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Dr Maria Abreu

Dr Maria Abreu

University Lecturer, Department of Land Economy

Steering Group Member - Centre for the Study of Global Human Movement


Dr Maria Abreu is a regional economist, working on topics relating to migration, local labour markets, entrepreneurship, and skills. She is currently a Fellow of Pembroke College, University Lecturer in the Department of Land Economy, and Co-I of the ESRC-funded Productivity Insights Network. Prior to coming to Cambridge she worked for the Poverty Team at the World Bank office in Jakarta, Indonesia, on policy initiatives to promote nutrition and educational transitions. She has worked as a consultant for the European Commission, the World Bank, the UK’s Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS/BEIS), the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA), and the Department for Enterprise, Trade and Investment (DETI) of Northern Ireland.


Research Interests

Drivers of individual migration decisions; internal migration and local labour markets; migrant entrepreneurship and ethnic enclaves; local communities, integration, and place-based policies.