I am Associate Professor of Political Economy at Oxford University, where I am also Director of Studies in Economics at the Department for Continuing Education and Research Associate at the: Centre on Migration, Policy and Society; Department of Social Policy and Intervention; Department of Economics; and Blavatnik School of Government. I am a Fellow of Kellogg College.
My 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). View my research page.
Most of my work addresses key questions and dilemmas in public policy-making. I have 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, ASEAN, the European Commission and the Swedish Presidency of the European Union. In 2008-09 I 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, I was director of Oxford University’s Migration Observatory. During 2007-14, I 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. I have written for the New York Times, Financial Times and the Guardian.
Some of the “impact” of my work is described in my Impact Case Study for the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014.