Laura Westerveen defends her PhD thesis

On 9 October 2020 Laura Westerveen successfully defended her PhD thesis entitled "Ethno-racial (In)equality in Belgium and Germany: Understanding Policy Frames”. Laura’s dissertation explores the framing of inequalities along ethno-racial lines in policy discourses. In particular, it identifies different types of ‘policy frames’ surrounding these inequalities in Belgian and German education and employment policies. 

“You wrote a phantastic thesis that should be read by many. You moved beyond immigrant integration policies studies towards more than necessary understanding of ethno-racial equality policies. You created this bi-dimensional conceptual space that can trigger new discussions”, praised Laura’s Promotor, Prof. Dr. Ilke Adam (VUB).

The PhD defense was chaired by Prof. Florian Trauner (VUB). Other members of jury were Prof. Dr. Eline Severs (VUB), Prof. Dr. Sophie Withaeckx (VUB), Prof. Dr. Saskia Bonjour (Universiteit Amsterdam), Prof. Dr. Christof Roos (Universiteit Flensburg) and Prof. Dr. Gökçe Yurdakul (Humboldt Universiteit, Berlijn).

Our warmest congratulations to Dr. Westerveen on her success!

Read a short summary of Laura's PhD thesis