Ruyssen, Ilse

Professorial Fellow

  • Ilse Ruyssen
    Potterierei 72, 8000 Bruges, Belgium

    Research Interests

    • Climate Change and Environmentally Induced Migration
    • Migration
    • Migration and mobility


    • PhD, Economic Sciences, Ghent University

    Biographical Statement

    Professor Dr. Ilse Ruyssen is a part-time Professorial Fellow at UNU-CRIS. Specifically, she was the promotor of the project “African Migration: Root Causes and Regulatory Dynamics” (AMIREG) which aimed to provide a deeper understanding of the root causes of migration with a particular focus on climatic shocks and conflict, and to identify the effectiveness of and scope for regional agreements to ease mobility responses to such geo-localized shocks.

    Ilse is an Assistant Professor at the Department of General Economics (Ghent University) where she teaches several courses in the field of international economics. She obtained her PhD in Economic Sciences from Ghent University in 2013 after which she spent three years as a postdoctoral researcher at IRES (Université Catholique de Louvain) and Ghent University. As of 2015, Ilse is the coordinator of the interdisciplinary Migration Working Group at Ghent University and she is involved in several research projects concerning the economics of international migration. She is also affiliated as a research fellow to IRES (Université Catholique de Louvain).

    Her main research interests lie in the driving forces behind internal and international migration, migrant’s location choice, migration policy, network effects and consequences of international migration. Recent articles have been published in: World DevelopmentInternational Migration Review, Journal of Development StudiesEmpirical EconomicsAnnals of Regional Science. For a complete list of publications and paper downloads, see author page on ResearchGate.