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Liselot Casteleyn

Doctoral Researcher

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Liselot Casteleyn's Bio

Liselot Casteleyn (she/her) is a doctoral researcher at the Migration Law Research Group (MIGR), and a member of the interfaculty Centre for the Social Study of Migration and Refugees (CESSMIR) and the Human Rights Centre (HRC). Using a queer and post-colonial framework, her research focuses on sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) rights in the Belgian asylum procedure. Under the supervision of prof. Ellen Desmet and prof. Marlies Casier, she will analyse the complexity of queer migration narratives by considering both the narratives used by SOGI refugees to claim their rights, and those used by the state actors to assess their entitlement to these rights.

She graduated as a Master of Science in Criminology (2017) and a Master in Conflict and Development (2019). Liselot spent one semester of her master studying abroad at the University of Kent in Canterbury. During her studies, she discovered her passion for critical social research, which is reflected in her theses on the demonized Arab-European League and the resilient Kenyan LGBTIQ+ movement. Before starting her doctoral research, Liselot worked as a scientific researcher at the Institute for International Research on Criminal Policy (IRCP) at the University of Ghent on two short term projects. Later, she had the opportunity to get to know and work for two socially engaged organisations, first as a job councellor for vzw JES and later as a staff member for HUURpunt vzw.

Liselot Casteleyn's Publications

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Liselot Casteleyn's Professional positions

  • Doctoral researcher (FWO fellowship) at Ghent University (2020 – ongoing)
  • Staff member at HUURpunt vzw, the umbrella organisation of social rental offices (sociale verhuurkantoren) in Flanders (2020)
  • Employment counsellor with the ESF-projects Werkpalet and Jobteam at vzw JES (2019)
  • Scientific researcher at the Institute for International Research on Criminal Policy (IRCP) at Ghent University (2018)

Liselot Casteleyn's Education

University Degrees

  • Master conflict and development at Ghent University (2019)
  • Master criminological sciences at Ghent
Liselot Casteleyn's work details
  • Contact Hours: On appointment
  • Visiting Address: Paddenhoek 5, 3rd Floor, 9000 Ghent, Belgium
  • Postal Address: Ghent University, Campus Aula, Human Rights Centre, Universiteitstraat 4, 9000 Ghent, Belgium
Liselot Casteleyn's expertise
  • Gender equality, sexual and reproductive rights, LGBTIQ Rights
  • Migrant and refugee rights


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