Dr Carlos Vargas-Silva
is an economist and senior researcher at COMPAS and a member of the Migration Observatory team, primarily working on projects in the Labour Markets cluster. Carlos has been a consultant in migration related projects for several international and policy agencies including the Asian Development Bank, European Commission, the Inter-American Development Bank, World Bank, UK Home Office and the United Nations University. He is an Associate Editor of the journal Migration Studies.
Professor Lydia Morris
is Professor of Sociology and member of the Human Rights Centre at the University of Essex. She has a background in sociology, politics and anthropology and has researched and published on the topics of inequality, gender, migration, welfare, and human rights. She is the author of Workings of the Household (1990), Dangerous Classes (1994), Social Divisions (1995), Managing Migration (2002), Asylum, Welfare and the Cosmopolitan Ideal (2010) and Human Rights and Social Theory (2013).
Professor Irena Kogan
is Professor of Comparative Sociology at the University of Mannheim. She is the author of a number of articles in international journals dealing with immigrants’ labour market integration and social stratification. Her book publications include a monograph, Working through Barriers: Host country institutions and immigrant labour market performance in Europe (Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer, 2007), and Europe enlarged: A handbook of education, labour and welfare regimes in Central and Eastern Europe (Bristol, UK: Policy Press, 2008) and Making the Transition: Education and Labor Market Entry in Central and Eastern Europe (Palo Alto: Stanford University Press, 2011).
Dr Alexey Bessudnov
is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and a Research Fellow at the Centre for Advanced Studies at the National Research University Higher School of Economics in Moscow (to become a Lecturer in Quantitative Sociology at the University of Exeter in September 2014). He has published his research in the European Journal of Public Health and Studies in Higher Education.
Professor Joaquín Arango
is Professor of Sociology at the Complutense University of Madrid and Director, Center for the Study of Migration and Citizenship, Ortega y Gasset Research Institute. Until May 2012 he was President of Spain’s National Forum for the Social Integration of Immigrants. He is co-Editor of the Spanish Immigration and Immigration Policies Yearbook and sit on the editorial boards of several scientific journals and a number of advisory committees. He is presently involved in European research projects dealing with irregular migration, the impact of admission policies on integration, attitudes towards immigration and diversity, and migrant domestic workers. He has worked as an expert for the European Commission, the Council of Europe, OECD, ILO, UNECE, Eurostat and other international institutions.
Professor Stephen Castles
is Research Chair in Sociology at the University of Sydney. He was Professor of Migration and Refugee Studies and Director of the International Migration Institute (IMI) at the University of Oxford until August 2009. From 2001-2006, he was Director of the Refugee Studies Centre at Oxford University. He has carried out research on migration and multicultural societies in Europe, Africa, Australia and Asia. From 1986 to 2000 he was Professor of Sociology and Director of the Centre for Multicultural Studies and then Director of the Centre for Asia Pacific Social Transformation Studies, at the University of Wollongong, Australia. From 1994 to 2001, he helped establish the UNESCO-MOST Asia Pacific Migration Research Network. He has been an advisor to the Australian and British Governments, and has worked for the ILO, the IOM and the European Union. Recent books: (with Miller, M.). The Age of Migration: International Population Movements in the Modern World, 2009; (with Schierup, C., Hansen, P.). Migration, Citizenship and the European Welfare State: A European Dilemma, 2006.
Dr Demetrios G. Papademetriou
is President and Co-Founder of the Migration Policy Institute, a Washington-based think tank dedicated exclusively to the study of international migration. He is also President of Migration Policy Institute Europe, a non-profit, independent research institute in Brussels that aims to promote a better understanding of migration trends within Europe; serves on MPI Europe’s Administrative Council; and chairs the Advisory Board of the Open Society Foundations’ (OSF) International Migration Initiative. He is also the convener of the Transatlantic Council on Migration, and convenes and co-directs the Regional Migration Study Group, an initiative that has proposed and is promoting multi-stakeholder support for new regional and collaborative approaches to migration, competitiveness, and human-capital development for the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Central America. He co-founded Metropolis: An International Forum for Research and Policy on Migration and Cities and has served as Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Migration (2009-11); Chair of the Migration Committee of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD); Director for Immigration Policy and Research at the U.S. Department of Labor and Chair of the Secretary of Labor’s Immigration Policy Task Force. Editor of the International Migration Review, he published more than 270 books, articles, monographs, and research reports on migration topics, and advises foundations and other grant-making organizations and senior government and political party officials.
Dr Jan Schneider
is Head of the Research Unit of the Expert Council of German Foundations on Integration and Migration (SVR). He has worked as Research Associate at the German Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) and taught Migration Policy at the University of Halle-Wittenberg and at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. He is an affiliated Research Fellow at the Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWI), Co-Editor of the newsletter “Migration and Bevoelkerung” and Member of the Editorial Board of the European Website on Integration (EWSI).
Professor Giovanna Zincone
former Professor of Political Sciences, is President of Fieri, a Turin (Italy) based think tank, which is devoted to establishing an interaction between the migration studies and the migration policies, implemented both at national and local level. She has published extensively on gender discrimination, the migration policies and the citizenship in Europe and is a member of the editorial committee of several international journals. She was a member of the Management Committee of the EC-COST A2 on Migration (1992-1995) and president of the Commission for the integration appointed by the Italian Government (2000-2005). Since 2006 she has been advisor for the problems of social cohesion of the President of the Italian Republic.
is Director Group Public Affairs of GiGroup. Gi Group provides recruitment, staffing and workforce management services to local and national clients of all sizes, placing temporary and permanent staff into work across all market sectors. It is a private employment agency that finds employment annually for thousands of migrants, particularly skilled migrants. It is an important stakeholder to have on our advisory board which will provide a crucial link to employers as well.
Dr Omar Khan
is Runnymede’s Trust Acting Director. Prior to this he was Runnymede’s Head of Policy and led the financial inclusion programme. Omar sits on the Department for Work and Pensions’ Ethnic Minority Advisory Group. He is also a 2012 Clore Social Leadership Fellow. His other advisory positions include chair of Olmec (a social enterprise), the 2011 Census, the Household Longitudinal Survey, the Electoral Reform Society, the Payments Council, and as the UK representative on the European Commission’s Socio-economic network of experts. Dr Khan has also published many articles and reports on political theory and British political history for Runnymede over the past eight years and has spoken on topics including multiculturalism, integration, socio-economic disadvantage, and positive action. These include giving evidence to the United Nations in Geneva, the European Parliament in Strasbourg, on Capitol Hill in Washington DC, academic conferences in Manchester, Oxford, Paris, and Warsaw, the CRE Race Convention, the Lithuanian Centre for Human Rights, a Treasury/DFID conference on remittances, St George’s House (Windsor Castle), Wilton Park, and many other engagements in the UK and Europe. In order to effectively overcome racial inequality in our society, the Runnymede Trust believes that democratic dialogue, policy, and practice, should all be based on reliable evidence from rigorous research and thorough analysis. Their authoritative research-based interventions in social policy and practice, and their public engagement with decision makers, assist policy-makers, practitioners, and citizens, to reduce the risk of our society being blighted by racism and discrimination to the detriment of society.