Leila Hadj Abdou is currently 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. Before 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, 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.