Dr. Evelyne Baillergeau is a senior researcher at the University of Amsterdam. She received a Ph.D. in Urban Sociology from the University of Grenoble (France).
Her main area of research has been the ways European and North American societies conceptualise their margins as social problems and the ways they frame responses to these, whether it is towards social inclusion, criminalisation, rehabilitation, rejection or neutralisation. Drawing upon various policy areas, she has studied how the various responses get along with each other and how they impact marginalised sections of society and those indirectly affected by social inequality. Predominantly resorting to qualitative methods, she considers various viewpoints: those of agencies involved in policy-making and policy implementation and also those of policy target groups, whether they are directly or indirectly affected by social inequality. Most of her research has been performed in the Netherlands and Canada. She also has a keen interest in other parts of Europe and North America.
Since July 2013 she is committed to the EU-FP7 funded SocIEtY project, with a particular focus on the aspirations of young people in a sociological perspective.
She is also an associate researcher at CESDIP (Centre for Sociological Research on Law and Criminal Justice Institutions - CNRS, France) and an associate member of CREMIS (Montreal's Research Centre on Social Inequality and Discrimination - where she was employed from 2006 till 2013) through a commitment to the PRAXCIT research team (dedicated to citizen participation in research and action on social inequality).