Omar Hammoud Gallego, PhD

Omar Hammoud Gallego, PhD

Fellow in Political Science and Public Policy (LSE School of Public Policy)

The London School of Economics and Political Science


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I am a researcher and social data scientist, currently a Fellow in Political Science and Public Policy at the LSE School of Public Policy. My work focuses on the development and the effects of migration and refugee policies in the developing world, as well as civic and democratic participation in the UK.

I currently work for the ‘Global Democracy Insight for Cabinet Office’ project, based at the University of Cambridge. As part of The Young Europeans network of The3Million organisation, I have recently co-authored a report on civic and democratic participation in London for the #LondonVoices project. The full report can be accessed here.

Over the last years I have taught various seminars at the LSE, including ‘International Migration, Public Policy and Social Integration’, ‘Politics and Institutions in Europe’, and ‘Introduction to Political Science’. I now teach ‘Political Science for Public Policy’.

Before joining the LSE, I worked as a consultant at the United Nations' International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) in Italy, as well as for the United Nations' High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Colombia.

My doctoral research has been financed by the UK Economic and Social Research Council and the LSE.

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  • Public Policy
  • Migration and Asylum
  • Democracy
  • PhD in Political Science , 2021

    The London School of Economics and Political Science

  • Master of Research in Political Science, 2018

    The London School of Economics and Political Science

  • Master of Science in International Relations of the Americas, 2016

    University College London

  • Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Economics (Minor), 2015

    University of Heidelberg, Germany



Hammoud-Gallego, O. (2022) ‘A Liberal Region in a World of Closed Borders? The Liberalization of Asylum Policies in Latin America, 1990–2020’, International Migration Review, 56(1), pp. 63–96. doi: 10.1177/01979183211026202. [Open Access]

- Winner of the Best Paper Award in the Latin American Politics section of the European Consortium for Political Research Conference in 2019 in Poland, Wroclaw.

- Dataset and R-Package are available here and here.

Fernandez-Rodriguez, Nieves, Luisa Feline Freier, and Omar Hammoud-Gallego. (2020). Importancia y Limitaciones de Las Normas Juridícas Para El Estudio de La Politica Migratoria En América Latina. In Abordajes Sociojurídicos Contemporáneos para el Estudio de las Migraciones Internacionales., ed. Luciana Gandini. Mexico, D.F.: SUDIMER UNAM. ISBN: 978-607-30-3880-5

Under Review

Hammoud-Gallego, Omar & Feline Freier (Under Review). ‘Low Cost’ Refugee Protection: Explaining Latin American Asylum Policy Liberalisation.

Hammoud-Gallego, Omar (Under Review). The Short-Term Effect of Visa Restrictions on Migrants’ Well-Being: A Difference-In-Differences Approach on Venezuelan Displacement.

Working Papers

McGovern, Patrick, Eiko Thielemann & Omar Hammoud-Gallego (2021). Immigrant Labour Market Access, Varieties of Capitalism and the Limits of EU Policy Harmonisation.


Hammoud-Gallego, O., Lawall, K., McRae, I., Moise, R., Wanga, S., & Bulat, A. (2021). London Voices: the journey to full participation. the3Million, December 2021. Project website with full report, executive summary and contact details:

Blog Articles

Hammoud-Gallego, Omar (April 13th 2021). Here to stay: Latin America must face up to the reality of long-term Venezuelan migration. The London School of Economics, Latin American and Caribbean Centre Blog.

Hammoud-Gallego, Omar (April 23th 2021). Aquí para quedarse: América Latina necesita enfrentar la realidad de la migración venezolana a largo plazo. The London School of Economics, Latin American and Caribbean Centre Blog.


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