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  1. Dr Liza Schuster

Dr Liza Schuster

Reader in Sociology

School of Arts and Social Sciences, Department of Sociology

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Dr Liza Schuster has just returned to City following three years fieldwork in Afghanistan, where she was based at the Afghanistan Centre at Kabul University. She originally 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 teaches at all levels on the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, including modules in general Sociology, Racism and Global Migration. She prepares expert reports on Afghanistan for Immigration tribunals and contributes to debates on migration in a number of countries.


At City, Dr Schuster is continuing her work on on domestic and European asylum policy (in particular the new European Aenda on Migration, Dublin regulations and deportation) as well as the consequences of deportation, and migration from Afghanistan. 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 has just returned from three years, Afghanistan, (partly funded by a Leverhulme 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 is also collaborating with the Refugee Legal Project (Kampala) on another deportation-related project.


Journal Article (34)

  1. Schuster, L. and Majidi, N. (21 Mar 2015). Deportation Stigma and Re-migration. JOURNAL OF ETHNIC AND MIGRATION STUDIES, 41(4), 635-652. doi: 10.1080/1369183X.2014.957174
  2. Schuster, L. and Majidi, N. (01 Jul 2013). What happens post-deportation? The experience of deported Afghans. Migration Studies, 1(2), 221-240. doi: 10.1093/migration/mns011
  3. Karamanidou, L. and Schuster, L. (Jun 2012). Realizing One's Rights under the 1951 Convention 60 Years On: A Review of Practical Constraints on Accessing Protection in Europe. JOURNAL OF REFUGEE STUDIES, 25(2), 169-192. doi: 10.1093/jrs/fer053
  4. Schuster, L. (Aug 2011). Turning refugees into 'illegal migrants': Afghan asylum seekers in Europe. ETHNIC AND RACIAL STUDIES, 34(8), 1392-1407. doi: 10.1080/01419870.2010.535550
  5. Schuster, L. (2011). Dublin II and Eurodac: examining the (un)intended(?) consequences. GENDER PLACE AND CULTURE, 18(3), 401-416. doi: 10.1080/0966369X.2011.566387
  6. Schuster, L. (2010). Kindness to Strangers. History Workshop Journal.
  7. Schuster, L. (2009). Dublino II ed Eurodac: esame delle conseguenze (in)attese. Mondi Migranti, 1(3).
  8. Schuster, L. (2006). Les Réalités d’un Nouveau Paradigme d’Asile. Revue Marocain.
  9. Schuster, L. (2006). Nuovi paradigmi di asilo: cosa sta accadendo sul campo?. Studi Emigrazioni, 162, 256-267.
  10. Schuster, L. (Jul 2005). The continuing mobility of migrants in Italy: Shifting between places and statuses. JOURNAL OF ETHNIC AND MIGRATION STUDIES, 31(4), 757-774. doi: 10.1080/13691830500109993
  11. Schuster, L. (Dec 2005). A sledgehammer to crack a nut: Deportation, detention and dispersal in Europe. SOCIAL POLICY & ADMINISTRATION, 39(6), 606-621. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9515.2005.00459.x
  12. Schuster, L. and Welch, M. (2005). Detention of Asylum Seekers in the US, UK, France, Germany, and Italy: A Critical View of the Globalizing Culture of Control. riminal Justice: The International Journal of Policy and Practice, 5(4), 331-355.
  13. Schuster, L. and Bloch, A. (2005). Asylum Policy under New Labour. Benefits, 43(13 (2)), 115-118.
  14. Bloch, A. and Schuster, L. (May 2005). At the extremes of exclusion: Deportation, detention and dispersal. ETHNIC AND RACIAL STUDIES, 28(3), 491-512. doi: 10.1080/0141987042000337858
  15. Welch, M. and Schuster, L. (Oct 2005). Detention of asylum seekers in the UK and USA - Deciphering noisy and quiet constructions. PUNISHMENT & SOCIETY-INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PENOLOGY, 7(4), 397-417. doi: 10.1177/1462474505057117
  16. Schuster, L. (2005). The Continuing Mobility of Migrants in Italy: Shifting between Statuses and Places. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 31(4), 757-774.
  17. Schuster, L. and Solomos, J. (2004). Race, Immigration and Asylum: New Labour’s Agenda and its Consequences. Ethnicities, 4(2), 267-300.
  18. Schuster, L. (2003). Common Sense or Racism: The Treatment of Asylum Seekers in Europe. ntroduction to Special Issue of Patterns of Prejudice ‘Racism, Xenophobia, Prejudice and Asylum’, 37(3), 233-255.
  19. Schuster, L. (2003). Asylum Seekers: Sangatte and the Tunnel. Parliamentary Affairs Special Issue on Crisis Management, 56(3), 506-522.
  20. Schuster, L. (01 Sep 2003). Common sense or racism? The treatment of asylum-seekers in Europe. Patterns of Prejudice, 37(3), 233-255. doi: 10.1080/00313220307591
  21. Schuster, L. (2003). Racism, Xenophobia, Prejudice and Asylum. Special Issue of Patterns of Prejudice, 37(3).
  22. Schuster, L. and Solomos, J. (2002). Rights and Wrongs across European Borders: Migrants, Minorities and Citizenship. Citizenship Studies, 6(1), 37-54.
  23. Schuster, L. (2002). Sangatte: A False Crisis. Global Dialogue, 4(4), 57-68.
  24. Schuster, L. (2002). Asylum and the Lessons of History: An Historical Perspective. Race & Class, 44(2), 40-56.
  25. Schuster, L. and Bloch, A. (2002). Political Asylum and the Welfare State. Special Issue of Critical Social Policy, 22(3).
  26. Schuster, L. and Bloch, A. (2002). Asylum and Welfare: Contemporary Debates. Critical Social Policy Special Issue, 22(3), 393-414.
  27. Schuster, L. and Solomos, J. (2001). Asylum, Refuge and Public Policy: Current Trends and Future Dilemmas in the UK. Sociological Review Online, 6(1).
  28. Schuster, L. and Solomos, J. (2001). Introduction: Citizenship, Multiculturalism, Identity. Patterns of Prejudice, 35(1), 3-12.
  29. Schuster, L. and Solomos, J. (2001). Migration, Citizenship and Globalisation: A Comparison of Trends in European Societies. Social Science Research Paper, 12.
  30. Schuster, L. and Solomos, J. (2001). New Perspectives on Multiculturalism and Citizenship. Special Issue of Patterns of Prejudice, 35(1).
  31. Schuster, L. and Bloch, A. (2000). The Politics of Asylum in Europe. Special Issue of Journal of Refugees Studies, 13(1).
  32. Schuster, L., Bloch, A. and Galvin, T. (2000). Introduction. Journal of Refugee Studies Special Issue, 13(1), 1-11.
  33. Schuster, L. (2000). A Comparison of Asylum Policy in Seven European States. Journal of Refugee Studies Special Issue, 13(1), 118-132.
  34. Schuster, L. (1998). Why Do States Grant Asylum?. Politics, Journal of the Political Studies Association, 18(1), 11-16.

Book (1)

  1. Schuster, L. (2003). The use and abuse of political asylum in Britain and Germany. Routledge. ISBN: 0714683205.

Chapter (13)

  1. Schuster, L. (2016). Unmixing Migrants and Refugees. (Ed.), The Routledge Handbook of Immigration and Refugee Studies (pp. 297-303) (1st). Oxford: Routledge.
  2. Schuster, L. (2015). The Sociologist as Voyeur. (Ed.), Sociologists' tales: contemporary narratives on sociological thought and practice (pp. 17-22) (first). Bristol: Policy Press.
  3. Schuster, L. (2014). The Limits of Research. Anderson, B. (Ed.), Migration: The COMPAS Anthropology Oxford: COMPAS.
  4. Schuster, L. (01 Mar 2011). Engendering Insecurity: The EU Asylum Regime. Lazaridis, G. (Ed.), Security, insecurity, and migration in Europe (pp. ) Ashgate Pub Co. ISBN: 1409409201.
  5. Schuster, L. (2010). Globalization, Migration and Citizenship. Solomos, J. and Collins, P.H. (Ed.), The Sage Handbook of Race and Ethnic Studies (pp. 332-350) Sage Publications Ltd. ISBN: 0761942203.
  6. Welch, M. and Schuster, L. (2008). American and British Constructions of Asylum Seekers: Moral Panic, Detention and Human Rights. Brotherton, D.C. and Kretsedemas, P. (Ed.), Keeping Out the Other (pp. ) New York, US: Columbia University Press. ISBN: 0231141297.
  7. Schuster, L. and Welch, M. (01 Mar 2006). Detention of Asylum Seekers in the UK and US: Deciphering Noisy and Quiet Constructions. Critcher, C. (Ed.), Critical readings: Moral Panics and the Media (pp. ) Open Univ Pr. ISBN: 0335218075.
  8. Schuster, L. and Solomos, J. (25 Nov 2004). New Directions, or ‘The Same Old Story’? New Labour’s Policies on Race Relations, Immigration and Asylum. Steinberg, D.L. and Johnson, R. (Ed.), Blairism and the war of persuasion (pp. ) Lawrence And Wishart Ltd. ISBN: 0853159920.
  9. Schuster, L. and Solomos, J. (2002). Racism, Politics and Mobilization. Goldberg, D.T. and Solomos, J. (Ed.), A companion to racial and ethnic studies (pp. 303-318) Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN: 0631206167.
  10. Schuster, L. and Solomos, J. (2002). Hate Speech, Violence and Contemporary Racisms. Foundation, E. (Ed.), Europe's new racism? Causes, Manifestations and Solutions (pp. 43-55) Berghahn. ISBN: 1571813330.
  11. Schuster, L. (2001). Political Asylum in Britain and German. Ghatak, S. and Showstack - Sassoon, A. (Ed.), Migration and mobility (pp. 109-123) Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN: 0333920368.
  12. Schuster, L. and Solomos, J. (2000). Citizenship, Multiculturalism and the Politics of Identity: Contemporary Dilemmas and Policy Agendas. Koopmans, R. and Statham, P. (Ed.), Challenging immigration and ethnic relations politics (pp. 74-94) Oxford University Press, USA. ISBN: 019829560X.
  13. Schuster, L. and Solomos, J. (1999). The Politics of Refugee and Asylum Policies in Britain: Historical Patterns and Contemporary Realities. Bloch, A. and Levy, C. (Ed.), Refugees, citizenship and social policy in Europe (pp. 51-79) Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN: 0312217242.

Other (2)

  1. Schuster, L. (2005). The Realities of a New Asylum Paradigm.
  2. Schuster, L. (2004). The Exclusion of Asylum Seekers in Europe.

Other Activities

Editorial Activities (2)

  • Editorial Board Patterns of Prejudice
  • Editorial board of Ethnic and Racial Studies

Press/Online Articles (6)

  • Kabul is no safe haven for deported refugees, 07 Feb 2014, The Conversation (Online)
  • Brutal, expensive, futile - the truth about deporting asylum seekers, 23 Oct 2013, The Conversation (Online)
  • A friend injured in Kabul and a sad message about testing limits in Afghanistan today, 12 Dec 2014, The Conversation (Online)
  • Ashraf Ghani is running out of fans - and this latest Taliban attack won't help, 23 Jun 2015, The Conversation (Online)
  • Reduced sentences for murderers reveal the rotten heart of Afghan justice, 04 Jul 2015, The Conversation (Online)
  • President slams fleeing Afghans, but offers little incentive to stay, 01 Apr 2016, The Conversation (Online)

Media Appearances (1)

  • Channel 4 News, 12 Apr 2016, Interviewed by John Snow about deportations to Afghanistan

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