Professor Nicola Piper is the director of Asia Pacific Masters of Human Rights and Democratisation at the University of Sydney. She is also Convenor of the Sydney Asia Pacific Migration Network (SAPMIN). This is a completely new initiative, and includes work on, or interest in, the link between migration and democracy. Nicola’s research interests lie in the influence of civil society actors on the governance of migration (‘governance from below’) at multiple institutional levels (global, regional, local), with specific focus on the promotion and advancement of migrants’ rights. She has been working on developing a concept of ‘migrant rights’ beyond dominant legalistic approaches as well as classical citizenship conceptions. The current phase of her research agenda revolves around issues of organisational evolution which matters to rights delivery, enforcement and monitoring as well as changes in organisational membership, perceptions of solidarity and political organising as the result of a transnationalising, globalized world of work. Nicola’s focus is in the Asia-pacific region but she has also conducted fieldwork in Latin America and Europe.