Ryan Dicce


I am broadly interested in highly skilled international migration and local economic development, with a regional emphasis on the Middle East. My research examines how places access global flows of highly skilled professionals and attract them to create and sustain local industries. Moreover, I am interested in how local contexts condition both highly skilled migration and the creation of local capacity. My dissertation applies these interests to energy geographies and renewable energy development in an unlikely candidate – the United Arab Emirates (UAE). In particular, this research utilizes an evolutionary economic geography approach to examine whether the UAE is able to leverage its existing hydrocarbon expertise to create and sustain a post-carbon energy sector.

Selected Publications

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

Ewers, M.C. and R. Dicce. 2016. Expatriate labor markets in rapidly globalizing cities: Reproducing the migrant division of labor in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 42(15): 2439-2458.

Ewers, M.C., R. Dicce, J. Poon, J. Chow, and J. Gengler. 2016. Creating and sustaining Islamic financial centers: Bahrain in the wake of financial and political crises. Urban Geography 1-20.

Book Chapters

Ewers, M.C. and R. Dicce. 2017. Expatriate mobility, firm recruitment and local context: Skilled international migration to the rapidly globalizing city of Dubai In M. van Riemsdijk and Q. Wang (Eds.), Rethinking international skilled migration: A place-based and spatial perspective. New York: Routledge. eISBN: 9781315688312

Ewers, M.C. and R. Dicce. Forthcoming. High-Skilled Migration and the Attractiveness of Cities In M. Czaika (Ed.), High-Skilled Migration: Drivers, Dynamics, and Policies. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.


M.S. Geography, Texas A&M University

B.A. Geography, West Chester University of Pennsylvania


Global Academic Fellowship – New York University Abu Dhabi 2012-2013


GEOG 213 – Planet Earth Laboratory

GEOG 304 – Economic Geography

Additional Information

Doctoral Committee

Dr. Christian Brannstrom – Chair

Dr. Wendy Jepson (Department of Geography, Texas A&M University)

Dr. Michael Ewers (Social and Economic Survey Research Institute (SESRI), Qatar)

Dr. F. Gregory Gause, III (Department of International Affairs, Bush School, Texas A&M University)

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