Martin Ruhs is an economist specialising in the economics and politics of labour immigration, with a strong international comparative dimension. He has conducted studies of the impacts and policy implications of labour immigration in the UK, Ireland, the US, Thailand and Kuwait. His recent research and publications have focused on migrants in low wage jobs in the UK, employer demand for migrant labour, illegality in migrant labour markets, temporary migration programmes and migrant rights. Martin teaches a graduate course on "The economics and politics of international labour migration"
In addition to his academic work, Martin has provided policy analysis and advice for various national governments and international institutions including the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), the Global Commission on International Migration (GCIM), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Swedish Presidency of the European Union. 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 Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) which advises the UK government on labour immigration policy. He is a fellow of Kellogg College, Oxford.