Martin Ruhs

Martin Ruhs

Associate Professor of Political Economy and Senior Researcher at COMPAS

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Martin Ruhs is Associate Professor of Political Economy at Oxford University, where he is also Director of Studies in Economics at the Department for Continuing Education; Senior Researcher at COMPAS; Research Associate at the Department of Social Policy and Intervention; Associate Faculty at the Blavatnik School of Government; and a Fellow of Kellogg College.

Martin’s research focuses on the economics and politics of international labour migration, with a strong international comparative dimension. Recent books include The Price of Rights. Regulating International Labour Migration and Who Needs Migrant Workers? Labour Shortages, Immigration and Public Policy (with B. Anderson).

Most of Martin’s work addresses key questions and dilemmas in public policy-making. Martin has provided policy analysis and advice for various national governments and international institutions including the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the OECD, the European Commission and the Swedish Presidency of the European Union. In 2008-09 he was Specialist Advisor to an inquiry by the Economic Affairs Committee of the House of Lords into the economic impacts of immigration. During 2009-12, he was director of Oxford University’s Migration Observatory. During 2007-14, Martin was a member of the UK’s Migration Advisory Committee (MAC), an independent body of five academic economists tasked to advise the UK government on labour immigration policy. Martin has written for the New York Times, Financial Times and the Guardian.

Martin has led an Impact Case Study for the REF2014 (Department of Social Policy and Intervention):

He tweets at @MartinRuhs and runs a blog on international migration and public policy:

Teaching and Supervision

Martin is Director of Studies in Economics at the Department for Continuing Education. He also teaches courses for the Masters of Public Policy (MPP) at the Blavatnik School of Government (BSG) and the Duke in Oxford Summer School. Martin developed an online course on "International Labour Migration: Economics, Politics and Ethics" for which you can register here. He is currently writing another online course on "Mixing It Up: Understanding and Using Mixed Methods in the Social Sciences" which will launch in January 2016.

Martin welcomes inquiries from students interested in doing a DPhil on a part-time basis (50-75%). Martin is interested in supervising students on topics that fall within the broad field of political economy of globalization and public policy (including, of course, migration!).



Current Research Projects

Recent Publications (2013-)

Ruhs, M (2015) 'Is unrestricted immigration compatible with inclusive welfare states? The (un)sustainability of EU exceptionalism', COMPAS Working Paper WP-15-125.

Ruhs, M (2015) 'Opening borders and protecting migrants: A response to Francisco Alba and David McKenzie', part of 'Review Symposium: The Price of Rights by Martin Ruhs', Migration Studies.
Ruhs, M (2014) 'Immigration and Labour Market Protectionism: Protecting Local Workers' Preferential Access to the National Labour Market', chapter 4 in Migrants at Work: Immigration and Vulnerability in Labour Law, edited by Cathryn Costello and Mark Freedland, Oxford University Press
Ruhs, M. and N. Van Hear (2014) 'Irregular migration as a response to geopolitical shocks: The long-term effects of short-term policies', European University Institute 

Ruhs, M. (2013) The Price of Rights: Regulating International Labor Migration, Princeton University Press,

Full list of publications