Leila Hadj Abdou

Research Fellow


    Leila Hadj Abdou is a Research Fellow at the MPC working on the Prospects for International Migration Governance (MIGPROSP) project. Before joining the MPC Leila was a Research Fellow at the Research Group “Politics of Inclusion and Exclusion” (INEX) and Associate Lecturer at the Department of Political Sciences of the University of Vienna (Austria). From 2014-15 she was a Research Fellow at the University of Sheffield (UK); and in 2013/14 she was a Research Fellow at the Centre for Transatlantic Relations at the School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS, Johns Hopkins University) in Washington D.C.. She held visiting positions at the University College Dublin (Ireland) and the CNRS (Paris, France). Leila holds a Ph.D. (2013) in Social and Political Sciences from the European University Institute (Italy). Leila has also extensive, practical experience in the field of asylum/migration, having held positions in 2016 and 2017 as a project coordinator for an NGO working with unaccompanied minor asylum seekers, as well as in an educational centre working with adult refugees, and refugee care workers.
    Latest Publications:

    •  Migration and Refugees in the Mediterranean. In: Volpi, Frederic and Gillespie, Richard (eds.). Routledge Handbook on Mediterranean Politics. Routledge 2017 (with Sarah Wolff)
    •  Gender nationalism. New (old) politics of belonging. Austrian Journal of Political Science 2017 46:1
    •  The religious conversion of the Austrian populist right. In: Roy, O., McDonnell D. and Mazouki N. (eds.): Saving the People: How Populists Hijack Religion. Hurst 2016
    •  An unstable equilibrium: Freedom of movement and the welfare state in the European Union. In: Freeman, G. and Mirilovic, N. (eds.): Handbook of Migration and Social Policy. Edward Elgar 2016 (with Andrew Geddes)
    •  The Europeanization of immigration policies. In: Amelina, A., Horvath, K. And B. Meeus (eds.): International Handbook of Migration and Social Transformation in Europe. Springer 2016
    •  Changing the path? EU migration governance after the ‘Arab spring’ , Mediterranean Politics (online first, 2017) (with Andrew Geddes)
    •  Managing superdiversity. Examining the intercultural policy turn in Europe. Policy & Politics (online first, 2017) (with Andrew Geddes)

    Research topics: international migration governance, immigrant integration and immigration/asylum policies, populist radical right, social movements
    Geographic areas: Europe, North America