Working Groups

To ensure that the objectives of the COST Action are achieved, COREnet has established 5 Working Groups (WGs), which are responsible for the specific activities of the Action.

The main aim of WG 1 is to create a comparative meta-analysis in the intersection of migration and religious diversity in Europe over the last decades (including quantitative & qualitative research, studies on the national, regional, and local levels).

Main activity:
Systematic review and meta-analysis of research

WG1 Leader

Dr. Tuomas Martikainen

WG1 Co-Leader

Prof. Johannes Eurich


Dr. Eglė Aleknaitė

The aim of the WG 2 is to discuss migration in relation to religious traditions and non-religious beliefs by using religious texts and narratives. WG is working with narratives on religion and migration from a theological perspective. Also, it is working with locally based narrative cafés about everyday narratives on religion and migration. The narratives will be collected and (anonymised) communicated through digital platforms and analysed together with stakeholders.

Main activities:
  1. Theological analysis of narratives about migration from the perspectives of different religious and secular traditions.
  2. Establishment of narrative cafés on religion and migration together with stakeholders.
  3. Theological and social science analysis of the collected religious narratives on migration.
  4. Organization of PhD Summer School.

Dr. Aleksandra Djurić Milovanović

WG2 Co-Leader

Prof. Regina Polak

WG2 Co-Leader

Dr. John Klaasen

The WG 3 focuses on developing new, participative research methods to design practice-oriented research projects together with stakeholders at the grassroots on handling migrants and religious diversity, together with PhDs and ECIs. The WG will create local bottom-up pilot projects and aims at developing proposals for external funding.

Main activities:
  1. Systematic mapping of local responses in religion and migration.
  2. WG meeting with the focus on the exchange of innovative and participative methods.
  3. Development of local pilot projects with local stakeholders.
  4. Organization of PhD Summer School.
  5. Work regarding a further research proposal.
WG3 Leader

Dr. Olena Panych

WG3 Co-Leader

Mr. Berihun Wagaw

WG3 Co-Leader

Dr. Michelle Attard Tonna

The WG 4 focuses on analysing research and empirical material from a gender and age perspective. It is working with webinars that include external researchers, policymakers, and stakeholders. Lists of age and gender topics will be developed for the analyses in WG 1-3. The results from WG 1-3 will be included in the intersectional analysis done by this WG.

Main activities:
  1. Collection of relevant material from earlier research and from the local pilot studies.
  2. Organization of webinars to analyse research and empirical material through the lenses of gender and age.
  3. Organization of PhD Summer School.
WG4 Leader / STSM Coordinator

Dr. Gilda Seddighi

WG4 Co-Leader

Dr. Deniz Cosan Eke

WG4 Co-Leader

Prof. Halina Grzymala-Moszczynska

WG4 Co-Leader

Dr. František Trapl

The main aim of WG 5 is to take responsibility for the communication and sharing of information between all of the action’s stakeholders: academics, researchers, practitioners, policymakers, journalists and the general public. To facilitate this, WG 5 aims to establish and manage a digital platform (action website), narrative cafés, practice-orientated research projects and webinars, as well as to develop proactive strategies to connect with other networks and conferences.

Main activities:
  1. Organization of workshops/webinars for journalists.
  2. Publications of results in popular media.
  3. Creation and usage of digital and social media platforms for the results.
  4. Organization of dissemination events in connection with the conferences.

Prof. Juan Carlos Martin

WG5 Co-Leader

Dr. Alessandro Indelicato

WG5 Co-Leader

Dr. Stavros Parlalis