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Prof Brad Blitz
UCL Institute of Education
20 Bedford Way
Tel: 020 7612 6522
  • Professor and Head of Department Education Practice and Society
  • IOE - Education, Practice & Society
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BRAD K. BLITZ is Professor of International Politics and Policy at University College London, Institute of Education. He was until June 2019 Director of the British Academy Programme on Tackling Slavery, Human Trafficking and Child Labour in Modern Business; Professor of International Politics at Middlesex University Business School and Visiting Professor in the Institute of Global Affairs at the London School of Economics. He was previously Deputy Dean in the School of Law at Middlesex University and Director of Graduate Research Programmes and Professor of Human and Political Geography at Kingston University London. He was previously Jean Monnet Chair of the Political Geography of Europe at Oxford Brookes University. He was also a Research Associate of the Department of International Development, University of Oxford and Human Rights and Social Justice Research Unit at London Metropolitan University. He is an applied social scientist who received his Ph.D. in International Development and Education from Stanford University and holds degrees from the London School of Economics, Université Libre de Bruxelles and University of Southampton. He has published extensively on issues of governance, human rights, social policy, migration, political transition, labour, health and security. He has served as a consultant to several international and development agencies including DFID, the World Bank, Council of Europe, Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, as well as several governments. 

Research Summary

Research interests include: forced migration and refugees, labour migration, international and comparative politics, social policy, citizenship, European integration, political transition, social change.


In March 2019 he began a 5 year project as co-investigator of a £15.4 million ‘hub’ on Gender, Justice and Security, funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) with the London School of Economics.  He recently acted as Principal Investigator for the ESRC-DFID funded EVI-MED project on refugee and migrant reception systems in the Mediterranean and the EU Commission project INFORM which seeks to understand how asylum seekers access legal and procedural information. 


Publications include Migration and Freedom: Mobility, Citizenship, and Exclusion, Edward Elgar, 2014; reissued in 2016 which was nominated for three awards; Statelessness in the European Union: Displaced, Undocumented and Unwanted, Cambridge University Press, 2011; and Statelessness and Citizenship: A Comparative Study on the Benefits of Nationality, Edward Elgar, 2011. In 2011, he completed a US State Department funded project ‘Measuring the Costs of Statelessness’, which subsequently informed US humanitarian policy.  He also contributed to UNDP’s Asia-Pacific Human Development Report.  In November 2013, he completed a major cross-national study of the benefits of birth registration on development outcomes for Plan International. 



Teaching Summary

Teaching interests include: comparative and international politics; social policy; international development including refugee and migration studies.

06-JUN-2019 Professor of International Politics and Policy Education, Practice and Society UCL Institute of Education, United Kingdom
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