Chaim Demarée

PhD Researcher

Senior researchers Crime & Society (CRiS)
  • Current position PhD Researcher
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    Department of Criminology
    Faculty of Law and Criminology
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    BE-1050 Brussels
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Chaim Demarée graduated in Political Science in 2002 at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and started his professional career at the Flemish Government where he concentrated on ethnic minorities, inclusion and integration policies. Subsequently he worked as an executive at a Brussels organisation focusing on policies such as well-being, social development and environmental (population) analysis. 

His academic career started when he participated in a scientific research project financed by Belgian Science policy in order to research the reciprocal images, expectations and discourse, and routine interactions of (local) police forces with ethnic minorities in (often) deprecated larger city neighbourhoods in particular. These insights were gathered using ethnographical inspired methods such as participant observation combined with elaborated interviews (both ethnic minority groups and high ranked police officers). The main goal was to highlight the difficulties but equally opportunities regarding routine police work within the framework of community oriented policing (COP) in a context of super diversity. Subsequently, Chaim Demarée participated in the doctoral research project of dr. Verwee which was oriented towards the gaining of insights in the attitudes, visions and discourse of the population towards the police in two distinguishable areas, rural and urban, by means of structured interviews and vignettes.

Chaim Demarée initiated his own doctoral research about the police occupational or patrol culture in a (local) police zone in Brussels, the capital city of Belgium, hereby using a qualitative research design (notably participant observation and ‘mini’ field interviews) incorporating a relativist theoretical stance in order to grasp the dynamical interplay of agency, culture and structure. He is also part time teaching assistant for the seminar of Political History of Belgium with the supervision of prof. dr. em. Demetsenaere Machteld. At the same time he is asked on a regular basis to provide lectures about (qualitative) research methods, the police occupational culture of patrol and beat police officers, citizen-police interactions and reciprocal images, the implementation of COP, social exclusion, etc.