Martin Ruhs is University Lecturer in Political Economy at the Department for Continuing Education, a Fellow of Kellogg College, and Senior Research Fellow at the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS) where he has directed the Migration Observatory since Jan 2010. Martin is also an Associate Member of the Department of Economics.
Martin's research focuses on the economics and politics of international labour migration, with a strong international comparative dimension. Publications include The Price of Rights. Regulating International Labour 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 teaches at the Department for Continuing Education, the Blavatnik School of Government and at ISCA/ODID.
In addition to his academic work and teaching, 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. 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.