Postdoctoral Researcher in Deradicalizing the City
Catholic University of Leuven Faculty of Social Sciences

The IMMRC is located in the Faculty of Social Sciences that is home to approximately three thousand students, about fifty professors and two hundred research assistants. The Interculturalism, Migration and Minorities Research Centre (IMMRC) conducts state-of-the-art anthropological analyses of topics related to mobility and minorities. It focuses on tangible and intangible relations, and borders. Through in-depth ethnographic study, the researchers disentangle the diversified relations and their global (dis)connections, with special attention for minorities and less visible community building. The various research projects focus on the following issues: (new) migrations, internal boundary creation, blurring of boundaries, and cross-cultural fertilization. Some research focuses on the intersection between disability and ethnic minorities. This allows for an in-depth reflection on the meaning of boundaries and the emergence of mobilities between and within cultures and societies.


The IMMRC at KU Leuven is looking for one Postdoctoral researcher to participate in the research project “Deradicalization and the Multicultural City. Security, urban policy and everyday life in Brussels and Marseille”. It consists of a consortium of different projects which gather KU Leuven and ULB researchers.

Description project: The question of ‘urban security’ has undergone a series of transformations after the Islamist terrorist attacks targeting various European metropoles since 2004 and 2005 (Madrid and London), and in particular in the recent wave of attacks from 2015 onwards (Paris, Brussels, Nice, Manchester, Barcelona, Berlin). Urban security has gradually shifted from holding a privileged focus on questions of delinquency and urban violence, to adopt a broader focus that also started including questions of terrorism and ‘home-grown radicalization’. This research project is one of the first projects that seeks to examine the implementation of these policies at a local level and to understand their everyday effects on the targeted neighbourhood. It also complements an ongoing research project funded by the KU Leuven that looks at the implementation of these policies in Brussels and the EU and aims to develop arts-based research methods. 

The Postdoctoral research position consists of 30% administrative and teaching duties and 50% of research activities. The postdoctoral researcher will first assist the PI and co-promoters in managing the projects.. Additionally, they will also have specific research tasks. The first one is to organise citizens' fora, together with the other PhD researchers, in Brussels and Marseille, the second one is to explore an additional site in France that fits with the overall objectives of the projects. The precise focus is to be decided by the postdoctoral researcher, in consultation with the promoters. 


- Explore one additional research site in France within the framework of the broader research project (precise focus be decided by the researcher in consultation with the promoters) 

- Organize a round-table and citizens’ fora in Brussels and Marseilles with the other researchers (year 2)

- Take the lead in the organization of a workshop and a special issue 

- Offer administrative support to the PI in the daily management and supervision of the projects (yearly reports, contact with Advisory board etc.) (20%) 

- Participate in teaching (guest lectures, supervision MA thesis, grading)  (10%) 


The Postdoctoral Researcher should have the following credentials:

  • A PhD in anthropology, sociology, political sciences, geography or a closely related discipline with expertise on critical security studies, migration and urban studies 
  • Relevant ethnographic fieldwork experience in France and/or related to the research themes
  • Knowledge of current theoretical and societal debates in critical security studies, radicalisation and migration in Belgium and France 
  • Excellent written and spoken English and French  
  • Ability and interest to work collegially with the other members of the research team and to work closely with the PI (prof. dr. Nadia Fadil) 


The researcher will be recruited for a period of 3 years at 80% or 4 years at 60% (depending on the preference of the candidate). The starting date will be the 13th of September 2021.


Applications must include, in a single PDF file:

  • A motivation letter (maximum 400 words);
  • A preliminary proposal including research questions, theoretical approaches and methodologies, and literature (maximum 800 words);
  • A full curriculum vitae;
  • Names and contact details of two references;
  • In a separate PDF file: one writing sample (article and/or dissertation chapter) that provide evidence of connections and link with the theme. 
The shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview on June 21st or 22nd. 

For more information please contact Prof. dr. Nadia Fadil, tel.: +32 16 32 32 93, mail:

You can apply for this job no later than June 01, 2021 via the
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  • Employment percentage: Deeltijds
  • Location: Leuven
  • Apply before: June 1, 2021
  • Tags: Antropologie

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