Bartolomeo Conti is an associated member at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris, where he obtained his PhD in Sociology in 2011, with a thesis on the rise of Islam in the Italian public sphere. For the last three years he was a research associate in the RELIGIOWEST project at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, where he examined the conflicts over mosques in Italian cities and worked on building the institutional response regarding the inclusion and visibility of Islam and Muslims in the local public sphere. He is currently writing a methodological book, based on the fieldwork he conducted, addressing how cities can better include minorities in the social fabric(forthcoming, fall 2016).
In 2015 Dr. Conti participated in a research project on the Islamist radicalization in French prisons, with the aim of elaborating methods for the social reinsertion of radicalized youths. Heis presently working on the relation between radicalization, religion, social exclusion, and political engagement.
He is the author of the book « L’Islam en Italie: Les leaders musulmans entre intégration et séparation », published in 2014 by l’Harmattan.