Prof.dr. Sawitri Saharso

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Professor in Intercultural Governance

Tel. +31 53-489 3268 / 3280

Fax +31 53-489 2159

Ravelijn building; room RA 4278

prof.dr. Sawitri Saharso

Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences VU University

De Boelelaan 1081, 1081 HV Amsterdam, The Netherlands




01/ 2008 -

Professor in Intercultural Governance, Department of Public Governance, University of Twente, Enschede

10/2006 - 02/2007

Visiting professor ‘Democracy and Difference in Europe’, Institute for Political Sciences, University of Vienna (Austria)

2004 -

Associate Professor in Sociology, VU University Amsterdam

2000 – 2004

Lecturer in Sociology, VU University Amsterdam

1992 – 2000

Lecturer in Political Sciences, VU University Amsterdam

1987 – 1992 Lecturer in Sociology of Education, Centre for Race and Ethnic Studies, University of Amsterdam

1983 – 1987 Lecturer in Sociology of Education, Centre for Race and Ethnic Studies, VU University Amsterdam

1983 – 1984

Educational Training and Supervision Intercultural Education Berlage S.G., Amsterdam



Course Academic Leadership, VU University Amsterdam


Course Curriculum Design, Educational Centre VU University Amsterdam


Course Teaching in English, Language Centre VU University Amsterdam


PhD Sociology, University of Amsterdam


Didactics Social Sciences, University of Amsterdam


Doctoral degree in Sociology (cum laude), University of Amsterdam


Candidate’s degree in Sociology (cum laude), University of Amsterdam


Course Academic Leadership, VU University Amsterdam



Recruitment and selection of women academic staff and the impact of affirmative action measures: a comparative study of cases of selected Ethiopian universities. Funding: Nuffic (1 PhD position, Senait Haileslase Khishen)

Datacollection: desk study, focus groups and interviews.


Explaining migrant women’s low social participation: the relationship with health.

Funding: SCP and VU (1 PhD-position, Jasmijn Slootjes).

Datacollection: statistical analysis and biographical interviews.


Choice or consequence? Explaining differences in the participation of women in mathematics, science and technology (MST) in the Netherlands and Sweden.

Funding: VU, NWO Plus Fund (1 PhD- position, Demet Yazilitas).

Datacollection: surveys and interviews.


PROSINT (Promoting Sustainable Integration Policies) (Austria, Czech Republic, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden,Switzerland, UK).

Funding: European Commission, DG JLS (European Integration Fund), JLS/2008/EIFX/CA/1039

Datacollection: desk study and interviews.


Integrationvision ‘Colourful Almelo’ (Integratievisie ‘Kleurrijk Almelo’) Comparing the implementation of integration policies at the local level with the policies in Münster.

Funding: Provincie Overijssel, European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) in the framework of INTERREG IV A.

Datacollection: desk study, survey and interviews.


Do integration programmes promote integration? Measuring civic integration programs in Enschede.

Funding: Gemeente Enschede.

Datacollection: surveys, focus groups and interviews.


Giving care, asking care: intergenerational informal care and solidarity in immigrant families in urban Twente (Zorg dragen, zorg vragen: intergenerationele mantelzorg en solidariteit onder allochtonen in stedelijk Twente.) (Main researcher: Mariecke van den Berg)

Funding: Gemeente Enschede, Hengelo, Almelo and NICIS. Datacollection: surveys and interviews.


Equal treatment in the proactive approach of troubling youth behaviour and youth

delinquency (Gelijke behandeling in de proactieve aanpak van jeugdoverlast en jeugdcriminaliteit).

Funding: Commissie Politie en Wetenschap, Nederlandse Politieacademie. Datacollection: survey, observation and interviews.


Values, Equality, Differences in Liberal Democracies. Debates about Female

Headscarves in Europe (Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Turkey).

Funding: Specific Targeted Research Project (STREP), EC 6. Framework

Programme. (including 1 Phd-position, Doutje Lettinga). Datacollection: desk study and frame analysis.


Suicidal behaviour among immigrant young woman in the Netherlands: the relation with gender and ethnicity.

Funding: NWO Open Competition (1 Phd-position, Diana van Bergen).

Datacollection: statistical analysis, analysis of medical case files and biographical interviews.


Culture, toleration and female autonomy in a liberal democracy.

Funding: NWO in the research programme ‘Ethics and Policy’ (2 postdoc positions).

Datacollection: desk study.


Gender, Ethnicity and Public Morality.

Funding: NWO in the research programme ‘Ethics and Policy’. (2 postdoc positions).

Datacollection: desk study.


Moroccan, Moluccan and Surinames youth responding to discrimination.

Funding: Ministry of Welfare, Public Health and Culture (WVC) (3 junior positions).

Datacollection: interviews.


Trendreport ‘Women and political power’ (2 junior positions).

Funding: Ministry of Welfare, Public Health and Culture (WVC).

Datacollection: desk study.


Study delay and drop out female students (2 junior positions).

Funding: University of Amsterdam.

Datacollection: desk study and interviews.


2013 –

Senait Haileslase Khishen (supervisor, University of Twente)

2012 –

Jasmijn Slootjes (supervisor, VU University Amsterdam)

2010 –

Demet Yazilitas (supervisor, VU University Amsterdam)

2009 – 2014

Mariecke van den Berg (supervisor, University of Twente)

2006 – 2011

Doutje Lettinga (supervisor, VU University Amsterdam)

2004 – 2009

Diana van Bergen (supervisor, VU University Amsterdam)

2004 – 2010

Evelyn Ersanilli (second supervisor, VU University Amsterdam)





Member of the IMISCOE Research Network.


Member of Council for European Studies (CES) research network on Immigration



Gender equality, cultural diversity: European comparisons and lessons. Two cross-European conferences jointly coordinated with Anne Phillips, London School of Economics, London, 27-28 May 2005, Amsterdam, 8-9 June 2006. Funded by the Nuffield foundation.


Expert seminar Ethno-Religious Cultures, Identities and Political Philosophy. Contextualised Morality: Problems and Prospects, jointly coordinated with Veit Bader, University of Amsterdam, 2-5 July 2002. Funded by KNAW, UvA and the Netherlands’ School for Research in Practical Philosophy.


2013 -

Editor-in-chief Comparative MigrationStudies, starting grant Open Access journal NWO awarded in 2012

2011 -

Consultant Gender Mainstreaming for the ‘Sustainable tourism based on natural resource management with gender balance towards women’ (Strongbow) project Ethiopia, funded by NICHE, Nuffic.


Talentcommittee NWO


Mosaiccommittee NWO

02/2001 - 02/2002

Member Advisory Commission 'Labour Participation Women from Ethnic

Minorities’ (AVEM) for the Minister of the Metropolitan Cities and Integration

Policy and the State Secretary of Social Affairs and Employment

1992 - 2011

Editor Migrantenstudies

On a regular basis:

Consultation by the Directorate Co-ordination Emancipation Policy, Ministry of Social Affairs and the

Directorate Co-ordination Integration Minorities, Ministry of Law, local government

Consultation by social organizations (for example 2012-2013 member support committee E-module Forced Marriage FIER expert centre domestic violence)

Member of PhD-commissions

Reviewer for several international academic journals

Public lectures and debates, newspaper articles and interviews


Recent publications:

Lettinga,   D. & Saharso, S. (2014), Outsiders Within: Framing and Regulation of Headscarves in France, Germany and The Netherlands. Social Inclusion (ISSN: 2183-2803)  Volume 2, Issue 3: 29-39.

J.S. Svenssona & Sawitri Saharso (2014), Proactive policing and equal treatment of ethnic-minority youths. In: Policing and Society: An International Journal of Research and Policy

Christine Delhaye, Sawitri Saharso, and Victor van de Ven (2014). Immigrant Youths’Contribution to Urban Culture in Amsterdam in: Foner, Rath, Duyvendak and van Reekum (eds.) New York and Amsterdam, Immigration and the New Urban Landscape. Ch. 10, pp. 287-309. 2014 New York University. ISBN 978-0-8147-3844-3.

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