The project “Pathways to Power: The Political Representation of Citizens of Immigrant Origin in Seven European Democracies” is a cooperative international endeavour on the political representation of citizens of immigrant origin in eight European Democracies. Over the past decades, European societies have grown increasingly ethnically diverse. Immigration is one of the most important challenges facing Europe today. Social and political participation constitutes the ultimate expression of integration in society. The project seeks to advance knowledge on descriptive representation of citizens of immigrant origin at the national and regional levels over a twenty year period. Additionally, the project adds an innovative dimension by examining substantive representation of citizens of immigrant origin at the national level. PATHWAYS examines participation patterns in Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, and United Kingdom. The team includes over 20 scholars, working in several participant institutions, led by the University of Amsterdam (Netherlands), University of Bamberg (Germany), University of Leicester (United Kingdom), and Sciences Po Paris (France).
Within the project, I am a research fellow for the French team (led by Dr. Manlio Cinalli). I am also a contributor to the development and data collection guidelines of WP 4.1 (Patterns of Mobilisation: Public Opinion) and WP 4.2/3 (Pro- and anti-immigration mobilisation).
The project BE-PATHWAYS is an innovative and comparative inter-university collaboration of a team of junior and senior scholars examining the political representation of citizens of immigrant origin in Belgium. It is part of an international PATHWAYS consortium, which analyses the political representation of citizens of immigrant origin in seven additional European. The principal goal of this particular project is twofold. On one hand, the project seeks to advance the knowledge and scholarship of the descriptive representation of citizens of immigrant origin in Belgium’s legislative assemblies, at the regional (Flanders, Wallonia and Brussels) and national levels. On the other hand, and as part of its innovative nature, the project seeks to analyse the parliamentary activities of representatives of immigrant origin (substantive representation).
As a co-investigator, I coordinate the Belgian data collection and analysis.