prof. dr. H. Ghorashi

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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.


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.


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

  • ECHO | Utrecht | Lid van bestuur | 2018-01-01 - present
  • Movisie | Utrecht | member of the supervisory board | 2018-01-01 - present
  • Vluchtelingenwerk Nederland | Amsterdam | Adviseur (lid Commissie opvang en integratie) | 2018-01-01 - present
  • Sociaal Economische Raad | Den Haag | Crown member | 2018-09-01 - present
  • Stichting Oranje Fonds | Utrecht | Bestuurder | 2018-12-01 - present
  • COA | rijswijk | Adviseur | 2019-07-01 - present

Ancillary activities are updated daily

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Research Output 2001 2020

Box-ticking Exercise or Real Inclusion? Challenges of Including Refugees’ Perspectives in EU Policy.

Larruina, R. & Ghorashi, H., 22 Feb 2020, Europe and the Refugee Response: A Crisis of Values?. Gozdziak, E. M., Main, I. & Sutter, B. (eds.). London: Routledge, p. 128-148 20 p.

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

Open Access
EU policy
target group

Transcending the gender binary: Gender non-binary young adults in Amsterdam

Vijklbrief, A., Saharso, S. & Ghorashi, H., 2020, In : Journal of LGBT Youth. 17, 1, p. 89-106 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
young adult

Doing diversity: Unsettling the Self-Other binary: Cultural diversity in Dutch academic health care

Leyerzapf, H., 2019, 233 p.

Research output: PhD ThesisPhD Thesis - Research VU, graduation VUAcademic

Open Access

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, Contestation, and Cooperation. Fisker, J. K., Chiappini, L., Pugalis, L. & Bruzzese, A. (eds.). Singapore: Palgrave McMillan, p. 133-155 23 p.

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

Open Access
Social Mobility
policy implementation

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

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

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventConferenceAcademic

Lecture on diversity and engaged scholarship

H. Ghorashi (Speaker)
9 Feb 2015

Activity: Lecture / PresentationProfessional

Plenaire lezing "Verhalen kunnen verbinden"

H. Ghorashi (Speaker)
19 Sep 2015

Activity: Lecture / PresentationPopular

Inleiding over het thema "niet zelfredzamen"

H. Ghorashi (Speaker)
30 Sep 2015

Activity: Lecture / PresentationProfessional

ambadasseursnetwerk UAF

H. Ghorashi (Participant)
8 Oct 2015

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventExpert meetingSocietal

Press / Media

Interview in het tijdschrift Factaal

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1 media contribution

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The Changed Conditions of Critical Thinking

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1 media contribution

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Interview in het tijdschrift Zorg & Welzijn

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1 media contribution

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Radio Interview

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1 media contribution

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Interview in het Financieel Dagblad

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1 media contribution

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