Keynote speakers

We're had two very stimulating sessions due to our two very special keynote speakers who came to London for our March 2017 From Evidence to Policy Conference. 

Michael Clemens and Julia O'Connell Davidson


Michael Clemens

Michael Clemens very adeptly recorded his own presentation to us, and you can find it here on youtube: Michael Clemens' keynote speech on the 29th of March 2017 at Migrating out of Poverty: From Evidence to Policy conference.

He is a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development, where he studies the economic effects and causes of migration around the world. He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles on migration, development, and impact evaluation, and his research has been awarded the Royal Economic Society Prize. He also serves as a Research Fellow of IZA Institute for the Study of Labor in Bonn, Germany, and is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Population Economics and World Development. He is the author of the book The Walls of Nations, forthcoming from Columbia University Press. Previously, Clemens has been an Affiliated Associate Professor of Public Policy at Georgetown University, a visiting scholar at New York University, and a consultant for the World Bank, Bain & Co., the Environmental Defense Fund, and the United Nations Development Program. He has lived and worked in Colombia, Brazil, and Turkey. He received his PhD from the Department of Economics at Harvard University, specializing in economic development, public finance, and economic history. He is active on social media with an amazing 25.9K followers on Twitter. Follow him at @m_clem, and tweet about our conference #MOOPconf @MigrationRPC. We are very excited to have him join us as a keynote speaker for our conference!


Julia O'Connell Davidson

Julia O'Connell Davidson is a Professor in Social Research at the University of Bristol. She has just completed a Leverhulme Research Fellowship on modern slavery at the University of Nottingham. She is author to many books, the most recent entitled: Modern Slavery: The Margins of Freedom. Julia O’Connell Davidson studied Sociology with Psychology as an undergraduate at the University of Bath (1982-86) and for her PhD in the Department of Sociology at the University of Bristol (1987-90). From 1990 to 2001, she was Lecturer and then Reader in Sociology at the University of Leicester, from 2001 - 2015, she was Professor of Sociology at the University of Nottingham. She has held ESRC awards for projects investigating sex tourism in the Caribbean, and the markets for migrant domestic and sex workers in the UK and Spain, and currently holds a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship for a project titled "Modern Slavery and the Margins of Freedom: Debtors, Detainees and Children". She is active on social media, follow her @criticalslavery and tweet about our conference #MOOPconf @MigrationRPC. Also join her Facebook group: Critical Modern Slavery Studies and while you’re at it, like our Facebook page for Migrating out of Poverty. We are very excited to have her join us as a keynote speaker for our conference!