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Robert Larruina is a PhD researcher and lecturer in the Department of Organization Sciences at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, where he obtained a master’s degree in Culture, Organization and Management. He is also part of VU Amsterdam’s Dream Team Governance for Society, which focuses on fostering integration through entrepreneurship. Robert’s PhD project explores organizational dynamics in refugee reception, integration and inclusion in the Netherlands during 2011–2021. Drawing from organization studies, critical diversity, refugee studies and public administration, he studies the interplay between governmental organizations, civil society (sporadic, emergent or established) and volunteers, and how they engage in the reception and inclusion of refugees. In addition, he examines refugees’ role in the processes that claim to receive, integrate and include them in Dutch society. His aim is to determine the conditions, challenges and opportunities stakeholders face to create a favourable environment for the social inclusion of refugees. His project looks at voluntary work in reception centres (Larruina & Ghorashi, 2016), bottom-up initiatives during the “refugee system crisis” in 2015–2017 (Boersma et al.2019; Larruina, Boersma & Ponzoni, 2019), possibilities for political participation at the EU level (Larruina & Ghorashi, 2020) and socio-economic inclusion of status holders through social entrepreneurship (expected 2022).




Program: Masters in Culture, Organization and Management

Thesis supervision

Program: Pre-Master’s course in Culture Organization and Management

Field work and academic writing


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Academic qualification

Organization Sciences, Master, Faculty of Social Sciences

Award Date: 1 Aug 2012

Social Communication Sciences, Bachelor, Universidad de la República

Award Date: 1 Aug 2000


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