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 Center for Race and Gender (CRG) is an interdisciplinary research center at the University of California Berkeley that fosters explorations of race and gender and their intersections. Specifically, they facilitate on-going research projects through hosting working groups and cutting edge projects, such as the Islamophobia Research & Documentation Project.