Corinne Torrekens is researcher at the Group for research on Ethnic Relations, Migration and Equality (GERME) of the Université libre de Bruxelles and Managing Director of the spin-off program DiverCity. She holds a PhD in social and political sciences. For 10 years, she has been working on the accommodation of Islam in Belgium and the political regulation of Muslim visibility through mosques and the organization of Aïd el adha. She has recently published “The Ban of the Full Face Veil in Belgium: Between Populism and Muslim Visibility Restrictions,” “Political Opportunity and Muslim Leadership in Brussels,” and “Mosques and Municipalities in Belgium: Negotiating Urban Spaces.”
Torrekens is working on the political participation of Muslims in Belgium and to their counter-reactions to the growth of Islamophobia. She was involved in the European FP7 research program Eurislam financially supported by the European Commission. She is also the Belgian Country Coordinator for the European Website on Integration aimed at gathering information on migrant integration. She is also working for the project “Integration policies: Who benefits? The development and use of indicators in integration debates” (MIPEX 2015) led by the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB), and the Migration Policy Group (MPG).
The Islamophobia Research & Documentation Project (IRDP) focuses on a systematic and empirical approach to the study of Islamophobia and its impact on Muslim communities. Today, Muslims in the U.S., parts of Europe, and around the world have been transformed into a demonized and feared global “other,” subjected to legal, social, and political discrimination.