Dr. Otieno Ong'ayo (Antony) is a political scientist by training. His main research interests are in the areas of politics of development, migration and development, Diaspora transnationalism, diaspora politics, civic driven change, civil society state relations, digital citizenship, digital culture and society.
His current research at ISS examines the contribution of transnational practices of diaspora organizations to development in the countries of destination and origin (‘here and there’) at the local and national government levels). He is also involved in the Diaspora politics research within the research project- ‘Transnational political engagement of African Diaspora communities’ which examines how Diaspora communities have (self-) organised transnationally between various countries of residence to influence local policies. The project is linked to other research groups namely: Vital cities and citizenship; Civic Innovation Research Initiative (CIRI), Governance, Law and Social Justice.
Besides his research work, he is also involved in the supervision of master’s students in the Migration and Diversity MA track, Human Rights, Gender and Conflict Studies: Social Justice Perspectives (SJP)Major as well as Governance, and Agrarian, Food and Environmental Studies (AFES).
He obtained his PhD (Development Studies) from Tilburg University Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences), a master's degree in Political Science (cum laude) with a specialisation in Politics and Development, and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science (cum laude) from Stockholm University, Sweden. He undertook a postgraduate study in Management of Health and Psychosocial Services in the developing countries at Uppsala University Sweden and holds a Diploma in Labour Studies and Management (with distinction).
Prior to joining ISS, he has undertaken research in the fields of Migration and Development, Diaspora engagement and participation; Globalization, Accessibility, Innovation and Care (GAIC) (at Tilburg University, School of Humanities) and extensive fieldwork in China on China-Africa relations. His experience in migration and development policy research include an EU funded research project (DIASPEACE) focused on Diasporas and Peace building in the Horn of Africa countries of Ethiopia, Eritrea and Somalia (2008-2009); A study on institutional building cooperation between African Diaspora organisations and Governments in their countries of origin covering five countries (UK, Ghana, Nigeria, Germany and USA (2009). Since May 2016 he sits in the Commission on Development Cooperation (COS) of the Advisory Council on Foreign Affairs to the Dutch Government (AIV). At the local government level, he has been involved in diaspora engagement policy initiatives in the municipality of The Hague on co-implementation of municipal policies on integration and participation within the initiative -Inclusive Policy-making based on Shared Solutions (Inclusieve Beleidsvorming op basis van Gedeelde Oplossingen)
He taught courses on The Changing World of International Relations and Human Rights at Amsterdam University College and a course on Digital Culture and Society at Tilburg University. He also taught theory and practice of development at the University College Utrecht. From 2013 he was adjunct lecturer in the Department of International Relations at Webster University, Leiden (teaching graduate courses on politics of development, African area Studies, International Relations, International Organisations and Social Science Research Methodology).
Otieno Ong'ayo (2020) - Migration & Covid-19: Impact migration aspirations in the African context - Guest Lecture: Africa Committee Leiden University The Hague Campus
Otieno Ong'ayo (2020) - Acceptance of Digital Tools for Health Access from a governance perspective: The case of Kenya and Ghana - GAIC seminar: Findable, Accessibile, Interoperable, and Reusable (FAIR) Data in the context of COVID-19
Otieno Ong'ayo (2020) - Digital participation and citizenship. A pillar to Leaving No One Behind - Partos – Platform: Leave No One Behind
Otieno Ong'ayo (2020) - Digital Governance: The role of political, institutional and policy context - GAIC /ISS seminar: FAIR Data and open Science Cloud: Implications for research, knowledge sharing, governance and practice
Otieno Ong'ayo & H Hintjens (2019) - Rejected and destitute asylum seekers as actors: reflections on ongoing experiences and negotiating agency in the UK and the Netherlands - Conference: Democratising Displacement
Otieno Ong'ayo (2019) - Migration and local governance: Reality, theory and practice: Local solutions for movement of refugees and migrants - The Hague Academy Migration and Local Authorities
Otieno Ong'ayo (2018) - How is regional protection being shaped and what are the critical issues? - Committee on Trade and Development Cooperation of the House of Representatives of the Netherlands
Otieno Ong'ayo & Kees Biekart (2018) - CDC and African diaspora communities in The Hague - 13th International Society for Third Sector Research (ISTR) conference
Otieno Ong'ayo (2018) - Diaspora Transnational Political Engagement and civic-driven change - 15th IMISCOE Annual Conference Universitat Pompeu Fabra Barcelona
Otieno Ong'ayo (2017) - Peacebuilding from a gender and development perspective - Annual Great Lakes Region Diaspora, The Hague Peace Project
Otieno Ong'ayo (2017) - Remittance-linked financial products to leverage remittances for Investment/development - Conference on Diaspora Engagement Forum - AIR-DEF 2017
Otieno Ong'ayo (2017) - Root causes of migration in Sub-Sahara Africa - Seminar: ‘Before the Mediterranean'. Dutch United Nations Students Association (DUNSA) -SIB-Utrecht
Otieno Ong'ayo (2017) - African migration to and from Europe: Rethinking circular migration - University of Oxford International Migration Institute (IMI) Hilary 2017 seminar series
Otieno Ong'ayo (2016) - The impact of large-scale investments, rapid urbanisation and infrastructure development on internal mobility dynamics in Kenya - LandAc conference, Linking the Rural and Violent Urbanisation
Otieno Ong'ayo (2016) - Contribution of remittances to the SDGs. Conference on Critical Perspectives on Governing by Sustainable Development Goals - Financing the SDGs confernce
Otieno Ong'ayo (2015) - China-Africa relations: challenges and opportunities in the context of multipolarity - Course The Changing World of International Relations. Amsterdam University College
Otieno Ong'ayo (2015) - Perspective on Chinese investments in Africa; Session China and Africa - Afrika Dag
Otieno Ong'ayo (2015) - Diasporas and development. The role of organisations, transnational linkages and mobilisation - 10th Founding Anniversary of BASUG Conference
Otieno Ong'ayo (2015) - Diaspora engagement in a constricted political space: The case of Ethiopian diaspora organisations in the Netherlands - Conference on Cartoon Democracy - Authoritarian Rule and Elections in Ethiopia
Otieno Ong'ayo (2014) - Labour migration policy for Europe and developing countries - Africa Day - Africa and International Development Corporation KIT Amsterdam
Otieno Ong'ayo (2013) - Rights of Refugees and the UN Human Rights Council - Conference “A Brave New World – Its Time for Africa” University College Utrecht
Otieno Ong'ayo (2011) - Migration and Development in Kenya: Leveraging the development potentials of migration through appropriate policies and institutional frameworks - Parliamentary Defense and Foreign Relations Committee meeting with Kenyan Diaspora in The Netherlands