Ilke Adam

Director of Research Centre

Ilke Adam is an Associate Professor in Political Science. She is the co-director of the Research Centre for Migration, Diversity and Justice at the Brussels School of Governance (BSoG) of Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). Together with Florian Trauner, she also coordinates the Brussels Interdisciplinary Research centre on Migration and Minorities (BIRMM) at VUB, which unites over 100 researchers from 12 disciplines. She graduated in law (Universities of Leuven and Barcelona) and political science (Institut d’Etudes Politiques, Université Aix-Marseille III & Université Libre de Bruxelles PhD). 

Her research interests include immigration, immigrant integration, anti-racism and anti-discrimination policies, with a particular focus on the multi-level governance of these policies. She studies local, regional, national and European policies, as well as the interactions between governance levels. Beyond research on public policies, Adam's research interests extend to the study of multiculturalism, citizenship, anti-racist activism and sub-state nationalism. 

Ilke Adam is currently a consortium partner in two Horizon 2020 projects: BRIDGES on the production and impact of migration narratives (with a focus on West-Africa) and WHOLE-COM on integration policies for post-2015 migrants in small and medium-sized towns (focus on Belgium). She presently also conducts research and prepares publications on anti-racist activism in Europe and EU-Africa relations on migration. 

Recent publications include a book on Intergovernmental Relations on Immigrant Integration in Multi-Level States (Routledge 2021, co-edited Eve Hepburn) and the book Migration,Equality and Racism. 44 Opinions (Academia Press 2021, co-edited with Tundé Adefioye, Serena d’Agostino, Nick Schuermans and Florian Trauner) 

Ilke Adam teaches 'Diversity Policies in the EU' and 'EU immigration policies' in the Advanced Master in European Integration at Vrije Universiteit Brussel. 

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


BIRMM Research Day

Event on 17.12.2021

BIRMM Research Day

Event on 08.06.2021

Decolonising the University

Event on 22.03.2021

IES - UPV Lecture Series

Event on 03.04.2019


Sara Silvestre successfully defends PhD

News on 29.03.2019
Research news

Researcher llke Adam wins Charles Ullens Prize

News on 23.10.2012
Research news

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