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Sociology Research


Marissa Quie is an expert in Migration, Peace and Conflict Studies. She is Fellow & Director of Studies HSPS at Lucy Cavendish and College Lecturer in Politics and Director of Studies in HSPS at Magdalene College. She was previously a Research Fellow at Queens' College Cambridge and Samuel Reichmann Fellow at Gonville and Caius College Cambridge.

Research Interests

Dr. Quie’s current research focuses on the challenges linked with migration and displacement as a consequence of war and conflict and political, socioeconomic and environmental crises. She is interested in the motifs of participation and protection that characterise debates about people on the move, including refugees, internally displaced people, women and marginalised groups. Her work engages with the connections between migration, peace and security. Marissa has done extensive consultancy work for the United Nations and for the Government of Afghanistan. She has acted as an Advisor to the Afghanistan Peace and Reintegration Programme (APRP). She has been a Mentor to Afghan students both at Cambridge and at Oxford.

Research Projects

Marissa is currently leading a project for The Brite Initiative on STEAM education for Afghan women.


Marissa teaches and examines papers in Sociology and in Politics


SOC1: Introduction to Sociology: Modern Societies

SOC2: Social Theory

POL1: Analysis of Politics

POL3: Ethics and World Politics

POL9: Conceptual Issues in Politics

POL12: The Politics of the Middle East

POL16: Conflicts and Peace Building

Graduate supervision availability and interests:

Marissa is available to supervise PhD and MPhil students interested in migration, deportation and return; peace studies; gender and the problem of peace; gender and global conflict.

Current Doctoral students:

Yukari Ota Harkenreider
Hameed Hakimi

Key Publications - Book Chapters

Quie, M. “The Body Politics of Security: Sexual Reproductive Health Rights” (chapter 5) in Understanding New Security Threats, Eds. Michel Gueldry, Lui Hebron and Gigi Gocek. NY: Routledge 2019.

Quie, M. “Peace Building and Democracy Promotion in Afghanistan: in: J. Leininger, S. Grimm and T. Freyburg (eds.) Democratization special issue 19 (3) (2012).

Quie, M. “Postmodernist Theories and the Question of Time” in Baert, P. (ed) Time in Contemporary Intellectual Thought (2000)

Key Publications - Journal Articles

Quie, M. and Hakimi, H. “The EU and the Politics of Migration Management in Afghanistan”, Chatham House (Forthcoming)

Quie, M. “Who Will Build this House?” in “Making Home Away,” Special Issue of The International Migration Review (funded by The British Academy), eds., Yasmine Shamma, Sazgan Ilean, Vicki Squire and Helen Underhill (Forthcoming)

Quie, M. “Peace and Exclusion: The Afghanistan Peace and Reintegration Program” in Humanity and Society Volume 42, Number 1, 2018.

Quie, M. “Social Justice and Social Disruption: The Afghanistan Peace and Reintegration Program: A Responsible End to War?” Humanity and Society (Forthcoming, 2016) 

Quie, M. “Afghanistan as the Heart of Asia: The Istanbul Process and the Future of Regional Cooperation,” International Relations and Diplomacy (2013)

Quie, M. Lessons from 1989: The Soviet Experience in Afghanistan Europe - Asia Commemorative Journal (2010) 

Key Publications - Other

Quie, M. “Democracy Promotion and Peace-Building in Afghanistan: The Question of Reconciliation with the Taliban” (Standing Group on International Relations: September 2010) 

Grants and Projects

Virgin Unite
STEAM Education for Women in Afghanistan based at Lucy Cavendish College

Media Articles

Job Title:
Associate Lecturer, Fellow & Director of Studies HSPS at Lucy Cavendish College, College Lecturer in Politics and Director of Studies in HSPS at Magdalene College.