Ceren Ozgen

Ceren Ozgen

The Department of Economics
Associate Professor in Economics

Contact details

Department of Economics
University House
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Ceren Ozgen is an applied economist who works at the intersection of labour and urban economics. She received the Marie-Sklodowska Curie Fellowship from the European Commission and a is research fellow at IZA. She has published extensively on impact of international migration, firm innovation and economic growth. Her recent research focuses on technological change, skills mismatch, green innovation and green jobs.

She is currently the UoB director of University of Birmingham - VU Amsterdam Big Data and Economics Research Network (BVRN). The BVRN is a network of academics at the University of Birmingham and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam undertaking data-driven economic analyses of urban, environment, labour and migration-related topics.

Together with her colleagues, she has been awarded an ESRC/UKRI grant£1,402,000 (2022) for the Diversity and UK Firm Performance project. 

For a full list of publications please read Ceren's CV


PhD. Economics. VU University Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2008-2013.

MSc. Economics.  University of Trento, Italy, 2004-2005.


2022- Associate Professor, Department of Economics, University of Birmingham

2019-2022-Lecturer, Department of Economics, University of Birmingham

2016-2019-Marie-Sklodowska Curie Fellow, Department of Economics and IRiS, University of Birmingham

2015-2016-Postdoc researcher, Department of Spatial Economics, VU University Amsterdam

2014-2015-Postdoc researcher, Migration Policy Centre, European University Institute Florence 

Spring 2024-Associate Staff, London School of Economics

Spring 2011-Visiting fellow, National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis, University of Waikato, New Zealand


  • Global Economy – UG 2024
  • Econometrics – UG 2022
  • Advance Quantative Analysis – UG 2021
  • Professional Development – UG 2020, 2022
  • IRiS Spring School on Migration – PG (2019)

Postgraduate supervision

  • Wenjing Kuai (2018-2021), Fully funded by the Chinese Government and UoB. Graduated. Placement in The University of Tokyo. 
  • Hiromi Yumoto (2019-2022), Fully funded by the Japanese Government and the World Bank. Placement in University of Essex.
  • Yihong Zheng (2023-present)
  • Camila Orbegozo (2024-present)


Labour economics (Innovation, technological change, skills, green jobs, international migration)

Urban economics (Cities and technology, diversity and innovation, urban theory, BIG data).

Other activities


Keynotes, Research councils and Advisory committees

  • Invited speaker for Battle of Ideas 2019,Migration and Depopulation in Twenty-First-Century Europe” Session, Birmingham.
  • Invited speaker for Keynote Session at 11th IMISCOE Conference, Immigration, Social Cohesion & Social Innovation, Madrid 2014 (IMISCOE is the largest European network of scholars in the area of migration with 56 member institutes and over 1000 scholars).
  • External reviewer for Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR), doctoral funding scheme PRIDE 2019.
  • External reviewer for annual BSF competition for research grants, United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation, 2018.
  • External reviewer for Singapore Ministry of Education Social Science Research Thematic Grants, 2017.
  • External reviewer for Social Sciences and Humanities Section, Research Council of Canada for Insight Grants, 2014.
  • Advisory group member and External reviewer for Council of Europe, Directorate of Democratic Governance, Culture and Diversity, 2014.

Policy and Press Coverage

  • Articles purely on my research have appeared in: The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, The Times, The Conversation, The Irish Times, The 'I', Público (Portugese national newspaper), Algemeen Dagblad and NL Times (Dutch national newspapers).
  • TV networks on which my research has been discussed: MSNBC (USA TV channel), ORF (Austrian National TV channel), Brabant news (local Dutch TV channel).
  • Online science media articles explicitly on my research: VoxEU, The Register (40 million readers worldwide), French online media Reaction Atlántico, The World Economic Forum, TheScientist, Scientias, Bnnvara/Zembla (Reputable investigative journalism), Transform, Respro® Bulletin Board, Heidi News (Swiss science media).
  • Legal and Economic Integration of Refugees:: What Works?’ In Migration, displacement and diversity: The IRiS anthology., 177-182 (withM Cole, H Yumoto).
  • ‘Immigration and Firm Innovation in Western-Europe: Understanding the Channels of Influence’, Migration Policy Centre, European University Institute, Florence. Policy Brief, No. 2015/01.
  • ‘Meer innovatie door buitenlanders?! (More innovation by foreigners?!)’, Report released by Panteia Netherlands (an organization for policy research & consultancy) in 2012.
  • Evidence Briefing on Immigration and innovation in European regions prepared for the UK’s ESRC presented to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, 2011.
  • Research covered in The Wall Street Journal Blogs (Real Time Economics) titled “McDonald’s Economics”, May 12th, 2011
  • Research report on "Migration Impact Assessment: An Overview, Tentative Findings and a Framework", Commissioned by FORUM (Utrecht), 2009, (with Peter Nijkamp, Tüzin Baycan-Levent, Masood Gheasi, Simonetta Longhi, Enno Masurel, Jacques Poot, Mediha Sahin)


Highlight publications

Acemoglu, D, Koster, HRA & Ozgen, C 2023 'Robots and Workers: Evidence from the Netherlands' NBER working paper series, no. 31009, National Bureau of Economic Research. https://doi.org/10.3386/w31009

Koster, HRA & Ozgen, C 2021, 'Cities and tasks', Journal of Urban Economics, vol. 126, 103386. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jue.2021.103386

Recent publications


Elliott, R, Maddison, D, Kuai, W & Ozgen, C 2024, 'Eco-innovation and (green) employment: A task-based approach to measuring the composition of work in firms', Journal of Environmental Economics and Management.

Lui-Farrer, G, Green, A, Ozgen, C & Cole, M 2023, 'Immigration and labor shortages: learning from Japan and the United Kingdom', Asian and Pacific Migration Journal. https://doi.org/10.1177/01171968231188532

Ozgen, C 2021, 'The economics of diversity: Innovation, productivity and the labour market', Journal of Economic Surveys, vol. 35, no. 4, pp. 1168-1216. https://doi.org/10.1111/joes.12433

Cole, M, Ozgen, C & Strobl, E 2020, 'Air pollution exposure and Covid‑19 in Dutch municipalities', Environmental and Resource Economics, vol. 76, no. 4, pp. 581–610. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10640-020-00491-4

Carmichael, F, Darko, C, Ercolani, M, Ozgen, C & Siebert, S 2020, 'Evidence on intergenerational income transmission using complete Dutch population data', Economics Letters, vol. 189, 108996. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.econlet.2020.108996

Ozgen, C 2017, 'The elusive effects of workplace diversity on innovation', Papers in Regional Science, pp. 29-49. https://doi.org/10.1111/pirs.12176

Ozgen, C, Peters, C, Niebuhr, A, Nijkamp, P & Poot, J 2014, 'Does cultural diversity of migrant employees affect innovation?', International Migration Review, vol. 48, no. Supplement 1, 12138, pp. S377-S416. <http://10.1111/imre.12138>

Ozgen, C, Nijkamp, P & Poot, J 2013, 'The Impact of Cultural Diversity on Firm Innovation: Evidence from Dutch micro-data', IZA: Journal of Migration, vol. 2, no. 18, 18(2013). <https://izajodm.springeropen.com/articles/10.1186/2193-9039-2-18>

Ozgen, C, Nijkamp, P & Poot, J 2010, 'The Effect of Migration on Income Growth and Convergence: Meta-Analytic Evidence', Papers in Regional Science, vol. 89. <https://rsaiconnect.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1435-5957.2010.00313.x>

Chapter (peer-reviewed)

de Graaff, T, Arribas-Bel, D & Ozgen, C 2017, Demographic Aging and Employment Dynamics in German Regions: Modeling Regional Heterogeneity. in Modelling Aging and Migration Effects on Spatial Labor Markets. Springer Verlag.

Ozgen, C, Nijkamp, P & Poot, J 2012, Immigration and Innovation in European Regions. In Migration Impact Assessment: New Horizons. in Immigration and Innovation in European Regions. In Migration Impact Assessment: New Horizons. <https://www.elgaronline.com/display/edcoll/9780857934574/9780857934574.xml>

Working paper

Elliott, R, Kuai, W, Ozgen, C & Maddison, D 2021 'Eco-Innovation and Employment: A Task-Based Analysis' IZA Discussion Paper Series, no. 14028, IZA – Institute of Labor Economics, pp. 1-69. <https://www.iza.org/publications/dp/14028/eco-innovation-and-employment-a-task-based-analysis>

Darko, C, Carmichael, F, Ercolani, M, Siebert, S & Ozgen, C 2019 'Evidence on intergenerational income transition using complete Dutch population data' IZA – Institute of Labor Economics. <https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3475800 >

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