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Marta Foresti

Executive Director, ODI Europe

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Marta is the Director of ODI Europe and she also leads our Human Mobility Initiative, managing the institute engagement on migration at global, regional and local level. She is Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Global Affairs and the London School of Economics. She is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Migration Policy and Practice as well as of the board of PorCausa.org.

Marta is the Executive Director of ODI Europe and leads the institute’s work in the region as well as ODI’s migration portfolio. Her interests include the political economy of development and reform, migration and human mobility, urban development the future of cities, data and design.

Before joining ODI she worked as a Senior Policy Adviser at the Italian Ministry of Finance where she advised the ministerial team on local development policies and programmes. She has over 20 years of research, policy formulation and delivery, as well as management experience and has an interest in applied social research methodologies and policy evaluation. She holds a master degrees in logic and philosophy of science from the London School of Economics and from Milan State University.

  1. What drives reform? A political economy analysis of migration policy in Morocco

    Research reports

  2. Migrant key workers: time to act

  3. An ode to key workers

  4. Public narratives and attitudes towards refugees and other migrants: US country profile

    Briefing/policy papers

  5. The UK leaves, we stay: introducing ODI Europe

  6. Financing livelihoods and inclusion in forced displacement contexts


  7. 2019 UK General Election and immigration: party manifestos explained

  8. Dear European Commission president: four priorities to demonstrate global leadership

  9. Deaths in the Mediterranean – reaction quote and expert available

    Press Release

  10. Dear Prime Minister, five priorities for the UK government

  11. Moving and learning: rethinking education and skills for global migration


  12. Five priorities for the new World Bank president

  13. Migration: a driver of development


  14. STATEMENT: ODI response to the International Development Committee’s report on forced displacement in Africa

    Press Release

  15. 163 states just approved the Global Compact for Migration. Now what?

  16. STATEMENT: States must maintain commitment for Global Compact for Migration to ensure safety of migrants

    Press Release

  17. Innovative proposals to enhance migration for development


  18. Migration Policy Practice 8(3): September – October 2018


  19. Global Compact for Migration: from political to practical


  20. Migration and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development


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