Rachel Marangozov

BA, MPhil, PhD

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Senior Research Fellow


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Rachel Marangozov (nee Pillai) has over a decade of experience in public policy research relating to the labour market disadvantage among minority ethnic and migrant communities, both here in the UK and in European Member States. Her work has also covered other aspects of migrant integration and community cohesion and she has worked on a number of equality and diversity projects at IES, and in her previous role at the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR). She is a Director of MigrationWork CIC, which helps communities, policymakers, and practitioners respond to migration in practical and evidence-based ways.

Dr Marangozov has held a number of advisory positions in the past, including for the UK Parliament and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, and is a Fellow at the London School of Economics. She holds M. Phil and PhD degrees from the University of Cambridge.

Her media work includes articles for the Guardian; commentary for the Financial Times and BBC news online; television interviews for ORS Austrian Broadcasting Services, BBC News 24, BBC lunchtime news and BBC London evening news; and radio interviews for BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC local radio. Dr. Marangozov is also a blogger for the Huffington Post.


2004 University of Cambridge PhD, International Studies
2001 University of Cambridge MPhil, International Studies
2000 University of Sussex BA, International Relations


2005‑2007 Research Fellow, Institute for Public Policy Research (ippr)

Research publications

Articles and chapters

Conference appearances

  • Migrant voices: Engaging migrants in ESF processes and policies, Marangozov R, European Social Fund Transnational Platform Conference 2017, European Commission, Brussels, June 2017
  • Potential Brexit implications for the UK labour market, skills and employment law, Marangozov R, Broughton A, Brexit forum on citizenship, Centre for European Law and Internationalisation, Leicester, March 2017
  • Brexit and beyond: A perfect storm for our nursing workforce?, Marangozov R, NHS National Temporary Staffing Conference 2017, East of England NHS Collaborative Procurement Hub, Newmarket, March 2017
  • Promoting a progressive agenda on migration and integration at the city level, Marangozov R, Asylum, Refugee & Migration Network, Association of Charitable Foundations, York, March 2017
  • Launch of report on the integration of immigrants, Marangozov R, Panel discussion, All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Social Integration, London, January 2017
  • Peer review methods and practice, Marangozov R, EU IMPART Learning Network, Bonn, March 2011
  • Work-focused services in children’s centres, Marangozov R, 2nd Annual Conference, Tackling Worklessness through Local Partnerships, Neil Stewart Associates, London, October 2010
  • Moderator, Peer review training seminar, Marangozov R, ESF IMPART Learning Network, Bonn, June 2010
  • Moderator: Increasing the Participation of Migrants and Ethnic Minorities in Employment, Marangozov R, ESF Learning Network peer review, Berlin, April 2010
  • Moderator: Increasing the Participation of Migrants and Ethnic Minorities in Employment, Marangozov R, ESF Learning Network, Berlin, September 2009
  • Human rights and the working conditions of migrants in the UK, Pillai R, The Migrant Workforce and the UK Economy – the effect of new legislation, Westminster Legal Policy Forum, London, July 2009
  • Assessing Migrant Skills and Competencies, Pillai R, ESF Thematic Working Group on Increasing the Participation of Migrants in the Labour Market, Brussels, June 2009
  • Panel member, Pillai R, Macpherson Breakfast debate, Equality and Human Rights Commission, London, January 2009
  • Meanings of Citizenship in the 21st Century: Legal and Civic Notions of Citizenship and the Implications for Social and Economic Inclusion, Pillai R, Exploring Canada's Diversity, Today and Tomorrow, Metropolis Roundtable, Toronto, 2007
  • Migrant integration in the UK, Pillai R, Integrating Migrants in Europe, Cicero Foundation, Paris, 2007
  • Whose Brand is it Anyway?, Pillai R, Urban Enterprise Network Seminar, London, 2007
  • Immigration and social cohesion, Pillai R, Private meeting of the Communities and Local Government Select Committee, London, 2007
  • Multiculturalism in the UK, Pillai R, Multiculturalism and Immigration in Europe, Cicero Foundation, Paris, 2006
  • Realising opportunity, integration and social justice, Pillai R, Migrant Enterprise and Regeneration, Migrant Workers and Regeneration Symposium, Fraserburgh, 2006
  • Embracing Immigration?, Pillai R, Encounter Conference: Embracing immigration?, Dublin, 2006
  • Destination North East? Harnessing the regional potential of migration, Pillai R, Gateshead County Council Conference, Newcastle, 2006
  • Making Integration Work: The realities and challenges of integration and diversity in the UK, Pillai R, Making Integration Work, Norwegian Directorate of Immigration and Diversity, Oslo, 2006
  • Mind the Gap. Gender Inequalities and the Women and Work Commission report, Pillai R, Fabian Women's Network, London, 2006
  • Immigration and integration, Pillai R, Communities and Local Government Select Committee away day, 2006
  • Destination North East? Harnessing the regional potential of migration, Pillai R, Presentation to select MPs, Westminister, 2006

Advisory roles and affiliations

  • Chair, MigrationWork Trust (2017 - present)
  • Expert, European Commission ESF Thematic Network on Migrants (2017 - present)
  • Member of the Emerging Researchers Board of the International Longevity Centre (2016 - present)
  • Specialist Adviser to the Inquiry into immigration and integration by the All Party Parliamentary Group for Social Integration (2016 - present)
  • Adviser and mentor, UpRising leadership programme (2013 - present)
  • Director, MigrationWork CIC (2013 - present)
  • Fellow, London School of Economics (2012 - present)
  • External expert and network moderator, EU learning network on Increasing the Participation of Migrants and Ethnic Minorities in Employment (2009 - 2012)
  • Specialist Adviser to the Parliamentary inquiry into Migration and Social Cohesion (2007 - 2009)