Dr. Maria Schiller

Dr. Maria Schiller


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Maria Schiller is a senior research fellow in the Department of Socio-Cultural Diversity, where she is involved in the project ‘Cities and the challenge of diversity: a study in Germany and France’. Her research investigates the representation of diversity in local governance networks in German cities. More specifically, she analyses the interactions between residents and local officials as well as the ways in which immigrants are involved in and make use of local governance networks.

Maria holds a PhD in Migration Studies from the University of Kent. Her PhD thesis was recently published as a monograph entitled ‘European cities, municipal organizations and diversity: The new politics of difference’ by Palgrave Macmillan. For her MA degree she studied social and cultural anthropology at the University of Vienna, with parts of her studies conducted at the University of Utrecht, NL.

Maria has collected teaching experience at the University of Tübingen (Sociology of Migration), at the University of Kent (MA Program ‘International Migration’) and at the University of Vienna (Social & Cultural Anthropology).



[2016] European cities, municipal organizations and diversity: The new politics of difference. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.  Link

Special issues

[2018] Hackett, S. & Schiller, M. (eds.) The impact of crisis on local immigrant incorporation: evidence from European cities. Mini-Symposium. Comparative Migration Studies 6(2).   Link

Zeitschriftenartikel (peer-reviewed)

[2018] (with Michalis Moutselos, Christian Jacobs, Julia Martínez Ariño, Karen Schönwälder and Alexandre Tandé) Economy or Justice? How Urban Actors Respond to Diversity. Urban Affairs Review, 2018 (early view online).   Link

[2018] (with S. Hackett) Continuity and change in local immigrant policies and the impact of the economic crisis. Comparative Migration Studies 6(2). Link to pdf file

[2018] (with Karen Schönwälder, Julia Martínez-Ariño, Michalis Moutselos, Christian Jacobs and Alexandre Tandé) Why do some cities adopt more diversity policies than others? A study in France and Germany. Comparative European Politics, 2018 (early view online).   Link

[2017] Authenticity or skill-oriented individualism, neutrality or managerialism: diversity officers as modern public officials. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies.   Link

[2017] The implementation trap: the local level and diversity policies. International Review of Administrative Sciences 83(2).   Link

[2015] Paradigmatic pragmatism and the politics of diversity. Ethnic and Racial Studies 38(7).   Link

Beiträge in Sammelbänden

[2018] The ‘Research Traineeship’: The ups and downs of para-siting ethnography. In: Estallela, A. / Sánchez Criado, T. (eds.), Experimental collaborations: Ethnography through fieldwork devices. New York/Oxford: Berghahn. Link

[2012] Creating the position of mediators of intercultural dialogue and conflict in European cities: Insights from Vienna. In: Clarijs, R. / Guidikova, I. / Malmberg, T. (eds.) Diversity and community development: An intercultural approach, Amsterdam: SWP Publishers.   Link

[2011] Governing diversity in a new neighbourhood: Modes of conflict and dialogue in the making of place. In: Eade, J. / Eckhardt, F. (eds.), The ethnically diverse city: Future Urban Research in Europe 4, Berlin: Berliner Wissenschaftsverlag.

[2010] The migrant women's movement in Amsterdam in the context of diversity politics. IN: Warat, M. / Malek, A./ Krzystek, K. (eds.) Beyond the Borders. Women-Migration-Citizenship, Kraków: Jagiellonian University Press.

[2010] Zwangverheiratung im Fokus: Ein Vergleich von Auftragsstudien in europäischen Ländern. IN: Strasser, Sabine / Holzleithner, Elisabeth (eds.): Multikulturalismus queer gelesen. Zwangsverheiratung und gleichgeschlechtliche Ehe in pluralen Gesellschaften. Frankfurt am M./New York: Campus.   Link

Working papers

[2017] Moutselos, M., Jacobs, C., Martínez-Ariño, J., Schiller, M., Schönwälder, K., & Tandé, A. Cities and the Challenge of Diversity (CityDiv): The Survey, Technical Report. MMG Working Paper, (17-09).   Link

[2015] The research traineeship: Conducting participant observation in state organisations. MMG Working Paper, (15-12).   Link


[2017] Producing cultural diversity: hegemonic knowledge in global governance projects by Niedner-Kalthoff, Ulrike. Frankfurt/New York: Campus, Book Review in Journal of Intercultural Studies. 

[2015] Kultur, Gesellschaft, Migration: Die reflexive Wende in der Migrationsforschung by Nieswand, Boris and Heike Drotbohm. Book Review in Social Anthropology.