Dr Omar Hammoud Gallego

Dr Omar Hammoud Gallego

Fellow in Political Science & Public Policy

School of Public Policy

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Key Expertise
Migration, Asylum, Latin America, Europe, Democracy

About me

Dr. Omar Hammoud-Gallego is a political and social data scientist, currently a Fellow in Political Science and Public Policy at the LSE School of Public Policy. His research focuses on migration and refugee policies, as well as on the challenges to democratic legitimacy worldwide. He holds a PhD from the Department of Government at the LSE.

From the 2024/25 academic year, he will be Assistant Professor in Public Policy at the School of Government and International Affairs at Durham University. He is also an affiliated fellow at the IDRC Chair on Migration and Displacement at the Universidad del Pacífico, Peru, and in May 2024, he will be a visiting fellow at the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research.

Currently, Omar co-leads a team of researchers for the Civic Data Innovation Challenge, funded by the Greater London Authority and the LSE, in a joint initiative with the Migrant Democracy Project. Recently, as part of his continuous engagement with civil society and international organisations, he has co-authored a report on corruption in Ghana for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), co-authored a report on the representativeness of local politicians in London, and another report on civic and democratic engagement in London, as part of the NGOThe3Million. He has also contributed to the ‘Global Democracy Insight for Cabinet Office’ project, based at the University of Cambridge.

Before joining the LSE, Omar worked as a consultant at the United Nations’ International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) in Italy and has also worked for the United Nations’ High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Colombia, among others.

His research has been published in the American Political Science Review and International Migration Review, among others.

For any questions concerning his research, or for media inquiries, write to o.hammoud-gallego@lse.ac.uk.


Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Book Chapters

Articles Under Review

  • Hammoud-Gallego, Omar. The Short-Term Effects Visa Restrictions on Migrants' Legal Status and Well-Being: A Difference-in-Differences Approach on Venezuelan Displacement. Currently with the Journal of Politics.
  • Hammoud-Gallego, Omar, Roberto S. Foa, Xavier Romero-Vidal. Time Out From Polarization: Media Consumption and Democratic Satisfaction During the Pandemic.
  • Mcgovern, Patrick, Eiko Thielemann and Omar Hammoud-Gallego. Extending the Liberal Paradox: The Role of Markets and Institutions in Offsetting Labour Market Competition from Migrant Workers.

Working Papers

  • Hammoud-Gallego, Omar, Luisa Feline Freier and Mathias Poertner. `We have nowhere else to go': A quasi-experiment on the Effects of Visa Restriction on Venezuelan Migrants and Refugees in Peru.


Academic Book Reviews

  • Hammoud Gallego, O. (2022), Liliana Lyra, Jubilut, Marcia Vera, Espinoza, Gabriela, Mezzanotti. 2021. Latin America and Refugee Protection: Regimes, Logics and Challenges. Berghahn Books: New York. pp. 434. . Int Migr, 60: 234-237. https://doi.org/10.1111/imig.13036

Expertise Details

Migration; Asylum; Latin America; Europe; Democracy