London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

Brad Blitz


Professor of Human and Political Geography, School of Geography, Geology and the Environment, Kingston University, London; and, Research Associate, Department of International Development, University of Oxford.

Areas of specialisation 

Human rights, migration, refugees, minorities.
Nationality, citizenship, identity; post-conflict, social development.
European integration, post-Communism and transitions to democracy.
International justice, aid, inequality, access to justice.

Fieldwork and Research Experience 

Albania, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, FYR Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Thailand, Ukraine, United Kingdom.


Books and Monographs Published, Under Contract and in Progress

  • Freedom of Movement, Citizenship and Exclusion, Cornell University Press (under review; in progress; 70,000 words written).
  • Statelessness in the European Union: Displaced, Undocumented and Unwanted, Cambridge University Press, 2010. (Co-authored with Caroline Sawyer, under contract)
  • Statelessness and Citizenship: A Comparative Study on the Benefits of Nationality, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2010. (Co-authored with Maureen Lynch, under contract; ISBN 978 1 84980 067 9).
  • Aliens and Slovenes: Documents and Commentary on the ‘Erasure’ in Slovenia 1991 – 2008, International Observatory on Statelessness, 2010. (Co-authored with Neza Kogovšek, under contract; ISBN 978-0-9563275-2-9/978-0-9563275-3-6). 
  • Statelessness and the Benefits of Citizenship: A Comparative Study, Geneva Academy for International and Humanitarian Law and International Observatory on Statelessness. (Co-authored with Maureen Lynch) (Published July 2009; 126 pages; ISBN 978-0-9563275-0-5/ISBN 978-0-9563275-1-2).    
  • War and Change in the Balkans: Nationalism, Conflict and Cooperation, Cambridge University Press. (Editor and co-author). (Published October 2006; 302 pages; ISBN-10: 0521677734; ISBN-10: 0521860423).
  • International Cooperation and the Limits of Educational Integration in the European Union.  Doctoral Dissertation, Stanford University, 1997 (World Cat: 81613098).

Refereed Journal Articles Published, Accepted for Publication and in Press

  • ‘Stateless by Any Other Name: Unsuccessful Asylum Seekers & Undocumented Migrants in The United Kingdom, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies (First author with Miguel Otero-Iglesias) (accepted September 2009, in press).
  • ‘Highly Skilled Migration’, International Studies Compendium, International Studies On-Line and Encyclopedia of International Studies (accepted April 2009, in press).
  • ‘Putting an End to Statelessness: International Advocacy Campaigns and Policy Development’, Forced Migration Review 32 (2009), pp. 25-26.
  • ‘Libyan Nationals in The United Kingdom:  Geo-Political Considerations and Trends in Asylum and Return’ in International Journal on Multicultural Societies, 10/2 (2009), pp. 106-127.   
  • 'Post-Socialist Transformation, Penal Reform and Justice Sector Transition in Albania’, Journal of South East European and Black Sea Studies, 8/4 (2008), pp. 345-364.
  • ‘Democratic Development, Judicial Reform and the Serbian Question in Croatia, Human Rights Review, 9/1(2007), pp. 123-135.
  • ‘Decentralisation, Citizenship and Mobility: Residency Restrictions and Skilled Migration in Moscow, Citizenship Studies, 11/4 (2007), pp. 381-402.
  • ‘Statelessness and the Social (De)Construction of Citizenship: Political Restructuring and Ethnic Discrimination In Slovenia’, Journal of Human Rights, 5/4(2006), pp. 1-27
  • ‘Refugee Returns, Civic Differentiation and Minority Rights in Croatia 1991-2004’, Journal of Refugee Studies, 18/3 (2005), pp. 362-386. (Nominated for the Lisa Gilad Award for the best article published by an author under the age of 40 by the International Association for the Study of Forced Migration).
  • ‘“Brain Circulation”, the Spanish Medical Profession and International Recruitment in the United Kingdom’, Journal of European Social Policy, 15/4 (2005), pp. 363-379.
  • ‘Non-Voluntary Return? The Politics of Return to Afghanistan’, Political Studies, 53/1 (2005), pp.182-200 (First author with Rosemary Sales and Lisa Marzano).
  • ‘Refugee Returns in Croatia: Contradictions and Reform’, Politics, 23/3 (2003), pp. 181-191.
  • ‘From Monnet to Delors: Educational Cooperation in the European Union’, Contemporary European History, 12/12 (2003), pp. 197-212.
  •  ‘Political Integration and Economic Reconstruction in Bosnia and Herzegovina’, Forum Bosnae, 11/01 (2001), pp. 215-229.
  • ‘Professional Mobility and The Mutual Recognition of Qualifications in The European Union: Two Institutional Approaches,’ Comparative Education Review, 43/3 (1999), pp. 311-331. 
  • ‘The Resistant Guild: Institutional Protectionism and Freedom of Movement in The Italian University System,’ Journal of South European Society and Politics, 4/1 (1999), pp. 27-47.
  • ‘Cycles of Violence: End-Games and International Mediation in Bosnia and Kosovo’ Yale International Forum, (1999 Spring) 1/2, pp. 42-52 (First author with John Tillinghast).
  • ‘Destroying Bosnia: A Clash of Values not Civilizations’, in Cornell Political Forum, IX/3 (1995), pp. 10-12.

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