Book Talk: 'Migration: past, present and future' with Prof Ian Goldin

Past Event

29 May 2024, 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Oxford Martin School & Online
34 Broad Street (corner of Holywell and Catte Streets), Oxford, OX1 3BD

Event Recording:

Join us at the Oxford launch of Professor Ian Goldin’s latest book - The Shortest History of Migration.

Prof Goldin, Professor of Globalisation and Development, will show how migration since the emergence of early humans has shaped human progress, and been at the catalyst for the development of knowledge and civilisations. Migration is seldom totally voluntary, and leads to profound changes in the sending and destination countries, and to the migrants themselves.

Prof Goldin will provide historical perspectives on current debates regarding the scale, implications and future of migration.

This talk is co-hosted by the Oxford Literary Festival

Ian Goldin1

Professor Ian Goldin
Professor of Globalisation and Development & Senior Fellow, Oxford Martin School

Professor Ian Goldin was the founding Director of the Oxford Martin School from September 2006 to September 2016.

He is currently Oxford University Professor of Globalisation and Development, Senior Fellow at the Oxford Martin School, a Professorial Fellow at the University’s Balliol College and responsible for the Oxford Martin School Programmes on the Future of Work, Technological and Economic Change, and Future of Development.

From 2003 to 2006 he was Vice President of the World Bank, and prior to that the Bank’s Director of Development Policy (2001-2003). He served on the Bank’s senior management team and led the Bank’s collaboration with the United Nations and other partners as well as with key countries. As Director of Development Policy, he played a pivotal role in the research and strategy agenda of the Bank.

From 1996 to 2001 he was Chief Executive and Managing Director of the Development Bank of Southern Africa and served as an advisor to President Nelson Mandela. He succeeded in transforming the Bank to become the leading agent of development in the 14 countries of Southern Africa. During this period, Goldin served on several Government committees and Boards, and was Finance Director for South Africa’s Olympic Bid.

Previously, Goldin was Principal Economist at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in London, and Program Director at the OECD Development Centre in Paris, where he directed the Programs on Trade, Environment and Sustainable Development.

Goldin has received wide recognition for his contributions to development and research, including having been knighted by the French Government and nominated Global Leader of Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum. He is the presenter of three BBC series After the Crash, Will AI Kill Development?, The Pandemic That Changed the World and the BBC Analysis The Death of Globalisation (2023). He has published over 55 articles and 24 books, the most recent of which are Age of the City: Why Our Future will be Won or Lost Together (Bloomsbury, 2023) and Rescue: From Global Crisis to a Better World (Hodder Hachette, 2021). More information can be found at