Ilke Adam

Director of Research Centre

Ilke Adam is a Director of the Research Centre for Migration, Diversity and Justice and an Associate Professor in Migration & Diversity at the Brussels School of Governance. She coordinates the Migration, Diversity and Justice research cluster at the Brussels School of Governance of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and a part-time lecturer at the Université Libre de Bruxelles. Ilke Adam holds a PhD in social and political science from the Université Libre de Bruxelles (2010), entitled ‘Beyond National Models? Immigrant Integration Policies of the Belgian Regions”. She also holds a Master after Master in Comparative Politics (Institut d’Etudes Politiques, Aix en Provence) and a Master in Law (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven).

Her research interests include immigration and immigrant integration policies, multiculturalism, citizenship, discrimination, sub-state nationalism and comparative public policy. She teaches “Introduction to Political Science” in the bilingual (Dutch-French) bachelor in political science at the Université Libre de Bruxelles and "Diversity Politics in the European Union" in the Advanced Master in European Integration (EuroMaster) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Ilke Adam currently works on research projects and prepares publications on: the external dimension of EU immigration policies (EU-Africa); the multi-level governance of immigrant integration in federal and decentralized states; the Europeanization of immigration politics; sub-state nationalism and immigrant integration policies; religious accommodation for Muslims in the workplace, and integration and citizenship of Turkish, Moroccan and Sub-Saharan African Belgians.

List of publications (on VUB publications platform)


BRIDGES: Assessing the production and impact of migration narratives

Period March 2021 - February 2024
Funded By

European Commission - Horizon 2020

The immigration-federalism nexus: taking the subnational level seriously

Period October 2020 - September 2023
Funded By

Fonds Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek

EDGE: Evaluating Democratic Governance in Europe

Period November 2017 - October 2022
Funded By


BIES Joint Research Group

Period March 2018 - March 2022

MAXIPAC - Maximizing Previously Acquired Competences

Period July 2018 - December 2019
Funded By

European Commission

In the media

EU’s fight against racism isn’t working

Posted on 19.03.2021
In the press

Hoe het middenveld te muilkorven

Posted on 12.11.2020
In the press

Als niet je toekomst maar je afkomst telt

Posted on 28.10.2019
In the press