Research Programme


Migration has been a highly politicised and highly divisive topic in the EU over the recent years and especially since the so called ‘migration crisis’ of 2015-2017. As migration represents a complex, multi-dimensional phenomenon, this year’s 89 Initiative project focuses on  migrants’ access to housing across four EU countries: France, Germany, Greece and Italy. It examines the implementation of housing policies for asylum seekers and refugees during 2020, when COVID-19 suddenly and significantly impacted the lives of all people across the globe. It investigates how national housing policies for migrants changed due to the pandemic and how these changes impacted the lives of migrants, not only on paper but also in practice. Employing a qualitative methodological approach, it uses in-depth interviews with front-line actors, or street-level bureaucrats, from the four countries. In short, the findings of this research corroborate the notion that migrants have been disproportionately impacted by the negative effects of the pandemic, while it also identifies the mechanisms and qualitative nuances behind this disproportionate impact.

Dr. Joseph Downing

Research Director

Dr Joseph Downing is LSE Fellow in nationalism where he teaches courses on global security, migration policy, minority rights and qualitative research methods. He was previously Marie-Curie fellow at the CNRS, Marseille and the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London where he conducted a project on the discourses created about British and French Muslims on Twitter.

He has published widely on politics, security and integration in France, concentrating on minority communities. He has also been widely consulted by broadcast and print media and strategic consultancy companies regarding migration, security and terrorism with European focus. Joseph Downing received his PhD from the European Institute, London School of Economics in 2014. His thesis ‘Between Policy, Recognition and Rioting: Analyzing the role of urban governance, historical commemoration and public culture in defining inclusion in Marseille, Paris and Lyon’ involved significant fieldwork in France.

Dr. Katerina Glyniadaki

Research Director

Dr. Katerina Glyniadaki is a Visiting Fellow at the European Institute. She is interested in the implementation of migration policies and her research combines perspectives from public administration, sociology and psychology.

Between 2015-2019, Katerina was a PhD Candidate at the European Institute and had Professor Martin Lodge as her supervisor. Her thesis examined how those at the front lines of migration management make decisions under conditions of high uncertainty. Focusing on the capital cities of Athens and Berlin, it highlighted the crucial role of individual identities in the discretionary behaviour of front-line actors, which ultimately shapes policy outcomes. Her work contributes to the fields of migration policy, street-level bureaucracy and representative bureaucracy.

In 2020-2021 she was a Teaching Fellow on the Executive Master of Public Policy (Department of Government, LSE), while in 2019-2020 she was a Teaching Fellow on the MSc International Migration and Public Policy programme (European Institute, LSE). She has previously also taught undergraduate courses in public policy and in sociology.

Katerina holds a PhD in European Studies (LSE), an MPhil in Psychology (University of Cambridge), an MA in Sociology and a BA in Communications (University of California, Riverside).

Her latest publication is on migrants’ access to housing in Greece, published by the Journal of Social Policy and Society, Cambridge University Press.



Maria Luisa Quiñones

Research Officer

Claudia Doldo

Research Officer

Nele Anders

Research Officer

Stella Pitsillidou

Research Officer

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