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Aigul Alieva (PhD in Social Sciences) is a Research Fellow at the Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER). Prior to her current position, she worked as an Assistant Professor in the Masters Programme in Social Policy Analysis at Leuven University (Belgium) and LISER.

Her research interests include social stratification and educational inequalities; immigration, race, and ethnicity; life course; policy evaluation; skills formation; partnership formation and homogamy.

She has contributed to a number research and policy projects, both at the EU and the national level, which included issues such as education and support measures for newly arrived immigrant children, ECEC participation and school dropout, education and innovation, and the integration of children of non-EU origin. She carried out a part of her research as a visiting fellow in academic institutes in Belgium, Canada, Italy, and the Netherlands. She currently serves as an external expert to the European Panel of Investing in Children (EPIC) by the EC and coordinated by RAND Europe, the Network of Experts on Social Dimension of Education and Training (NESET II) by EC and coordinated by the Public Policy and Management Institute  (Lithuania). She was recently invited to join the leadership team of a COST Actions project on International Ethnic and Immigrant Minorities’ Survey Data.

In her current research, supported by the National Research Fund of Luxembourg, Aigul, together with an international team of colleagues, is studying differences in academic performance between native and immigrant students. This project contributes to the migration and education field in the following ways:

  • It provides new evidence on the evolution of the immigrant-native achievement gap over time
  • It analyses the potential track placement bias towards immigrant students in secondary schools
  • It studies the effects of country and region of origin and linguistic distance on test outcomes in a comparative framework

Another major output of this project is the construction of a unique pseudo-panel database by matching available educational data from the IEA and OECD. The data allows researchers to study the performances of students from the 1990s to present day. The richness of the data also offers many valuable future research opportunities.

Ongoing projects



  • ALIEVA Aigul. Educational inequalities in Europe: performance of students with migratory background in Luxembourg and Switzerland. Éditions Peter Lang GmbH, 2010, coll. European University Studies, series XXII - Sociology, 243 p.

Book Chapters

  • ALIEVA Aigul, KLEIN Carlo. Quels liens entre niveau d'études et cohésion sociale? Comparaisons internationales. In: MARLIER Eric, BROSIUS Jacques, DAUTEL Vincent, DECOVILLE Antoine, DURAND Frédéric, GERBER Philippe, GUIO Anne-Catherine (Dir.) Cohésion sociale et territoriale au Luxembourg. Regards croisés. Éditions Peter Lang, 2014, 301 p.
  • FUSCO Alessio, VAN KERM Philippe, ALIEVA Aigul, BELLANI Luna, ROBERT Fanny, GUIO Anne-Catherine, KYZYMA Iryna, LEDUC Kristell, LIEGEOIS Philippe, PI ALPERIN Maria Noel, REINSTADLER Anne, SIERMINSKA Eva, SOLOGON Denisa, THILL Patrick, VALENTOVA Marie, VOICU Bogdan. Luxembourg : has inequality grown enough to matter ? In: NOLAN B., SALVERDA W., CHECCHI D., MARX I., McKNIGHT A., TOTH I., VAN DE WERFHORST W. (Eds.) Changing Inequalities and Societal Impacts in Rich Countries: Thirty Countries Experiences. Oxford University Press, 2014, pp. 437-458.
  • ALIEVA Aigul. School Effect on Individual Performance in PISA 2003: the Case of Foreign-Born Students. In: MICHALOWSKI I., AYBEK C., ETTE A., HUNGER U. Zukunft in Europa: Neue Kontexte von Migrationspolitik und Integrationsprozessen [Future in Europe: New Contexts of Migration Policies and Integration Processes]. Wiesbaden : VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften, 2008.

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