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Halleh Ghorashi is born in Iran and came to the Netherlands in 1988. Since 2012 she is Full Professor of Diversity and Integration and Head of the epartment of Sociology at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Between 2005 and 2012 she held the prestigious position of PaVEM-chair in Management of Diversity and Integration at the Department of Organization Science at the VU.

Research

Ghorashi's research focuses on issues such as diasporic positioning, refugee's narratives, cultural diversity, emancipation and inclusion with the particular focus on power dynamics in society and organizations. She combines expertise in narrative approach, ethnographic research  and experimental engaged methodology in her research.  

Prizes and Awards

2011 Best PhD supervisor award (chosen by PhD students). Faculty of social sciences. VU Amsterdam.

2008 Winner of the Triomfprijs—for societal contributions to the empowerment of black, migrant and refugee women in the Netherlands

2006  Winner of the VU Media-Magneet (Social Impact)

2005  Winner of the VU-Best Teacher’s Award. Nominated as the best teacher of the faculty of social sciences and chosen by VU University students as the best teacher at the VU.

Teaching

2014–present - Social Continuity and Change, Master Sociology, VU Amsterdam.

2011–2016 - Culture and Identity in Organizations, Master Culture, Organization and Management, Dept. of Organization Science, VU Amsterdam.

2007­–2008 - Masterclass: Management of Diversity. This masterclass brought together professionals from Dutch organizations, policymakers and refugees participating in the refugee empowerment project Van Binnen naar Buiten.

2006 - Masterclass: Management of Diversity. This masterclass brought students together with female migrant professionals to discuss issues on diversity in the workforce.

Ancillary activities

  • Movisie | Utrecht | member of the supervisory board | 2014-01-01 - present
  • ECHO | Utrecht | Lid van bestuur | 2014-01-02 - 2017-11-28
  • Vluchtelingenwerk Nederland | Amsterdam | Adviseur (lid Commissie opvang en integratie) | 2014-01-02 - 2017-11-28
  • Landelijke Netwerk Vrouwelijke Hoogleraren (LNVH) | Utrecht | Bestuurder | 2015-04-01 - present
  • COA | rijswijk | Adviseur | 2017-06-01 - present
  • ECHO | Utrecht | Lid van bestuur | 2018-01-01 - present
  • Sociaal Economische Raad | Den Haag | Crown member | 2018-09-01 - present

Ancillary activities are updated daily

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Research Output 2001 2019

The game of participation in Amsterdam East: an alternative to the neoliberal or a neoliberal alternative

Kovacs, Z., Smets, P. & Ghorashi, H., 2019, Enabling Urban Alternatives: Crises, Constestation and Cooperation. Fisker, J. K., Chiappini, L., Pugalis, L. & Bruzzese, A. (eds.). Singapore: Palgrave McMillan, p. 133-155 22 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

Open Access

Challenges of integration and belonging: Iranians in the Netherlands

Ghorashi, H., 2018, The Iranian Diaspora: Challenges, Negotiations, and Transformations.. Mostafavi Mobasher, M. (ed.). Austin: University of Texas Press, p. 74-92

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

Contested Belonging: Spaces, Practices, Biographies

Davis, K. E. (ed.), Ghorashi, H. (ed.) & Smets, P. (ed.), 2018, Bingley: Emerald Publishing. 420 p.

Research output: Book / ReportBook editingAcademic

Dancing with ‘The Other’: Challenges and opportunities of deepening democracy through participatory spaces for refugees

Rast, M. C. & Ghorashi, H., 29 Mar 2018, In : Social Inclusion. 6, 1, p. 188-198 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Dancing
Democracy
Refugees
refugee
democracy

Epilogue: Reflections on belonging, otherness and the possibilities of friendship

Ghorashi, H., Davis, K. E. & Smets, P., 2018, Contested Belonging: Spaces, Practices, Biographies. Davis, K., Ghorashi, H. & Smets, P. (eds.). Bingley, p. 379-389

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

Activities 2000 2018

  • 18 Lecture / Presentation
  • 4 Expert meeting
  • 3 Membership
  • 1 Conference

Race and ethnicity in the EU: between law and the social sciences

de Vries, K. M. (Organiser), de Hart, B. (Organiser), Ghorashi, H. (Organiser)
3 Dec 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventConferenceAcademic

ambadasseursnetwerk UAF

Ghorashi, H. (Participant)
8 Oct 2015

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventExpert meetingSocietal

Annual Dialogue on Protection Challenges, on the theme of understanding and addressing root causes of displacement

Ghorashi, H. (Participant)
16 Dec 2015

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventExpert meetingSocietal

Invited lecture "Racism and “the Ungrateful Other” in the Netherlands"

Ghorashi, H. (Speaker)
23 Jun 2015

Activity: Lecture / PresentationProfessional

Hoe welkom is participatiesamenleving eigenlijk voor vluchtelingen?

Ghorashi, H. (Speaker)
18 Dec 2015

Activity: Lecture / PresentationPopular

Press / Media

Interview in het tijdschrift Factaal

H. Ghorashi

1/07/17

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Other

The Changed Conditions of Critical Thinking

H. Ghorashi

12/04/17

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

Interview in het tijdschrift Zorg & Welzijn

H. Ghorashi

1/04/17

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Other

Radio Interview

H. Ghorashi

16/03/17

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

Interview in het Financieel Dagblad

H. Ghorashi

6/02/17

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Other