Institute of Political Science

Lea Giulia Reiß

PhD Researcher

Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen
Institute of Political Science
Research Unit Comparative Public Policy
Melanchthonstraße 36, 72074 Tübingen

Room 016




After having completed a Bachelor’s programme in social work at the Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University (DHBW Stuttgart), Lea continued to study political science and sociology (B.A.) and Democracy and Governance in Europe (M.A.) at the University of Tübingen.

Between 2019 and 2021, Lea conducted qualitative research for the project Migration and Social Protection (MiSP). Currently, as a doctoral candidate, she is working on the project Regulating Return Migration in the EU funded by the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Science, Research and Arts and the University of Tübingen.

Research Interest

Lea focuses on the interection of public policy and migration in the EU context and is especially interested in social policy and welfare, gender and sexuality and intersecting inequalities.

Related Links


Ratzmann, N., Reiß, L. and Bruzelius, C. (forthcoming): Deutsche Sozialpolitik in der Praxis: Zwischen Unterstützung und Migrationskontrolle. In: Borelli, L., Kurt, S. and Ratzmann, N. (ed.): Die Verschränkung von Migrationskontrolle und Sozialpolitik in Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz. Bielefeld: transcript Verlag.

Bruzelius, C., Ratzmann, N. and Reiss, L. (2023): Delegating migration control to local welfare actors: Reporting obligations in practice. In: Journal of European Social Policy .

Bruzelius, C., Ratzmann, N. and Reiß, L. (2022): Überbrückungsleistungen für EU-Bürger/-innen in Deutschland: Instrument sozialer Absicherung oder Migrationskontrolle? In: Zeitschrift für Sozialreform, 68 (3-4), pp. 237-266. .

Reiß, L. and Seeleib-Kaiser, M. (2022): Sozialpolitik. In: Socialnet (ed.) Socialnet Lexikon. Bonn. Available at:

Academic Presentations

Bruzelius, C. and Reiß, L. (2023): 'Encouraging citizens' return: Mapping return policies across the EU', 29th Conferennce of Europeanists, Reykjavik, Iceland, 27-29 June 2023.
Bruzelius C. and Reiß, L. (2022): 'Why do states want their citizens back? Regulating return migration in the EU', Workshop 'Tackling emigration in Eu member states - the welfare dimension', Bremen, Germany, 6-7 October 2022.