Prof.dr. Sawitri Saharso

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Professor in Intercultural Governance

Tel. 053-489 3268 / 3280

Fax 053-489 2159

prof.dr. Sawitri Saharso

Ravelijn building; room RA 4278



Sawitri Saharso is Professor of Intercultural Governance at the School of Management and Governance of the University of Twente (Enschede, the Netherlands) and Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology of the VU University Amsterdam. Her research fields include the governance of migration, religious diversity and citizenship within a European comparative perspective, the comparative study of European integration policies, gender, migration and health, and gender and education.

She studied sociology at the University of Amsterdam. She wrote a PhD thesis (1992) on the identity of migrant youth in the Netherlands.

Former positions include an assistant professorship at the Department of Education of the VU University and the University of Amsterdam, and later at the Department of Political Sciences of the VU University.

In 2006-2007 she was visiting professor ‘Democracy and Difference in Europe’, at the Institut für Politikwissenschaft, Universität Wien (Austria). She is managing editor of  Comparative Migration Studies

Sawitri Saharso is a member of the Council of European Studies  (CES) and member of the IMISCOE Research Network.


2010-2014 Choice or consequence? Choice or consequence? Explaining differences in the participation of women in mathematics,,science and technology (MST) in the Netherlands, Sweden and Iran. (1 PhD position, see webpage drs. Demet Yazilitas VU)

2009-2011 PROSINT (Promoting Sustainable Integration Policies) EU Project ( In collaboration with dr. P. Scholten EUR)

2009-2011 Integrationvision ‘Colourful Almelo’ (monitoring en wetenschappelijke begeleiding project Integratievisie Kleurrijk Almelo)

2009-2011 Language coaches and integration in Enschede (effectrapportage van Taalcoaches en Inburgering in Enschede ) in collaboration with dr. J. Svensson UT

2009-2011 Giving care, asking care: intergenerational volunteer aid and solidarity in immigrant families in urban Twente (Zorg dragen, zorg vragen: intergenerationele mantelzorg en solidariteit onder allochtonen in stedelijk Twente.)

2009-2011 Equal treatment in the proactive approach of troubling youth behaviour and youth delinquency (Gelijke behandeling in de proactieve aanpak van jeugdoverlast en jeugdcriminaliteit) in collaboration with drs. I. Bakker, prof. dr. M. Junger and dr. J. Svensson UT

2006-2008 Values, Equality, Differences in Liberal Democracies. Debates about Female Headscarves in Europe, “Specific Targeted Research Project”(STREP), EC 6. Framework Programme. (1 Phd-position; see webpage drs. Doutje Lettinga VU)

2004–2008 Project ‘Suicidal behaviour among immigrant young woman in the Netherlands: the relation with gender and ethnicity’ funded by the Netherlands’ Foundation for Scientific Research (NWO) (1 Phd-position, Diana van Bergen, 25 June 2009)

2000-2003 Project 'Culture, toleration and female autonomy in a liberal democracy’ funded by NWO in the research programme ‘Ethics and Policy’. (2 postdoc positions)

1996–1999 Project 'Gender, Ethnicity and Public Morality’ funded by NWO in the research programme ‘Ethics and Policy’. (2 postdoc positions)

1988–1989 Project 'Assertivity against discrimination' funded by the Ministry of Welfare, Public Health and Culture (WVC). (3 junior positions)

1981 Grant from WVC for writing trendreport ‘Women and political power

1980-1981 Project ‘Study delay and drop out female students’ Research grant UvA.


Saharso, S. en J. Svensson (2013). Politie onterecht beschuldigd van racisme.  In NRC Handelsblad 28 november 2013.


Sunier, T., Duijvendak, J.W., Saharso, S., Steijlen (red.), F, Emancipatie en subcultuur. Sociale bewegingen in België en Nederland. Amsterdam: Instituut voor Publiek en Politiek (IPP), 2000.

Jan en alleman. Etnische jeugd over etnische identiteit, discriminatie en vriendschap. Utrecht, Jan van Arkel, 1992 (PhD thesis.)

Leeman, Y. & Saharso, S., Discriminatie. Je kunt er niet omheen. Hoe Marokkaanse, Molukse en Surinaamse jongeren reageren op discriminatie. Amsterdam/Lisse, Swets & Zeitlinger, 1989. Opdrachtgever: Ministerie van WVC.


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.

Saharso S. (2013). ‘Cultural Agency, Critical Agency: Multicultural Feminist Perspectives. In Reilly and Scriver (eds.) Religion, Gender, and the Public Sphere’. Pp. 24-30. ISBN 978-0-415-84384-3. Routledge

Prins, Baukje and Sawitri Saharso (2013), Ch. 31 ‘Multiculturalism and Identity’, in: G. Waylen, K. Celis, J. Kantola & S. Laurel Weldon (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Gender and Politics. Oxford University Press, Oxford 2013, pp 781-802. isbn 978-0-19-975145-7.

Saharso, S. (2011). Reaction to Duyvendak, JW, Feeling at home in the nation? Understanding Dutch nostalgia. In H. Harbers (Ed.), Strangeness and Familiarity. Global Unity and Diversity in Human Rights and Democracy (pp. 97-99).

L. Hadj-Abdou, S. Rosenberger, S. Saharso and B. Siim (2011), The limits of populism (ch. 7) in Politics, Religion and Gender. Framing and regulating the veil by Sieglinde Rosenbverger and Birgit Sauer (eds.); pp. 132-149; Routledge isbn 978-0-415-56148-8.

S. Saharso (2011), Conclusion, in Politics, Religion and Gender. Framing and regulating the veil by Sieglinde Rosenbverger and Birgit Sauer (eds.); pp. 205-216; Routledge isbn 978-0-415-56148-8.

Publications international (selection)

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

Kofman, E, S. Saharso and E. Vacchelli (2013): Gendered Perspectives on Integration Discourses and Measures, in: International Migration, ISSN 0020-7985; doi: 10.1111/imig.12102

Yazilitas D., J. Svensson, G. de Vries & S. Saharso (2013), Gendered study choice: a literature review. A review of theory and research into the unequal representation of male and female students in mathematics, science, and technology. In: Educational Research and Evaluation: An International Journal on Theory and Practice, 2013

Yvonne Leeman & Sawitri Saharso (2013). Coming of age in Dutch schools, Issues of schooling and identity. In Education Inquiry Vol. 4, No. 1, March 2013, pp. 11–30

Saharso, S. (2012) Bookreview Colonial and Post-Colonial Governance of Islam. Continuities and Ruptures. By Marcel Maussen, Veit Bader and Annelies Moors (eds.) Imiscoe Research Series. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2011, Journal of Muslims in Europe 1: 219-221.

Lettinga, D. & S. Saharso (2012), ‘Politics and policies on the veil in France and the Netherlands: a comparison’ Comparative European Politics 10(3): 319-336.

Saharso, S. & D. Lettinga (2012) ‘Headscarf debates as a prism for conceptions of national  identity’ in N. Yuval-Davis and P. Marfleet 'Secularism, racism and the politics of belonging' : pp. 42-46. Open access publication Runnymede Trust April 2012 -

Diana D. van Bergen, Anton J. L. M. van Balkom, Johannes H. Smit and Sawitri Saharso (2012). ‘‘I felt so hurt and lonely’’: Suicidal behavior in South Asian-Surinamese, Turkish, and Moroccan women in the Netherlands. In: Transcultural Psychiatry 49(1) 69–86. Sage

Ersanilli, E. & S. Saharso (2011),‘The settlement country and ethnic identification of children of Turkish immigrants in Germany, France, and the Netherlands: what role do national integration policies play?’. International Migration Review 45(4)907-937.

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Academic publications Dutch (selection)

Saharso, Sawitri & Peter Scholten (2013). Comparative Migration Studies: an introduction. In: CMS vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 1-6.

Berg, M, van den, S. Saharso en J.S. Svensson (2012). Zorg dragen, zorg vragen: intergenerationele mantelzorg en solidariteit onder allochtone mantelzorgers in stedelijk Twente. Den Haag, Nicis.

Svensson, J.S., H. Sollie en S. Saharso (2012). Proactief handhaven en Gelijk Behandelen. Amsterdam, Reed Business.

Saharso, S. & P. Scholten (2010), ‘De integratie van ‘nieuwe Nederlanders’: tussen nationaal beleid en lokale realiteit.’ Bestuurswetenschappen 64(3), pp. 105-116.

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Leijenaar, M. & Saharso, S. (1983), Vrouwen en politieke macht. Trendreport over vrouwenstudies en emancipatie-onderzoek. Opdrachtgever: Ministerie van WVC, Stimuleringsgroep Emancipatie-onderzoek. Den Haag, Staatsuitgeverij.

Saharso, S. & Westerbeek, J. (1982), De precaire balans. Een reconstructie van de ervaringen van vrouwelijke studenten met studeren, achterraken en uitvallen. Opdrachtgever: UvA, Dienst Studentenwelzijnszorg.

Feeling at home in the nation? Understanding Dutch nostalgia. J.W. Duyvendak. Comments by Sawitri Saharso. In H.Harbers (ed.), Strangeness and Familiarity. Global Unity and Diversity in Human Rights and Democracy. Proceedings International Conference Groningen, NL. October 21-22 2010, pp. 97-99.