Staff

Prof.dr. Sawitri Saharso

picture of Sawitri Saharso
Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences VU University
De Boelelaan 1081, 1081 HV Amsterdam, The Netherlands
S.Saharso@vu.nl

University of Humanistic Studies (UvH)
Kromme Nieuwegracht 29
3512 HD Utrecht, the Netherlands
S.Saharso@UvH.nl

ACADEMIC WORK EXPERIENCE

  • 01/ 2008 – 01/2016: 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

EDUCATION

  • 2008: Course Academic Leadership, VU University Amsterdam
  • 2005: Course Curriculum Design, Educational Centre VU University Amsterdam
  • 2004: Course Teaching in English, Language Centre VU University Amsterdam
  • 1992: PhD Sociology, University of Amsterdam
  • 1985: Didactics Social Sciences, University of Amsterdam
  • 1982: Doctoral degree in Sociology (cum laude), University of Amsterdam
  • 1978: Candidate’s degree in Sociology (cum laude), University of Amsterdam
  • 2008: Course Academic Leadership, VU University Amsterdam

RESEARCH PROJECTS

2013

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.

2012

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.

2010

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 (Mozaiek proposal was accepted, but could not be funded by NWO, 1 PhD- position, Demet Yazilitas).
Datacollection: surveys and interviews.

2009-2011

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.

2009-2011

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.

2009-2011

Do integration programmes promote integration? Measuring civic integration programs in Enschede.
Funding: Gemeente Enschede.
Datacollection: surveys, focus groups and interviews.

2009-2011

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.

2009-2010

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.

2006-2008

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.

2004–2008

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.

2000-2003

Culture, toleration and female autonomy in a liberal democracy.
Funding: NWO in the research programme ‘Ethics and Policy’ (2 postdoc positions).
Datacollection: desk study.

1996–1999

Gender, Ethnicity and Public Morality.
Funding: NWO in the research programme ‘Ethics and Policy’. (2 postdoc positions).
Datacollection: desk study.

1988–1989

Moroccan, Moluccan and Surinames youth responding to discrimination.
Funding: Ministry of Welfare, Public Health and Culture (WVC) (3 junior positions).
Datacollection: interviews.

1981

Trendreport ‘Women and political power’ (2 junior positions).
Funding: Ministry of Welfare, Public Health and Culture (WVC).
Datacollection: desk study.

1980-1981

Study delay and drop out female students (2 junior positions).
Funding: University of Amsterdam.
Datacollection: desk study and interviews.

PHD SUPERVISION

  • 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)

International networks

  • Member of the IMISCOE Research Network.
  • Member of Council for European Studies (CES) research network on Immigration

International conference organization

  • 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.

Social activities

  • 2013 - Starting grant NWO in 2012 for Open Access journal Comparative Migration
  • Studies, since 2013 editor-in-chief.
  • 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.
  • 2013 Talentcommittee NWO
  • 2010-2012 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

PUBLICATIONS