As the College marks Refugee Week, the Economics Department would like to highlight and congratulate OA economist Alex Teytelboym, who just last week was Highly Commended in the University of Oxford’s 2020 Vice-Chancellor’s Innovation Awards. This recognition is due to his work using machine learning to design a better process for placing resettled refugees into local communities. This pioneering software is now used by an American resettlement agency (HIAS) to maximise the employment opportunities and ensure the best integration outcomes for refugees.
Alex left the College in 2005 and is now an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Oxford. His team’s academic work on refugee resettlement is profiled on their website, https://www.refugees.ai, and press coverage can be found both in the FT (behind a paywall) and in The Atlantic.
Over the course of Refugee Week, our Year 12 economists will discuss Alex’s work to explore how Economics has been used to help refugees, and to consider the political support and opposition to this approach to resettlement. Many congratulations again from all of us in the Economics Department.