Leila Hadj Abdou

Research Fellow
Leila Hadj Abdou is a Teaching and Research Fellow. She is responsible for the design and delivering of training on international migration provided by the Migration Policy Center within the School of Transnational Governance (https://stg.eui.eu/). Before that she was working on a European Research Council (ERC) project exploring understandings of and approaches to international migration by key governance actors in four world regions, including Europe, North America, South America and Asia Pacific. Prior to joining the Robert Schuman Centre 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) (supervised by Rainer Baubock & Donatella della Porta). Leila has published on migration governance, migration protests, immigration and immigrant integration policies, the regulation and contestation of Muslim practices in Europe, and the populist radical right. 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.

Research topics: international migration governance, immigrant integration and immigration/asylum policies, populist radical right, social movements
Geographic areas: Europe, North America
ORCID ID: orcid.org/0000-0002-5355-6286

  • Migration and Mobility in the European Union (with A. Geddes, and L. Brumat)
  • Geddes, Andrew, Vera Espinoza, Marcia, Hadj-Abdou, Leila and Brumat, Leiza, eds. (2019). The Dynamics of Regional Migration Governance. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
  • Hadj-Abdou, Leila, P. Bernhardt, K. Liebhart, and A. Pribersky (2009). EUropäische Bildpolitiken. UTB (EUropean visual politics).

  • Refereed journal articles
  • Leila Hadj Abdou (2020) ‘Push or pull’? Framing immigration in times of crisis in the European Union and the United States, Journal of European Integration, 42:5, 643-658
  • Hadj-Abdou, Leila (2019): Immigrant integration: the governance of ethno-cultural differences
  • Hadj Abdou, L. & S. Rosenberger (2019) Contesting the deportation state? Political change aspirations in protests against forced returns, Ethnic and Racial Studies, 42:16, 102-119
  • Hadj Abdou, L. & S. Rosenberger (2019) Party activism: the permeability of the asylum protest arena in Austria, Social Movement Studies
  • Hadj-Abdou, L. and A. Geddes (2017) 'Managing Superdiversity? A discussion of the intercultural policy paradigm'. Politics and Policy 45(4): 493-510
  • Geddes, A. and L. Hadj-Abdou (2017) 'Changing the path? EU Migration Governance after the Arab Spring'. Mediterranean Politics 23(1): 142-160
  • Hadj-Abdou, L. (2017) 'Gender nationalism. New (old) politics of belonging'.Austrian Journal of Political Science 2017, 46(1): 83-88.
  • Hadj-Abdou, L. (2014) 'Immigrant Integration and the economic competitiveness agenda: A comparison of Dublin and Vienna'.Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 40 (12): 1875-1894
  • Hadj-Abdou, L. (2010) 'Anti-Migrationspolitik im Namen der Geschlechtergleichheit. Das Paradox des 'feministischen Rechtspopulismus'. Femina Politica2: 117-119. (Anti-migration politics in the name of gender equality. The paradox of feminist right-wing populism)
  • Gresch, N., Hadj-Abdou, L., Rosenberger, S. and B. Sauer (2008) 'Tu felix Austria? The headscarf and the politics of 'non-issues''. Social Politics15 (4): 411-432.
  • Hadj-Abdou, L., (2008) 'Das muslimische Kopftuch und die Ges Eine Frage von Kultur oder Religion?'. Femina Politica1: 68-80. (The Muslim Headscarf and Gender Equality. A question of culture or religion?)
  • Hadj-Abdou, L. and M. Mayrhofer (2006) 'FEMMinistische Politik nach der EU-Erweiterung'. Femina Politica, 1: 58-67 (FEMMinist Politics after the EU enlargement).

  • Book chapters
  • North-America: Weak Regionalism, strong borders (2019). In: Geddes, A./Espinoza, M., Hadj Abdou, L. and Brumat, L. (eds.): The Dynamics of Regional Migration Governance. Edward Elgar. 146-165.
  • Gender(ed) nationalism’ of the populist radical right- an extreme typicality (2018). In: Fitzi, G., Mackert, J. and Turner, B., Populism and the Crisis of Democracy. Routledge. 94-110.
  • Hadj-Abdou, L. and Wolff, S. (2018). “Migration and Refugee Protection in the Mediterranean”. In: Volpi, Frederic and Gillespie, Richard (eds.). Routledge Handbook on Mediterranean Politics. Routledge, 382-399.
  • Hadj-Abdou, L. (2016). “The religious conversion of the Austrian populist right”. In: Roy, O., McDonnell D. and Mazouki N. Saving the People: How Populists Hijack Religion. Hurst. 29-45.
  • Hadj-Abdou, L. (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. 222-238.
  • Hadj-Abdou, L. (2016). “The Europeanization of immigration policies”. In: Amelina, A., Horvath, K. And B. Meeus (eds.). International Handbook of Migration and Social Transformation in Europe. Springer. (IMISCOE series). 105-119.
  • Hadj-Abdou, L. (2016). “Racism in Europe. A challenge for democracy”. In: Ünver Noi, A. and Toperich, S. (eds). Challenges for democracy in the European Union and its neighbours. The Brookings Press. 25-44.
  • Hadj-Abdou, L. (2014). “Europes Rio Grande: (Im)mobility in the Mediterranean”. In: Toperich, S. and Mullins, A. (eds.). The Mediterranean. Civil society perspectives. The Brookings Press. 115-138.
  • Hadj-Abdou, L. and Rosenberger, S. (2013). “Islam at Issue. Anti-Islamic Mobilization of the Extreme Right in Austria”. In: Jenkins, B., Godin, E. and Mammone, A. Varieties of Right-Wing Extremism in Contemporary Europe. Routledge. 149-163.
  • Hadj-Abdou, L. (2012). “Geschlechtergleichheit oder Recht auf kulturelle Differenz? Die Politisierung der Frage von Geschlechtergleichheit, eine Herausforderung für egalitäres Denken”. In: Hausbacher E. et al (eds.). Migration und Geschlechterverhältnisse. Springer VS. 41-61. (Gender equality or the right to cultural difference? The politicization of the question of gender equality, a challenge for egalitarian thinking)
  • Gresch, N., Hadj-Abdou, L., Rosenberger, S. and Sauer, (2012). “Hijabophobia revisited: Kopftuchdebatten und –politiken in Europa”. In: Hausbacher, E. et al (eds.). Migration und Geschlechterverhältnisse. Springer VS. 198-212. (Hijabophobia revisited: Headscarf debates and -policies in Europe)
  • Hadj-Abdou, L. (2012). “Auf den Spuren des Hades. Auswirkungen des arabischen Frühlings auf die europäische Migrationskontrolle”. In: Österreichisches Zentrum für Frieden und Konfliktlösung (ed.). Zeitenwende in der arabischen Welt. LIT 2012. 160-80. (On the trail of the Hades. Effects of the Arab Spring on European migration control)
  • Hadj-Abdou, L., Rosenberger, S., Saharso S. and Siim, B., (2012). “Limits of populism. Accommodative headscarf policies in Austria, Denmark and the Netherlands”. In: Rosenberger, S. and Sauer, B. (eds.). Politics, Religion and Gender. Routledge. 132-149.
  • Hadj-Abdou, L. and Woodhead, L. (2012). “Muslim Women's Participation in the Veil Controversy: Austria and the UK Compared”. In: Rosenberger, S. and Sauer, B. (eds.). Politics, Religion and Gender. Routledge. 186-204.
  • Hadj-Abdou, L. (2011). “Women´s mobilization in conflicts over female Muslim covering: A chance for the well-being of women?”. In: Bonvin, J-M., Renom, M. and Woodward, A. E. (eds.). Social Movements: Gendering Well-Being. Ashgate. 213-230.
  • Gresch, N. and Hadj-Abdou, L. (2009). “Selige Kopftuchträgerinnen oder marginalisierte Migrantinnen? Partizipation von muslimischen Migrantinnen im toleranten österreichischen Kopftuchregime”. In: Berghahn, S. and Rostock, P. (eds.). Der Kopftuchstreit in Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz. Transcript. 73-100. (Blessed headscarf women or marginalized migrants? Participation of Muslim female migrants in the tolerant Austrian headscarf regime)
  • Gresch, N. and Hadj-Abdou, L. (2008). “‘Kopflose Kopftuchträgerinnen?‘ Implikationen zur Hierarchisierung von Gleichheitsimperativen in kontemporären feministischen Diskursen“. In: Sauer, B./Strasser, S. (eds.). Zwangsfreiheiten. Multikulturalität und Feminismus. Promedia. 97-113. (Headscarf-women without a head? Implications of the production of hierarchies of equality imperatives in contemporary feminist discourses)
  • Hadj-Abdou, L. and Liebhart, K. (2009). “The commemoration of May 2005: The sixty years celebration of the end of WWII – A mirror of conflicting memories?”. In: Findor, A., Wahnich, S. (eds.). Political Memory in the European Union. LIT 2008. 93-113.
  • Hadj-Abdou, L. (2007).“Integrationsunwillig? Zum Verhältnis von Migrationsforschung und politischer Praxis”. In: Fröschl, E., Kramer, H. and Kreisky, E. (eds.). Politik Beratung. Zwischen Affirmation und Kritik. Braumüller. 183-196. (Not willing to integrate? About the relation of migration research and political practice)
  • Hadj-Abdou, L. and Kurtán, S. (2004). “The Role of National Parliaments in EU Affairs. A comparative view on Austria and Hungary”. In: Ágh, A. (ed.). Post-Accession in East Central Europe. The Emergence of the EU 25. Hungarian Centre for Democracy Studies. 153-174.

  • Research and policy reports
  • Indian high skilled migrants in Austria. CARIM-India Research Report 2013/4, Migration Policy Centre, European University Institute, Florence.

  • Blogs and Newspaper Articles
  • Us versus them? Covid-19 and its effects.
  • A reset of the European Union’s approach to migration? (with. A. Geddes)
  • Migration studies. From dehumanizing to decolonising. (with K. Vanyoro and H. Dempster)
  • Fighting myths about immigration? Facts and evidence are not enough
  • Global Compact for Migration: what is it and why are countries opposing it? (with M.Espinoza Vera and L. Brumat)
  • MIGPROSP at the 2014 IMISCOE Conference. ‘Prospects for International Migration Governance’ Blog.
  • Lockdown at the Rio Grande. The Conversation Blog.
  • “Auf Wiedersehen Pet?”, Political Science Association Blog. (with A. Geddes)
  • The 2014 U.S. midterm elections: Immigration a dividing line. In: Metro Éireann, October 1 2014.
  • Portugal: Europe's emigration nation. In: Metro Éireann, July 15 2014.
  • Immigration in the United States. In: Metro Éireann, July 1 2014.
  • Racial segregation in the U.S. In: Metro Éireann, May 15 2014.
  • Dramatic Rise of Hate Groups in the U.S. In: Metro Éireann, May 1 2014.
  • Pope Francis and the U.S. immigration reform. In: Metro Éireann, April 1 2014.
  • Racialization, exploitation and fear: the reality of domestic work in the US. In: Metro Éireann, March 15 2014.
  • How the Tea Party blocks U.S. immigration reform. In: Metro Éireann, March 1 2014.
  • Costly time for Russia as the Winter Olympics shine light on homophobia. In: Metro Éireann, February 15 2014.
  • Meet the Dreamers redefining American identity. In: Metro Éireann, February 1, 2014.
  • The US immigration system is broken in the eyes of millions. In: Metro Éireann, January 15 2014.
  • Recent US election results show immigration reform is not dead. In: Metro Éireann, December 1, 2013.
  • Einserfrage “Drohungen im ungarischen Wahlkampf sind nicht neu”. Der Standard, April 10 2006.