Dr Madeleine Sumption

Director, Migration Observatory


Dr Madeleine Sumption is the Director of the Migration Observatory. She is a policy specialist focusing on the impacts of migration policies and the role of migrants in the labour market.

Research interests include the design of immigration policies and their economic and social impacts, labour migration, and the interaction between the economics and politics of migration policies. Recent areas of focus include government policies towards immigrant investors, the impacts of Brexit on the UK’s immigration system, and the implementation of the EU Settlement Scheme.

Dr Sumption is a member of the Migration Advisory Committee, an independent panel that advises the UK Government on migration issues. From 2017 to 2022, she was Chair of Migration Statistics User Forum, which brings together producers and users of migration data.

Before joining Oxford, Dr Sumption was Director of Research for the international program at the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) in Washington, DC. She remains a Non-resident Fellow with Migration Policy Institute Europe. Dr Sumption holds a PhD in Public Policy from the University of Maastricht. In 2017, she received an MBE for services to social science.