Dr. Leila Hadj Abdou

Research Fellow/ Associate Lecturer


Leila Hadj Abdou is a Research Fellow and Associate Lecturer at the Department of Political Sciences of the University of Vienna. She is specialized in international migration governance, immigrant integration and immigration policies, and the populist right. From 2014-15 Dr. Hadj Abdou 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 in Washington D.C.. From 2003-2009 she held a position as a research associate at the Department of Politics of the University of Vienna. Dr. Hadj-Abdou holds a PhD in Social and Political Sciences from the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. Leila has also extensive, practical experience in the field of asylum/migration, having worked in 2016 and 2017 as a project coordinator for an NGO, and an eductional centre.

During the winter term 2017 she will participate at our special lecture.

Latest publications include:

  • 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


Email: leila.hadj-abdou@univie.ac.at

Phone: +43-1-4277-49484

Fax: +43-1-4277-9494

NEWS 21/08/17

New Article by Leila Hadj-Abdou (with Andrew Geddes)

Managing superdiversity? Examining the intercultural policy turn in Europe. Policy & Politics, online first, August 2017,

NEWS 12/09/17

New INEX Journal Article

Andrew Geddes & Leila Hadj Abdou (2017): Changing the path? EU migration governance after the ‘Arab spring’, Mediterranean Politics, DOI: 10.1080/13629395.2017.1358904

NEWS 14/09/17

New INEX Book Chapter

Sarah Wolff & Leila Hadj Abdou (2017): Mediterranean migrants and refugees: historical and political continuities and discontinuities. In: Routledge Handbook of Mediterranean Politics, edited by Richard Gillespie and Frédéric Volp