Robin Cohen is Professor Emeritus of Development Studies, University of Oxford. Prior to his Oxford appointment in 2007, he was Professor of Sociology at the University of Warwick. He also held appointments at the Universities of Ibadan, Birmingham, Cape Town and the West Indies and short-term positions at Stanford, Toronto and Berkeley. He was editor of the Routledge series on Global diasporas and of the Cambridge survey of world migration.
His books on migration include The new helots: migrants in the international division of labour (1987, 1993, 2003), Contested domains: debates in international labour studies (1991), Frontiers of identity (1994), Global diasporas: an introduction (1997, rev. 2008), Migration and its enemies (2006) and Encountering difference (2016). He directed the International Migration Institute, part of the Oxford Martin School (2009–11), and was principal investigator on the Oxford Diasporas Programme, covering 11 projects, funded by the Leverhulme Trust (2011–5).