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Dr. Alessio Cangiano

Senior Lecturer


Dr. Alessio Cangiano is a Senior Lecturer and coordinator of the Population Studies and Demography program. Before joining USP he had been working for six years as a Research Officer at the Center on Migration, Policy and Society (University of Oxford), with which he continues to collaborate as Research Associate. Dr. Cangiano holds a PhD in Demography (2005) from the University of Rome “La Sapienza” partly supported by EU Marie Curie research training funding. During his PhD work he was a visiting student at the French Institute for Demographic Studies (INED) and the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (Germany). Dr. Cangiano has also significant experience of research dissemination in policy environments gained through short term consultancy work for the European Parliament and the European Commission and collaborations with several public and third-sector organizations.


Research Areas

Dr. Cangiano’s primary research expertise lies in the field of migration and mobility, and its intersections with labour market, ageing and development issues. He published over 30 book chapters, journal articles and research reports dealing with migration and migrant labour market incorporation; the collection and assessment of migration data; the demographic impact of migration; and migration and integration policies. Dr. Cangiano is currently principal investigator in the research project “Patterns of Mobility and Development in Pacific Island States: An Integrated Analysis”, funded under the USP Strategic Research Themes. The project deploys a combination of quantitative and qualitative methods to provide a better understanding of the links between urbanization, intra-regional movements and international migration in three Pacific Island countries (Fiji, Samoa and Vanuatu). Dr. Cangiano also chairs the IUSSP Scientific Panel on Population and Development in Small Island Developing States (


Currently Teaching

PD301: Pacific Population and Urbanization Issues (coordinator)

PD303: Applied Demography (coordinator)                                                           

OS301: Introduction to Census and Survey Data Analysis (coordinator)

OS101: Official Statistics and National Statistical Systems (course writer)

DG400: Advanced Research Methods for Social Science (guest lecturer)


Contact Details

Dr. Alessio Cangiano
Senior Lecturer, Population and Demography program
School of Economics | Faculty of Business and Economics
The University of the South Pacific | Laucala Campus | Suva | Fiji Islands
Email: cangiano_a(at)
Ph: (+679) 323 2177 | Fax: (+679) 323 2522


Selected Publications

  • Edited volumes

Cangiano, A. and Torre A.R. (2016) “Situating the nexus: Migration, Gender and Politics of Development in Pacific Islands”, Special Issue of the Journal of Pacific Studies, 36(1).

  • Journal Articles

Cangiano, A. and Torre A.R. (2016) “Migration, Gender and Politics of Development in Pacific Islands – An Introduction”, Journal of Pacific Studies, 36(1): 5-20. (online)

Cangiano, A. (2016) “Net Migration as a Target for Migration Policies: A Review and Appraisal of the UK Experience”, International Migration, 54(2): 18–33. (online)

Cangiano, A. (2014), “Migration policies and migrant employment outcomes: conceptual analysis and comparative evidence for Europe”, Journal of Comparative Migration Studies, 2 (4): 417-443 (special issue on “The Governance of Migrant Labour Supply in Europe, Before and During the Crisis”) (online)

Cangiano, A. (2014). “Elder Care and Migrant Labor in Europe: A Demographic Outlook.” Population and Development Review, 40(1): 131-154. (online)

Cangiano, A. and K. Walsh (2014). “Recruitment processes and immigration regulations: the disjointed pathways to employing migrant carers in ageing societies.” Work, Employment & Society, 28(3): 372-389. (online)

  • Book chapters

Cangiano, A. (2014). “Migration and Population Growth: Future Predictions and Contemporary Politics”, in Anderson B. and Keith M. (eds.), Migration: A COMPAS Anthology, Oxford: Centre on Migration, Policy and Society. (e-book version)

  • Other publications

Cangiano, A. and Torre A.R. (2016) “Temporary migration in the Pacific: a substitute for more inclusive migration opportunities?”, Devpolicy blog, ANU Development Policy Centre (online)

Cangiano, A. (2016) “The Impact of Migration on UK Population Growth”, Migration Observatory Briefing, COMPAS, University of Oxford (online)

Cangiano, A. and Impicciatore R. (2015) “Migrant entry channels and family-related migratory patterns in Europe:  a theoretical and empirical investigation”. FIERI Working Paper, Forum Internazionale ed Europeo di Ricerche sull’Immigrazione, Turin (online)

Refer to my CV for detailed list of publications

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