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Prof Brad Blitz
UCL Institute of Education
20 Bedford Way
Tel: 020 7612 6522
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  • Professor and Head of Department Education Practice and Society
  • IOE - Education, Practice & Society
  • UCL Institute of Education

Brad Blitz received his Ph.D. from Stanford University and is a Professor of International Politics and Policy at University College London Institute of Education, and Head of the UCL Department of Education, Practice and Society. Until June 2019 was Director of the British Academy/DFID Programme on Modern Slavery. His research focuses on displacement, governance and human rights. A former Jean Monnet Chair he is widely regarded as a leading expert on refugees and stateless persons, migration, human rights and international politics. He has acted as an advisor and consultant to UNDP, UNICEF, the World Bank, OSCE, Council of Europe, DFID, and several NGOs. He is also a frequent contributor on matters of migration, refugees, humanitarian assistance and human rights and has appeared on British and American television and radio including BBC News, Sky News, National Public Radio, as well as in print media.

Research Summary

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

Publications include 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 Publishing, 2011. He is also the author of Migration and Freedom: Mobility, Citizenship, and Exclusion, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2014; reissued in 2016 which was nominated for three awards. 

He recently acted as Principal Investigator for the ESRC-DFID project EVI-MED on refugee reception systems in the Mediterranean and EU project INFORM on access to legal and procedural information for asylum-seekers. He is also Co-Investigator on a £15 million ‘hub’ on Gender, Justice and Security, funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF); and Co-Investigator on two further GCRF projects, one on Universities Responding to a Changing Climate and another on Life After Deportation, a study of refused and current asylum-seekers returned to Mexico and Guatemala from the USA.  

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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