2016) Migration und Demokratie. Wiesbaden: Springer VS.


Journal articles:

Rother, Stefan (2022) Global Migration Governance from below in times of COVID-19: Civil Society in „invited“ and „invented“ spaces , Comparative Migration Studies, (10), 1.

Rother, Stefan (2022) The “gold standard” for labour export? The role of civil society in shaping multi-level Philippine migration policies, Third World Quarterly, online first 

Piper, Nicola / Rother Stefan (2021) Governing Regional Migration from the “Bottom Up”: a nodal approach to the role of transnational activist networks in Asia, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies.

Rother, Stefan (2020) “The” or “A” leading organization in migration? IOM as an actor in global migration governance,  MIGRACIÓN y DESARROLLO Vol 18 (34), pp. 137-159.

Also published in Spanish: ¿«La» o «Una» organización líder en migración? La oim como un actor en la gobernanza migratoria mundial

Rother, Stefan (2020) Migration Governance through Transnational Connectivity? The Asian Inter-Parliamentary Caucus on Labour Migration, Freiburg: Occasional Paper Series, Southeast Asia Group, No 46.

Piper, Nicola / Rother, Stefan (2020) Political Remittances and the Diffusion of a Rights-Based Approach to Migration Governance: the case of the Migrant Forum in Asia (MFA), Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 46(6), pp. 1057-1071

Rother, Stefan /Steinhilper, Elias (2019) Tokens or Stakeholders in Global Migration Governance? The Role of Affected Communities and Civil Society in the Global Compacts on Migration and Refugees, International Migration Vol. 57(6), pp. 243-257

Rother, Stefan (2019) The Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) as a venue of “state socialization”: A stepping stone for multi-level migration governance?, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 45 (8), pp. 1285-1274. 

Rother, Stefan (2018) Angry Birds of Passage. Migrant rights networks and counter-hegemonic resistance to global migration discourses, Globalizations 15(6), pp. 854-869.

Rother, Stefan (2018) ASEAN Forum on Migrant Labour: A space for civil society in migration governance at the regional level? Asia Pacific Viewpoint 59(1), pp. 107-118.

Rother, Stefan (2017) Indonesian migrant domestic workers in transnational political spaces: agency, gender roles and social class formation, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 43 (6), pp. 956-973.  

Rother, Stefan (2015) Democratizing ASEAN through “Alternative Regionalism”? The ASEAN Civil Society Conference and the ASEAN Youth Forum, in ASIEN - The German Journal on Contemporary Asia, 136 (July), pp. 98-119. 

Rother, Stefan (2015) Civil Society and Democracy in South and Southeast Asia — An Introduction, in ASIEN - The German Journal on Contemporary Asia, 136 (July), pp. 5-13. 

Rother, Stefan / Piper, Nicola (2015) Alternative Regionalism from Below: democratising ASEAN’s migration governance, in International Migration, 53(3), pp 36-49.

Piper, Nicola / Rother, Stefan (2012) Let's Argue about Migration: advancing a right(s) discourse via communicative opportunities, in Third World Quarterly Vol.33 (9), pp. 1735–50.

Rother, Stefan (2012) Wendt meets East: ASEAN cultures of conflict and cooperation. in Cooperation and Conflict Vol. 47 (1), pp. 49–67.


Commentaries / Reports:

(2021): “ASEAN connectivity through labour migration? The role of migrant civil society for the Decent Work agenda”. ASEAN and Global Connections Paper Series, University of Cambridge.​

(2021): Transnational Skills Partnerships between Ghana and Germany: "A "triple-win" solution?, AMMODI Policy Note (With Susanne Schultz and Mary Setrana)  

(2021):Transnational Skills Partnerships between Ghana and North Rhine-Westphalia. An Exploratory Study Commissioned by the Mercator Foundation. Freiburg: ABI (with Mary Setrana)

(2021): “Participation in times of zoomification. What opportunities did civil society have to participate in the virtual Global Forum on Migration and Development? FES-Themenportal Flucht, Migration, Integration.

(2020): „Migrants deserve better protection: The pandemic has grave consequences for migrants and refugees“ Internationale Politik und Gesellschaft (IPG). (mit Felix Braunsdorf)

(2016): Looking beyond ‘the refugee crisis’, can migrants be the new agents of democracy?, The Conversation, Democracy Future Series,

(2016): „Migration und Entwicklung: Wohlstand für Alle“. Außenansicht, Süddeutsche Zeitung 26. Februar.