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 the Oxford University Department for Continuing Education, and Senior Researcher at COMPAS. Martin is also an Associate Member of the Department of Economics, the Department of Social Policy and Intervention and the Blavatnik School of Government.

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 Labor Migration (Princeton University Press 2013, and Who Needs Migrant Workers? Labour Shortages, Immigration and Public Policy (co-edited with Bridget Anderson, Oxford University Press, 2010 and 2012).

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 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 the first Director of Oxford University’s Migration Observatory. Martin is currently 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 is a regular commentator on migration issues in the media and makes an occasional appearance on Twitter: @MartinRuhs

Visit Martin's blog on international labour migration and the rights of migrant workers:

Teaching and Supervision

Martin teaches courses for the Masters of Public Policy (MPP) at the Blavatnik School of Government (BSG), the MSc Migration Studies at the Department for International Development, and the “Duke in Oxford” Summer School. He is currently developing an online course on "The Political Economy of International Labour Migration" to be launched in 2014.

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

Ruhs, M. (2013) 'Towards a post-2015 development agenda: What role for migrant rights and international labour migration?', Background Paper for the European Report on Development 2013, ODI, DIE and ECPDM.

Ruhs, M. and Anderson, B. (2013) ‘Migrant Workers: Inevitability or Policy Choice?’ in Making Migration Work. The future of labour migration in the European Union edited by Jan Willem Holtslag, Monique Kremer and Erik Schrijvers, Dutch Scientific Council for Government Policy (WRR) – also available in Dutch.

Ruhs, M. and Anderson B. (2013) 'Responding to Employers: Skills, Shortages and Sensible Immigration Policy', in Jurado, E. and Brochmann, G. (Eds), Europe's Immigration Challenge: Reconciling Work, Welfare and Mobility. I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd

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