Post-doc for the project “The impact of resentment, misunderstandings and liberal values on radical attitudes”

Katholieke Universiteit Leuven


October 22, 2022


Post-doc for the project “The impact of resentment, misunderstandings and

liberal values on radical attitudes”

(ref. BAP-2022-658)

Last modification : Tuesday, September 6, 2022

The post-doc will be employed at the Center for Sociological Research (CeSO), University of Leuven, Belgium. The project is a collaboration between prof. Bart Meuleman, dr. Koen Abts and prof. Cecil Meeusen. The main host institution for the project is the Institute for Social and Political Opinion Research (ISPO) at the Center for Sociological Research (CeSO) of the KU Leuven. ISPO performs scientific research on social attitudes and political behaviour in European societies among both majority and ethnic minority populations. The Institute has a long tradition in the Belgian National Election Study, coordinates the data collection of the European Social Survey and plays an internationally leading role in applied quantitative methodology and social data science. ISPO incorporates the latest cutting edge social-science methodology in its social and political research and is expert in comparative analysis and cross-national research. Substantially, ISPO is specialized in social stratification, intergroup relations, welfare attitudes, political and social attitudes, and voting behaviour

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The selected candidate is expected prepare and submit international publications based on research outcomes of the project ‘The impact of resentment, misunderstandings and liberal values on radical attitudes'.

This project aims to understand the emergence of radical attitudes among native majority and Muslim minority group members. Radical attitudes of majority and Muslim minority group members function as mirror-images that may mutually reinforce each other, warranting a joint investigation and relational perspective. This is done by investigating the interplay between majority and minority attitudes and the (support for) radical behavior as a result of group position in terms of feelings of resentment, group-based threat, intra- and intergroup misunderstandings (i.e., perceived social norms and meta- perceptions), and the applicability and conditionality of liberal values (such as gender equality, freedom of speech or freedom of religion). This conceptual model can be investigated both among majority and minority populations (i.e. Turkish and Moroccan Belgians).

For this project, survey data were collected among a random sample of the Belgian majority population and ethnic minority population. These survey data can be enriched with new (digital, geospatial, text and administrative) data sources. The data is to be analysed with advanced statistical methods.

The post-doc will team up with a research group consisting of several PhD students, postdoctoral fellows and supervisors, working on related topics. In addition, the post-doc will be involved in existing national and international research networks and will be stimulated to present research output at international conferences and participate in seminars.

  • a PhD-degree in social sciences;
  • proven expertise with (part of) the research agenda;
  • excellent and proven skills in statistical analysis of micro/social survey data;
  • excellent and proven command over various statistical packages;

  • excellent and proven skills in writing in English;

  • a talent for combining personal initiative and team spirit.

  • Offer
  • A fulltime position, initially for 1 year, which can be extended to two years after good evaluation

  • A monthly stipend of around 2600 euro net, depending on previous work experience

  • Possibilities for further professional development (e.g. through additional courses, participation in conferences and seminars)

  • A stimulating and demanding research environment

  • The intended start date is flexible and dependent on the personal situation of the candidate but should be somewhere between November 2022 and January 2023.


    For more information please contact Prof. dr. Cecil Meeusen, tel.: +32 16 32 32 58, mail:

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