Reader in Sociology, City, University of London

Dr Liza Schuster came to City in September 2005 from the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society at Oxford University. Before that she was T. H. Marshall Fellow at the London School of Economics working on a comparative project that explored processes of inclusion and exclusion in four European states: Britain, France, Germany and Italy. Since then she has offered critiques of access to the EU, British, French and Greek asylum systems, and developed a focus on deportation, examining the European returns directive, and the impact of deportation on those returned to Afghanistan and Uganda. She has recently returned from 3 years in Afghanistan working on this issue.

She teaches at all levels on the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, including modules in general Sociology as well as Political Sociology and Global Migration. She is Co-ordinator of the Masters programmes.

Research interests
At City, Dr Schuster is continuing her work on the above issues, as well as focusing on domestic and European asylum policy (in particular the Dublin II regulation and deportation) and developing her research interests in migration and racism, and migration and rights. Much of this research is comparative in nature, looking at Britain, France, Germany and Italy, and increasingly Afghanistan and Uganda.

Currently Dr Schuster is exploring the impact of deportation on those deported, their families and communities, and the states and societies that deport and receive them. She is in Kabul, Afghanistan, on a Leverhulme-funded Fellowship, asking what factors cause some deportees to re-migrate and what factors enable others to re-integrate into their communities of origin, and exploring the impact of deportation on their families and communities. She provides expert reports on the situation in Afghanistan to Immigration Tribunals.

She is also collaborating with the Refugee Legal Project (Kampala) on another deportation-related project. Part of this work involves the training of researchers in Kampala, and is funded by a British Academy grant.


  • –present
    Reader in Sociology, City University