Dia Anagnostou

Dia Anagnostou is Assistant Professor of Politics at Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences in Athens and since 2004 Senior Research Fellow at ELIAMEP. She completed her Ph.D in 1999 in the Department of Government at Cornell University with a concentration in comparative politics and a minor in international relations.

Liviu Andreescu

Liviu Andreescu is associate professor with the Faculty of Administration and Business at the University of Bucharest, where teaches public policy. He previously taught at Spiru Haret University for a decade and a half. He holds a PhD in political science (from the National School of Political Studies and Administration in Bucharest) and an MA in American Studies (University of Bucharest).

Effie Fokas

Effie Fokas is a Senior Research Fellow at the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP), host institution to the Grassrootsmobilise project. She is also Research Associate of the Hellenic Observatory at the London School of Economics, where she was founding Director of the LSE Forum on Religion (2008-2012), A. C. Laskaridis Fellow at the Hellenic Observatory (2007-8), and co-taught on the MSc in Theories of Nationalism in the Government Department (2005-7).

Postdoctoral Researchers

Pasquale Annicchino

Pasquale Annicchino is Research Fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies and a Senior Research Associate at the Cambridge Institute on Religion & International Studies, Cambridge University. He has been Adjunct Professor of Law at BYU Law School (U.S.A.) and Visiting Professor at the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium).

Alberta Giorgi

Alberta Giorgi completed her PhD at the Graduate School in Social, Economic and Political Sciences (University of Milan) with a dissertation on Politicians’ discourses about political secularism in Italy. Since then, Alberta held research positions at University of Milan-Bicocca and the Centro de Estudos Sociais (CES, Coimbra) – with a comparative research project on ‘Political secularism in a Multilevel Governance Perspective’ –, and she was adjunct professor of Methods of Political research at the Department of Sociology and Social Research at the University of Trento.

Margarita Markoviti

Margarita Markoviti is political scientist, currently Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science and Comparative Politics at the Instituto Empresa, Spain. She received her PhD in European Studies at the London School of Economics, under the title “Education and the Europeanization of Religious Freedoms: France and Greece in Comparative Perspective”. She holds a BA in History from King’s College, University of London, a Master en Affaires Européennes from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques, Sciences Po, Paris and an MSc in European Studies Ideas and Identities from the LSE.

Ceren Ozgul

Ceren Özgül is a recipient of Wenner-Gren’s Hunt Fellowship and a visiting scholar at New York University’s Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies, where she is revising her book manuscript “The Return: Armenian Conversions, Secularism, and Law in Turkey” for publication. She is a legal and cultural anthropologist who received her Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from the Graduate Center, CUNY, in May 2013.

Mihai Popa

Mihai Popa studied sociology and social anthropology at the National School of Political Studies and Public Administration in Bucharest. In June 2016 he completed his doctoral studies at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology and at the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg. After conducting his doctoral research within the framework of the research project ‘Local State and Social Security in Rural Hungary, Romania and Serbia’, he undertook post-doctoral research within the framework of the ERC-funded project ‘Directions in Religious Pluralism in Europe: Examining Grassroots Mobilisations in the Shadow of European Court of Human Rights Religious Freedom Jurisprudence’.


Professor Eva Brems

Eva Brems teaches Advanced Study of Human Rights at the University of Ghent. She is Principal Investigator in the ERC Starting Grant project on ‘Strengthening the European Court of Human Rights: More Accountability through Better Legal Reasoning’ (2009-2014), the research team of which maintains a blog on the case law of the ECtHR (Strasbourg Observers) which serves as an important resource for the Grassrootsmobilise programme.

Professor Louis–Léon Christians

Louis-Léon Christians is Chair of the Law of Religions at the Université Catholique de Louvain, President of the multidisciplinary research institute on Religions, Spiritualities, Cultures and Societies and responsible for the multidisciplinary Masters Degree on the Science of Religions. He supervises a Marie Curie research project on Christian Orthodoxy and Human Rights.

Professor Grace Davie

Grace Davie is professor Emeritus of Exeter University and a distinguished sociologist of religion whose work on ‘believing but not belonging’ and ‘vicarious religion’ has influenced an entire generation of students of religion in Europe.

Professor Malcolm Evans

Malcolm Evans OBE is a jurist and professor of public international law at the University of Bristol Law School and has written extensively on religious freedom in the European Court of Human Rights setting.

Professor Marie-Claire Foblets

Marie-Claire Foblets is Director of the Department of Law & Anthropology, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle, Germany, and coordinator of the FP7 RELIGARE project (2010-2013) on Religious Diversity and Secular Models in Europe – Innovative Approaches to Law and Policy.

Professor Haldun Gülalp

Haldun Gülalp recently retired as Professor of Political Science at Yıldız Technical University, and is currently chair of the Global Studies and Class Strategies (GSCS) research group, in Istanbul, Turkey. He holds doctoral degrees in Economics from Ankara University and in Sociology from Binghamton University.

Professor Matthias Koenig

Matthias Koenig is professor of sociology of religion at the University of Göttingen and a Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity. His current research focuses on the role of law in the civic integration of religious minorities; in that context, he is studying litigation and jurisprudence at the ECtHR and their impact upon domestic arrangements of secularism and public religion.

Professor Nikos Kokosalakis

Nikos Kokosalakis is professor Emeritus of Liverpool University and Panteion University (Athens), and has worked extensively on the relationship between religion and national identity and church and state in Orthodox settings, from theological and sociological perspectives.

Dr Dilek Kurban

Dilek Kurban is the Marie Curie Fellow at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin and the Turkey expert of the European Commission’s Network of Independent Experts in the non-discrimination field. Before joining the Hertie School, she was the Mercator-IPC Fellow at Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP) in Berlin. Her work focuses on minority rights, media freedom and anti-discrimination in Turkey, as well as European human rights law.

Professor David Martin

It is with great sadness that we report the loss of a much-valued member of our Advisory Board and a great, in every sense of the term, sociologist of religion, David Martin. David was amongst the first readers of the draft proposal for the Grassrootsmobilise research programme, at a time when his support and enthusiasm were invaluable to Effie Fokas. He will be greatly missed by a broad community touched by his work and life. Another member of our Advisory Board – Grace Davie – reflects on his rich life here.

Professor Javier Martínez-Torrón

Javier Martínez-Torrón is professor of law at Complutense University (Madrid) and holds a PhD  in canon law. In the field of religion, he focuses on conscientious objection, the historical influence of canon law on the Anglo-American legal tradition, the international protection of religious freedom and, specifically, ECtHR religious freedoms jurisprudence.

Professor Pål Repstad

Pål Repstad is Professor of Sociology of Religion at the University of Agder, Norway, and an expert in qualitative research methods. He advised the FP7-funded Welfare and Values in Europe (WaVE) project in this capacity with insights which are highly useful for the present programme as well.

Professor Julie Ringelheim

Julie Ringelheim is Professor of international human rights law and sociology of law at the Université Catholique de Louvain. She has worked extensively on the concept of reasonable accommodation, in the ECtHR context and beyond, with the aim to elaborate a new conception of equality law that would be able to respond fairly and consistently to three essential challenges faced by contemporary societies, namely ‘non-discrimination,’ ‘redistribution’ and ‘recognition.’

Professor Lucy Vickers

Lucy Vickers is professor of Law at Oxford Brookes Univ. UK. She works especially on issues of religious discrimination in the workplace and is the author of a report for the European Commission on Religion and Belief Discrimination in Employment.

Programme Manager

Alexia Mitsikostas

Alexia Mitsikostas graduated from University College London (UCL) with a BA in History and French and then continued her studies at UCL to obtain an MA in Human Rights.