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Prof. Dr. Karen Phalet

Fellow Abteilung Integration


Prof. Dr. Karen Phalet is a visiting research fellow at DeZIM-Institute for the academic year 2021 – 2022, hosted by the Institute’s DDM department. Her research fellowship is funded by a sabbatical bench fee from Flanders’ national science foundation (FWO) for her DeZIM-based research project entitled “Making and unmaking boundaries: Diversity and inequality in European (post)migration societies.” She is a social psychologist and a professor of social and cultural psychology with a permanent affiliation to the KU Leuven, Belgium, where she was also former director of the personality and social psychology research and methodology cluster and member of the faculty board. Previously held positions are a special chair for societal prejudice at RU Nijmegen and a permanent research fellowship of the European research center on migration and ethnic relations (ERCOMER) at Utrecht U, Netherlands. The DeZIM-fellowship follows earlier NIAS (Netherlands institute of advanced studies), Nuffield (Oxford U) and ARC (advanced research collaborative, GC CUNY) fellowships. Her research focuses on the nexus of migration-related diversity with inequality and lies at the intersection of social psychology with the sociology of migration and interethnic relations. It documents perspectives from immigrants, ethno-religious or ethno-racial minorities on intergroup relations and develops national (Belgian, Dutch) and internationally comparative data and evidence documenting diversity experiences, attitudes and policies with consequences for intergroup inequality, conflict and social change. Her current lines of inquiry are motivated by the need to establish, explain and address persistent and often dramatic disparities in educational attainment, national belonging and political voice to the disadvantage of immigrants and minorities in Europe.


  • Ethnic educational inequalities
  • Religion and national belonging
  • Interethnic relations and conflict
  • Diversity attitudes and policies
  • Solidarity and collective action for social change
  • Ethnic prejudice and discrimination