Please contact me if you struggle to access any of these publications – many are open access.  You can also access via my ORCID ID.

World Migration Report

Vearey, J., Hui, C. and Wickramage, K. (2019) Chapter 7: Migration and Health: current issues, governance, and current knowledge gaps in: McAuliff M. and Khadria, B. (eds) World Migration Report. International Organization for Migration: Geneva [OPEN ACCESS]

Peer-reviewed journal articles

Bisnauth, M., Coovadia, A., Kawonga, M. and Vearey, J. (in press) Addressing the Migrant Gap:  Maternal Healthcare Perspectives on  Utilising Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT) services during the COVID-19 pandemic, South Africa Global Health Action

de Gruchy, T., Zikhali, T., Vearey, J. and Hanefeld, J. (2022) Framing Migration During the Covid‐19 Pandemic in South Africa: A 12‐Month Media Monitoring Project Media and Communication 10(2) OPEN ACCESS

de Gruchy, T. and Vearey, J. (2022) Left behind: why South Africa must develop migration-aware responses to Covid-19 and future pandemics South African Health Review 2021 OPEN ACCESS

Bisnauth MA, Coovadia A, Kawonga M and Vearey J. (2022) Providing HIV Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT) Services to Migrants During the COVID-19 Pandemic in South Africa: Insights of Healthcare Providers. Health Services Insights 15: 1-11 OPEN ACCESS doi:10.1177/11786329211073386

Vearey, J., de Gruchy, T. and Maple, N. (2021) Global health (security), immigration governance and Covid-19 in South(ern) Africa: An evolving research agenda J Migr Health. 3: 100040. 10.1016/j.jmh.2021.100040

de Gruchy, T., Vearey, J., Opiti, C., Mlotshwa, L., Manji, K. and Hanefeld, J. (2021) Research on the move: exploring WhatsApp as a tool for understanding the intersections between migration, mobility, health and gender in South Africa Globalization and Health 17 Article number: 1 OPEN ACCESS Impact Factor: 4.386

Manji, K., de Gruchy, T. Vearey, J. and Hanefeld, J. (2021) Using WhatsApp Messenger for Health Systems Research: A scoping review of available literature” Health Policy and Planning OPEN ACCESS Impact Factor: 2.704

Mosca, D., Vearey, J., Orcutt, M. and Zwi, A. (2020) Universal Health Coverage: ensuring migrants and migration are included Global Social Policy

de Gruchy, T. and Vearey, J. (2020) “‘Left behind’: why implementing migration-aware responses to HIV for migrant farm workers is a priority for South Africa” African Journal of AIDS Research 19(1) 57-68

Oliveira, E., & Vearey, J. (2020). The Seductive Nature of Participatory Research: Reflecting on More than a Decade of Work with Marginalized Migrants in South AfricaMigration Letters17(2), 219-228.

de Gruchy, T. and Vearey, J. (in press) “‘Left behind’: why implementing migration-aware responses to HIV for migrant farm workers is a priority for South AfricaAfrican Journal of AIDS Research 19:1 57-68

Vearey, J., 2020. Migration and Health. In: Kobayashi, A. (Ed.),International Encyclopedia of Human Geography, 2nd edition. vol. 9, Elsevier, pp. 95–98

Vearey, J., Orcutt, M., Gostin, L., Adeola Braham, C. and Duigan, P (2019) Leave no-one behind: building alliances for the global governance of migration and health British Medical Journal 366:l4143 OPEN ACCESS

Mahlangu, P., Goudge, J. and Vearey, J. (2019) Towards a framework for multisector and multilevel collaboration: case of HIV and AIDS governance in South Africa Global Health Action 12:1, 1617393, OPEN ACCESS

Vearey, J., Luginaah, I., Ng’weina, F., Oni, T. and Shilla, D. (2019) Urban Health in Africa: A critical global public health priority BMC Public Health 19:340 OPEN ACCESS

Mahlangu, P., Vearey, J. and Goudge, J. (2018) Multisectoral (in)action: towards effective mainstreaming of HIV in public sector departments in South Africa, African Journal of AIDS Research 17:4 301-312 OPEN ACCESS

Wickramage, K., Vearey, J., Zwi, A., Robinson, C. and Knipper, M. (2018) Migration and health: a global public health research priority BMC Public Health 18:987 OPEN ACCESS 

 Vearey, J. (2018) Moving forward: why responding to migration, mobility and HIV in South(ern) Africa is a public health priority Journal of the International AIDS Society (JIAS) 21(Suppl Suppl 4): e25137 OPEN ACCESS 

Mahlangu, P., Vearey, J. and Goudge, J. (2018) Multisectoral (in)action: towards effective mainstreaming of HIV in public sector departments in South Africa African Journal of AIDS Research 17(4) 301-312 OPEN ACCESS 

Arullapan, N., Chersich, M., Mahabane, N., Richter, M., Geffen, N., Vearey, J., Jankelowitz, L., Scorgie, F. and Venter, W. (2018) Quality of counselling and support provided by the South African National AIDS Helpline: Content analysis of mystery client interviews South African Medical Journal OPEN ACCESS 108(7) 596-602 OPEN ACCESS 

Mahlangu, P., Vearey, J., Thomas, E. and Goudge, J. (2017) Implementing a multi-sectoral response to HIV: A case study of AIDS Councils in the Mpumalanga Province, South Africa Global Health Action 10(1) OPEN ACCESS

Vearey, J., Thomson, K., Sommers, T. and Sprague, C. (2017) Exploring local-level responses to migration and urban health in Hillbrow: the Johannesburg Migrant Health Forum BMC Public Health 17(Suppl 3):427 OPEN ACCESS

Scorgie, F., Vearey, J., Oliff, M., Stadler, J., Venables, E., Chersich, M. and Delany-Moretlwe, S. (2017) ‘Leaving no one behind’: reflections on the design of community-based HIV prevention for migrants in Johannesburg’s inner-city hostels and informal settlements 17(Suppl 3):482 BMC Public Health 17: OPEN ACCESS

Vearey, J. (2017) Urban Health in Johannesburg: Migration, Exclusion and Inequality Urban Forum doi:10.1007/s12132-017-930 OPEN ACCESS

Hanefeld, J., Vearey, J. and Lunt, N. on behalf of the Researchers on Migration, Mobility and Health Group (2017) A global research agenda on migration, mobility, and health The Lancet 389 2358-2359 OPEN ACCESS

Walker, R., Vearey, J. and Nencel, L. (2017) Negotiating the city: exploring the intersecting vulnerabilities of non- national migrant mothers who sell sex in Johannesburg, South Africa AGENDA OPEN ACCESS

Oliveira, E. and Vearey, J. (2017) Beyond the single story: creative research approaches with migrant sex workers in South Africa Families, Relationships and Societies 6(2) 317-321

Vearey, J., Modisenyane, M. and Hunter-Adams, J. (2017) Towards a migration-aware health system in South Africa: A strategic opportunity to address health inequity South African Health Review OPEN ACCESS

Makandwa, T. and Vearey, J. (2017) Giving Birth in a Foreign Land: Exploring the Maternal Healthcare Experiences of Zimbabwean Migrant Women Living in Johannesburg, South Africa Urban Forum doi:10.1007/s12132-017-9304-5

Vearey, J., de Gruchy, T., Kamndaya, M., Walls, H., Chetty-Makkan, C., Hanefeld, J. (2016) Exploring the migration profiles of primary healthcare users in South Africa. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health DOI: 10.1007/s10903-016-0535-7  OPEN ACCESS

Vearey, J., Barter, C., McGinn, A. (2016) Research ethics in practice: lessons from studies exploring interpersonal violence in different contexts Journal of Families, Relationships and Societies DOI:

Dill, L., Vearey, J., Oliveira, E. and Martinez Castillo, G. (2016) “Son of the Soil…Daughters of the Land”: poetry writing as a strategy of citizen-making for lesbian, gay, and bisexual migrants and asylum seekers in Johannesburg AGENDA 30(1) 85-95

Scheibe, A., Richter, M. and Vearey, J. (2016) Sex work and South Africa’s health system: Addressing the needs of the underserved South African Health Review 19 165-178 OPEN ACCESS

Walls, H., Vearey, J., Modisenyane, M., Chetty-Makkan, C., Charalambous, S., Smith, R. and Hanefeld, J. (2016) Understanding healthcare and population mobility in southern Africa: The case of South Africa. South African Medical Journal 106(1):14-15. DOI:7196/SAMJ.2016.v106i1.10210 OPEN ACCESS

Kamndaya, M., Kazembe, L., Vearey, J., Kabiru, C. and Thomas, L. (2015) Material deprivation and unemployment affect coercive sex among young people in the urban slums of Blantyre, Malawi: A multi-level approach Health and Place 33 90–100 DOI: 1016/j.healthplace.2015.03.001

Oliveira, E. and Vearey, J. (2015) Images of place: Visuals from migrant women sex workers in South Africa Medical Anthropology DOI:1080/01459740.2015.1036263 [video abstract available]

Kamndaya, M., Vearey, J., Thomas, L., Kabiru, C. and Kazembe, L. (2015) Material deprivation, consumerism and agency influence the decisions to engage in transactional sex among young people in Blantyre slums, Malawi Global Public Health DOI:1080/17441692.2015.1014393

Vearey, J. (2014) Healthy migration: A public health and development imperative for south(ern) Africa South African Medical Journal 104(10) 63-664. DOI:7196/samj.8569 OPEN ACCESS

Myroniuk, T. W and Vearey, J. (2014) Social Capital and Livelihoods in Johannesburg: Differential Advantages and Unexpected Outcomes among Internal Migrants, Foreign-Born Migrants, and Long-Term South African Residents. International Migration Review 48(1) 243-273

Kamndaya, M.,Thomas, L., Vearey, J., Sartorius, B. and Kazembe, L. (2014) Material Deprivation affects High Sexual Risk Behavior among Young People in Urban Slums, South Africa. Journal of Urban: Health Bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine   91(3) 581-591

Vearey, J. (2013) HIV, population mobility, and the post-conflict nexus: unpacking complexity International Peacekeeping (20)4 439-449 DOI:10.1080/13533312.2013.846135

Drimie, S., Faber, M., Vearey, J. and Nunez, L. (2012) Dietary diversity of formal and informal residents in Johannesburg, South Africa BMC Public Health  13:911  doi:10.1186/1471-2458-13-911 OPEN ACCESS

El-Khatib, Z., Scales, D., Vearey, J. and Forsberg, B. (2013) Syrian Refugees: between rocky crisis in Syria and hard inaccessibility to healthcare services in Lebanon and Jordan. Conflict and Health 7(18) DOI: 10.1186/1752-1505-7-18

Richter, M., Chersich, M.F., Vearey, J., Sartorius, B., Temmerman, M. and Luchters, S. (2012) Migration Status, Work Conditions and Health Utilization of Female Sex Workers in Three South African Cities Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health doi: 10.1007/s10903-012-9758-4

Vearey, J. (2012) Sampling in an Urban Environment: Overcoming Complexities and Capturing Differences Journal of Refugee Studies doi:1093/jrs/fes032

Vearey, J., Núñez, , Richter, M. and Moyo, K. (2011) HIV prevention in the workplace and beyond: the importance of engaging with migration, urban livelihoods and the “informal economy” in South Africa. African Journal of AIDS Research 10 (supplement): 381–391

Vearey, J. (2011) Challenging urban health: towards an improved local government response to migration, informal settlements and HIV in Johannesburg, South Africa Global Health Action 4: 5898 – DOI: 10.3402/gha.v4i0.5898OPEN ACCESS

Vearey, J. (2011) Learning from HIV: exploring migration and health in South Africa Global Public Health DOI: 10.1080/17441692.2010.549494

Núñez, , Vearey, J. and Drimie, S. (2011) Who cares? The impact of HIV-related sickness on migration patterns in South Africa Gender and Development 19 (1) 105 – 114

Vearey, J., Palmary, I., Thomas, L., Núñez and Drimie, S. (2010) Urban health in Johannesburg: the importance of place in understanding intra-urban inequalities in a context of migration and HIV Health and Place 16 694 – 702

Vearey, J. (2010) Hidden spaces and urban health: exploring the tactics of rural migrants navigating the City of Gold Urban Forum 21 37 – 53

McCarthy, K., Chersich, M. F., Vearey, J., Meyer-Rath, G., Jaffer, A. Simpwalo, S. and Venter, W.D.F. (2009) Good treatment outcomes among foreigners receiving antiretroviral therapy in Johannesburg, South Africa International Journal of STD and AIDS 20 858–862

Vearey, J. (2008) Migration, access to ART and survivalist livelihood strategies in Johannesburg African Journal of AIDS Research 7(3) 361 – 374

Special issues

Vearey, J. (ed) (2017) Urban Forum Special Issue: (Well)Being in the City: a focus on health and migration in Johannesburg 28(1)

Book chapters

Vearey, J. (2020). Migration and Health. In: Kobayashi, A. (Ed.), International Encyclopaedia of Human Geography, 2nd edition. vol. 9, Elsevier, pp. 95–98.

Vearey, J., Hui, C. and Wickramage, K. (2019) Chapter 7: Migration and Health: current issues, governance, and current knowledge gaps in: McAuliff M. and Khadria, B. (eds) World Migration Report. International Organization for Migration: Geneva

Oliveira, O. and Vearey, J. (2018) ‘Who I am depends on who I’m talking to’. In Hiralal, K. and Jinnah, Z. (eds) Gender and Mobility in Africa: Border, Bodies, Boundaries. Palgrave Macmillan

Hunter-Adams, J., Makandwa, T,. Matthews, S., Nyamnjoh, H., Oni, T., and Vearey, J. (2018) Connecting the dots: cultivating a sustainable interdisciplinary discourse around migration, urbanisation, and health in Southern Africa.  In Winchester, M. and BeLue, R. (eds) PING Health: Global Health Collaboration and Case Studies. Springer

Vearey, J. (2018) Chapter 6: The multiple determinants of health inequity in Johannesburg: towards pro-poor responses in a context of migration, HIV and urban exclusion. In: Nguendo Yongsi, B. (ed) Santé et territoires En Afrique Inégalités de besoins de santé et d’accès aux soins.  L’Harmattan: Paris

Oliveira, E. and Vearey, J. (2017) Making research and building knowledge with communities: examanining three participatory visual and narrative projects with migrants who sell sex in South Africa. In: Capous-Desyllas, M. and Morgaine, K. (eds) Creating social change through creativity: Anti-oppressive arts-based research methodologies.  Springer

Vearey, J. (2016) Mobility, migration and generalised HIV epidemics: a focus on sub-Saharan Africa. In: Thomas, F. (ed) Handbook of Migration and Health. Edward Elgar Publishing: UK

Oliveira, E. and Vearey, J. (2016) ‘Know me! But, remember that this is only part of who I am’: a participatory photo research project with migrant women sex workers in inner-city Johannesburg, South Africa. In: Arnold, M. and Meskimmon, M. (eds) Homeland: Migration, Women, Citizenship. Liverpool University Press: Liverpool

Richter, M. and Vearey, J. (2016) Migration and sex work in South Africa: key concerns for gender and health. In: Gideon, J. (ed) Gender and Health Handbook. Edward Elgar Publishing: UK

Vearey, J. and Richter, M. (2015) A World Class African host for whom? Implications of hosting the 2010 Soccer World Cup on the lived experiences of migrant sex workers in Johannesburg, South Africa. In: Bonini Lessing, E. (ed) Design practices for urban safety and security. Il Poligrafo: Padova

Vearey, J. (2013) Migration, urban health and inequality in Johannesburg. In: Migration and Inequality. Bastia, T. (ed). Routledge: London

Vearey, J., Richter, M. and Oliveira, E. (2012) Legal Aspects of Palliative Care: Chapter 10 – Marginalised Groups (including migrants, refugees, asylum seekers, sex workers, prison populations, LGBT people, access to ART). In: Boucher, S., Cameron, S., Colgan, D. and Nieuwmeyer, S. Legal Aspects of Palliative Care. Hospice Palliative Care Association of South Africa & Open Society Foundation South Africa: Cape Town

Vearey, J. (2011) Chapter 5: Migration and health in South Africa: implications for development. In: Segatti, A. and Landau, L. (eds) Contemporary Migration to South Africa: A Regional Development Issue. World Bank and AFD. The World Bank: Washington DC


Articles in non-peer reviewed journals 

Vearey, J. (2018) Migration: A public health priority for South Africa HIV Nursing Matters December 2018 17-21

Vearey, J. (2015) Migration, HIV and access to public health care in Southern Africa Nursing Matters 6(3) 12-15

Oliveira, E. and Vearey, J. (2015) A Photo Essay: Migration and Sex Work in South Africa.  BUWA! Feminism and Culture: A Journal on African Women’s Experiences 1(1) 101 – 113

Vearey, J., Oliveira, E., Madzimure, T. and Ntini, B. (2011) Working the City: experiences of migrant women in inner-city Johannesburg African Media and Diversity Journal 9 228 – 233

Vearey, J. (2010) Migration and Health Delivery Systems in Southern Africa OPENSPACE  (Journal of the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa) 3 (3)


Creative Commons/Open Access Book Series

Oliveira, E., Cooper-Knock, S. and Vearey, J. (eds) (2020) Security at the Margins. SeaM, Wits and University of Edinburgh: Johannesburg

Oliveira, E., Meyers, S. and Vearey, J. (eds) (2016) Queer Crossings. MoVE and ACMS: Johannesburg

Schuler, G., Oliveira, E. and Vearey, J. (eds) (2016) Izwi Lethu. MoVE and ACMS: Johannesburg

Oliveira, E. and Vearey, J. (eds) 2016 The Sex Worker Zine Project MoVE and ACMS: Johannesburg


Working papers, background papers and additional publications

Vearey, J. (2018) Securing borders: The danger of blurring global migration governance and health security agendas in southern Africa Occasional Paper 285, South African Institute for International Affairs (SAIIA)

Oliveira, E. and Vearey, J. (2017) MoVE (methods: visual: explore) Examining the use of participatory visual and narrative methods to explore the lived experience of migrants in Southern AfricaWorking paper #50 Migrating out of Poverty: University of Sussex

Quirk, J., Richter, M., de Gruchy, T. and Vearey, J. (2015) Doing more harm than good: the politics of child trafficking prevention in South Africa Open Democracy September 2015 

Mazars, C., Matsuyama, R., Rispoli, J. and Vearey, J. (2013) The well-being of economic migrants in South Africa: Health, gender and development. Working Paper for the World Migration Report 2013. International Organization for Migration: Geneva 

Vearey,. J. and SAT Regional Team (2010) A focus on youth: developing and implementing evidence-based HIV-prevention with and for youth in Southern Africa. Paper presented at the 3rd HIV/AIDS in the Workplace Research Symposium, Wits Business School / HEARD / SABCOHA, 9th – 11th November 2010

Collinson, M., Vearey, J., Bocquier, P., Drimie, S. and Quinlan, T. (2010)   Reaching the invisible: hidden links of ill health between South Africa’s cities and rural areas. Paper presented at the conference Overcoming inequality and structural poverty in South Africa: Towards inclusive growth and development, Johannesburg, September 2010 

Vearey, J. (2010) Input paper for the Halogen Learning Event on Local Government Responses to HIV and AIDS in Southern and East Africa, Centurion, September 2010

Vearey, J. and Núñez, (2010) Migration and health in South Africa. Background paper produced for IOM/FMSP/UNAIDS/NDOH National Consultation on Migration and Health, Centurion, April 2010


Research reports

Walker, R. and Vearey, J. (2019) Gender, Migration, and Health in SADC: A focus on women and girls. Sonke Gender Justice.

Vearey, J., Wheeler, B. and Jurgens-Bleeker, S. (2011) Migration and Health in SADC – A review of the literature. International Organization for Migration, Pretoria, South Africa.

Vearey, J., Oliveira, E., Wilhelm-Solomon, M. and Mahati, S. (2011) A review of migrant and mobile populations in border areas of SADC: implications for HIV prevention programming. Soul City & ACMS.

Vearey, J., Nunez, L. and Lakika, D. (2011) CSVR. Exploring the psychosocial and health rights of forced migrants in Johannesburg. Research report. CSVR & ACMS.

Vearey, J. (2011) Urbanisation, migration and urban health: exploring effective local government responses in South Africa. Research report. World Vision & ACMS.

Vearey, J. and Núñez, (2010) Migration and health in South Africa: A review of the current situation and recommendations for achieving the World Health Assembly Resolution on the Health of Migrants. International Organization for Migration, Pretoria and FMSP, Wits.

(2010, 2009, 2008, 2007) Contributed to: Protecting Refugees, Asylum Seekers and Immigrants in South Africa, Consortium for Refugees and Migrants in South Africa, Johannesburg.