Dr Sarah Spencer CBE

sarah spencer

Research Affiliate

Sarah Spencer is a Research Affiliate of the School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography, and 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 currently Chair of the Board of Directors of IMISCOE, the International Migration Research Network. Sarah’s research interests focus on migrants with irregular status, including, currently, Local Responses to Precarious Migrants: Frames, Strategies and Evolving Practices in Europe (LoReMi, 2021-2022); on integration (on which she collaborated with Katharine Charsley, University of Bristol), 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; responsible for Oxford’s contribution to the Urban Innovative Action project in Utrecht, the Refugee Launchpad; and for an award-winning online tool to assess the eligibility of migrant families for local authority support. Until September 2021, Sarah 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.