Folashade Ajayi

Folashade Ajayi

PhD Researcher Migration, Diversity & Justice


Fọláṣadé joined the IES as a PhD researcher in the Migration, Diversity and Justice cluster in February 2020. She is also a member of VUB’s RHEA Centre of Expertise on Gender, Diversity and Intersectionality as well as the Brussels Interdisciplinary Research Centre for Migration and Minorities (BIRRM). In her comparative study of black activism in Europe and the #blacklivesmatter protests, Fọláṣadé assesses their impact. In doing so, she seeks to explain differences in black mobilisations and their outcomes across Europe.

Fọláṣadé obtained both an MA (summa cum laude) and BA in Social Sciences from Humboldt University Berlin and studied Political Sciences at Université Libre de Bruxelles. Her research interests include intersectionality, social movements, Europeanization of anti-discrimination policies.

Before joining the IES, she worked as a research assistant at Humboldt University’s department Diversity and Social Conflict for several years. Building on her experience working for black grassroots organisations, she regularly consulted civil society organisations on the German and European level on issues touching upon intersectionality and racism in particular.

Research interests: Social movements; anti-discrimination policies; migration and minorities; racism and anti-racism, intersectionality, race politics, political sociology

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