Imco Brouwer is Executive Director of the Gulf Labour Markets and Migration (GLMM) programme, a joint initiative of the GRC and the Migration Policy Centre (MPC) of the European University Institute (EUI, Florence).
He is affiliated with the GRC since 2009, assisting in the setting up of Gulf Research Meeting (GRM, 2009-2011) and establishing and managing the GLMM.
Over the past two decades, Imco Brouwer has worked with universities, research centers, foundations, and non-governmental organizations. His focus has been on international migration, human rights, democratization, higher education, international cooperation and conflict resolution & prevention. His responsibilities have included setting up and managing centers and programs; academic and policy research projects; international meetings and networks of scholars and policy makers; and academic and professional training. Fundraising from European, US and Arab grant makers has been an integral part of these activities. Geographically speaking, his professional focus has been the Middle East, North Africa, and the Mediterranean area as well as Europe and the US.
During the last five years he has focused on international migration into, through and from the Middle East and North Africa, with particular attention to the Gulf countries. He also continues to follow closely his long-term research interest on political regime change and international democracy assistance.
Previously, he was affiliated with the Robert Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights (RFK Center, Florence, 2012-2013), Arab Reform Initiative (ARI, Paris, 2011-2012) and the European University Institute (EUI, Florence). At the latter, he set up and managed the Mediterranean Program (MP, 1999-2004) and the Mediterranean Research Meeting (MRM, 2000-2009) and worked for the Consortium for Applied Research on International Migration (CARIM, 2006-2009). For a consortium of Mediterranean universities and regional governments, he set up and managed an innovative Masters in Euro-Mediterranean Affairs (MAEM/MEMA, 2002-2007).
He holds the equivalent of a MA in Political Science (University of Catania) and was a Ph.D. student in Social and Political Sciences at the EUI (ABD).