Julia Martinez-Ariño was a Research Fellow at the Institute, where she worked as part of the “CityDiv” project. Her research focuses on how actors in French cities shape structures of diversity. In particular, she investigates the local governance of religious diversity looking at, among other aspects, the participation of religious actors in local governance structures in France. Julia received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain) in 2012. She was a Post-doctoral Researcher in the Chaire religion, culture et société at the University of Montréal. Previously, she did Post-doctoral Research at the Max Planck Fellow Group “Governance of Cultural Diversity” at MPI-MMG. Julia has also been a Research Fellow at the University of Vienna and the Centre d’études interdisciplinaires des faits religieux in Paris. Julia is also a Research Associate of the “Religion and Diversity Project” headed by Lori Beaman at the University of Ottawa and of the ISOR research group led by Mar Griera at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. She is member of the “Religion and Public Institutions” research network and the Spanish representative in the EUREL project at the University of Strasbourg. Her research interests include Judaism and contemporary Jewish communities, the processes of de-confessionalization and de-monopolization of the state, and the governance and accommodation of religious diversity in public institutions, such as hospitals, prisons and schools, and in cities.