Harris Manchester College
University of Oxford
Fellows & Staff - Governing Body

Dr Isabel Ruiz

Dr Isabel Ruiz is the Official Fellow and Tutor in Economics at Harris Manchester College.


PhD, MA (Western Michigan University, USA), BBA (Universidad EAFIT, Colombia)


International Economics and Finance, International Development

Research Interests:

Dr. Ruiz has published on topics related to international capital flows (foreign direct investment and workers' remittances) and in the importance institutions in Latin America (particularly the cases of Mexico and Colombia). She is also interested in international migration with an emphasis in forced migration. Her recent publications include "The Economics of Forced Migration" (2013) in the Journal of Developing Studies, “The Impact of Crime and Insecurity on Trust in Democracy and Institutions” in the American Economic Review (2013) and “The Impact of FDI on CO2 Emissions in Latin America” (2012) in Oxford Development Studies.

She is currently part of the research team for the project “The Labour Market Impacts of Forced Migration” (funded by UK DFID and IZA).


Dr. Ruiz teaches for the undergraduate degrees in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) and Economics and Management (EM) at Harris Manchester College. She teaches the first-year economics as well as core papers in economics for second year students. She also teaches the Economics of Development Countries for third year students at the University.

Department Information:

Department of Economics

Other affiliations:

Dr. Ruiz is a research associate at the Centre on Migration Policy and Society (COMPAS) at Oxford, and adjunct researcher at Universidad EAFIT (Medellin, Colombia). She has also been a visiting lecturer at the Maastricht Graduate School of Governance at Maastricht University (Netherlands).

Contact Information:

Email: isabel.ruiz@hmc.ox.ac.uk

Link to books, book chapters and articles in peer review journals:

Link to Dr Isabel Ruiz professional website