Dr Sarah Spencer CBE

sarah spencer

Research Affiliate

Dr Sarah Spencer is a Senior Fellow at COMPAS where she was Director of the Global Exchange on Migration and Diversity from its inception in 2014 until March 2019. She is a former Deputy Director of COMPAS and, from 2018-2022, was Chair of the Board of Directors of IMISCOE, the International Migration Research Network.

Sarah’s research and publications focus on migrants with an irregular status including currently, as PI on Local Responses to Precarious Migrants: Frames, Strategies and Evolving Practices in Europe (LoReMi); on integration, human rights and equality issues. Sarah was awarded her doctorate at Erasmus University Rotterdam, has an MPhil from University College London and took her first degree at the University of Nottingham.

At the Global Exchange on Migration and Diversity, Sarah was Director of its Autumn Academy symposium from 2016-2018 and responsible for its award-winning online tool to assess the eligibility of migrant families for local authority support. Until September 2021, she was Co-Director of the City Initiative on Migrants with Irregular Status in Europe (C-MISE) with Nicola Delvino, with whom she won a 2021 Excellence in Impact Award. Prior to Oxford, Sarah was Chair of the national network of equality organisations, the Equality and Diversity Forum; Deputy Chair of the Commission for Racial Equality; and Director of Liberty.