Human Mobility Initiative

Migration and SDGs

Human mobility is a reality: people have always moved, and always will. Well managed migration can help reduce poverty, fulfil aspirations and improve outcomes for all. Unlocking this potential is the greatest challenge – and opportunity – of the 21st century. In the current political climate, this requires innovative ideas and joint action, to ‘do migration differently’.

Hosted by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), in collaboration with the London School of Economics Institute of Global Affairs (LSE IGA) and the Center for Global Development (CGD), the Human Mobility Initiative (HMI) provides a new platform to:

  • Investigate and address knowledge gaps through research and analysis, working in close collaboration with policy-makers.
  • Identify different policy options, and viable political entry points, to tackle the reality of global migration.  
  • Convene debates and people across disciplines to bring the reality of migration to the attention of new audiences and policy actors who can make a difference.
  • Connect global debates with local action to positively impact development outcomes at different levels.

Find out more on what we do, who we are, our advisory group and our funders and partners.

What we do

Our advisory group
  • Charlotte Alfred – Managing Editor, News Deeply – USA and United Kingdo
  • Erik Berglof – Director, Institute of Global Affairs, London School of Economics (LSE) – United Kingdom
  • Jørgen Carling – Research Professor, Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) – Norway
  • Michael Clemens – Co-Director of Migration, Displacement and Humanitarian Policy and Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development (CGD) – USA
  • Tim Cole – Migration Envoy, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) – United Kingdom
  • Jason Gagnon – Economist, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) – France
  • Andrew Geddes – Professor in Migration Studies and Director, Migration Policy Centre (MPC), European University Institute – Italy
  • Lukas Gehrke – Director, International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) – Austria
  • Nadia Idries – Solicitor and Senior Manager, Price Waterhouse Coopers (PWC) – United Kingdom
  • Michele Klein-Solomon – Director of the Global Compact for Migration, and Senior Policy Adviser to the Director General, International Organization for Migration (IOM) – Switzerland
  • Jane Leu – Founder, Migration Ventures – USA
  • Nassim Majidi – Co-Director, Samuel Hall – Kenya
  • Claire Melamed – Chief Exective Officer, The Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data – United Kingdom
  • Tuesday Reitano – Deputy Director, Global Initiative Against Transnational Organised Crime – Switzerland
  • Melissa Siegel – Head of Migration Studies, Maastricht University – The Netherlands
  • Federico Soda – Director, International Organization for Migration (IOM) Mediterranean Region/Italy/Holy See – Italy
  • Joseph Teye – Director, Centre for Migration Studies, University of Ghana – Ghana
  • Alan Winters – Professor of Economics, University of Sussex – United Kingdom