Coordinators

  • Rosita Fibbi (SFM, Neuchâtel)
  • Arnfinn H. Midtbøen (ISF, Oslo)
  • Patrick Simon (INED, Paris)

 

Objectives

Discrimination is a major challenge in contemporary multi‐ethnic and multiracial societies, both as a subject for social science research and as a problem for policy making. As we know, immigrants and their descendants, and more generally ethnic and racial minorities, face specific obstacle to participate to the mainstream societies, for example in terms of labour market participation, access to housing, education career, access to services or interaction with police and justice. Although it is considered hard to measure discrimination, evidence of the existence of widespread discrimination in all societies has been collected through different methods and channels. In recent years, a series of field experiments have been conducted in Europe, providing strong and solid evidence for the decisive role of discrimination in shaping access to employment.

Despite these efforts, no common ground for discrimination research exists in the European context. That is the background for creating the research group Discrimination in Cross‐National Perspective, which was established in Geneva in June 2015, at the annual IMISCOE conference. The first main aim of the RC was to bring together researchers in Europe working on discrimination from a variety of disciplines, to foster the integration of discrimination studies in the migration/integration research field, and also to bring more attention to discrimination studies within IMISCOE. At the Geneva conference, three workshops on discrimination were organized: 1) Discrimination and the Law, 2) The Context of Discrimination, and 3) Discrimination Research in Europe. The workshops were open to all researchers working on this field within and beyond IMISCOE and attracted participants from a range of disciplines; sociology, demography, economics, political science and legal studies.

 

Our research group will concentrate on the following objectives in the near future:

  • We will regularly arrange panels and workshops on discrimination in the annual IMISCOE conferences, the next one in Prague in June 2016
  • We will arrange workshops on selected topics in the field of discrimination studies (e.g. on methods for studying discrimination and the promise and pitfalls of comparative discrimination research) in our respective institutions

In the somewhat longer run, we have the following objectives:

  • We will arrange an IMISCOE summer school devoted to discrimination, to bring together phd students and scholars interested in discrimination issues
  • We will publish a special issue of Comparative Migration Studies or a book in the IMISCOE series, consisting of theoretical concepts, creative methodological thinking and empirical studies of discrimination conducted in the European context in recent years
  • We will generate a critical mass of researchers so that we could incubate large projects for Horizon 2020 and develop a research/policy nexus that in fact already exists, but is relatively scattered between consultancy groups and individual researchers

 

Members

Alireza Behtoui (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Arnfinn Haagensen Midtbøen (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Bente Puntervold Bo (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Christine Lang (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Clotilde Pegorier (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Didier Ruedin (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Dragan Ilic (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Eva Zschirnt (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Helga Spadina (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Jens Schneider (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Joana Sousa Ribeiro (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
John Wrench (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Jutathorn Pravattiyagul (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Marco Pecoraro (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Marjolijn de Wilde (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Patrick Simon (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Peter Stevens (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Pieter Bevelander (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Rosa Aparicio (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Rosita Fibbi (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Silvia Silva (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Stijn Baert (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Yael Brinbaum (yael.brinbaum@cee‐recherche.fr)

 

Geneva, June 2015