Rueben Okine is a junior researcher in the research department “Regeneration of Cities and Towns” at the IRS since February 2017. He works in a third party funded project “New Regional Formations: Rapid Environmental Change and Migration in Coastal Regions of Ghana and Indonesia” with specific focus on the sub-project “Migrants Trajectories in the Diaspora”. His empirical work is on the role of the Ghanaian diaspora in Europe regarding processes of urban regeneration and environmental change in Keta, Ghana. His theoretical interest is on the way migrant trajectories structure the diaspora and transnational activities and how the established relationships speak to the country of origin.
Over the years, Rueben has been involved in public administration and (migration) policy development in Ghana. In September 2016, he graduated from European Master in Migration and Intercultural Relations with studies at University of Oldenburg (Germany), University of Stavanger (Norway) and University of Nova Gorica (Slovenia). Motivated by his policy background, he researched on the notion of enfranchising Ghanaian citizens in the diaspora without actual implementation of the policy and the implications of this asymmetry for the state and citizens abroad. His thesis is a contribution to a better of understanding of the complex relationship between governance, citizenship and migration within and across a transnational space. He also has a Master in Migration Studies from University of Ghana in 2012. His interests are in migration and migration policies, diaspora and transnationalism, citizenship, public policy and labour migration.