Dr Ruhs' research focuses on the economics and politics of international labour migration, with a strong international comparative dimension. He has advised a number of 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 and from 2007-14 he 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.
- Labour immigration (theories, impacts, policies)
- Migrant rights
- EU enlargement and migration
- Ethical issues in migration policy
- Temporary migration; illegality in migration
Dr Ruhs has extensive media experience, both print and broadcast.