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Sawitri Saharso is Professor of Citizenship and Moral Diversity at the University of Humanistic Studies in Utrecht and Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology of the VU Amsterdam and member of the VU Sociology research group Identity, Diversity and Inclusion.  She is editor-in-Chief  of the Open Access journal Comparative Migration Studies. https://comparativemigrationstudies.springeropen.com/

She is trained as a sociologist and combines this with an expertise in gender studies, political philosophy and (bio)ethics.

Former positions include a professorship in Intercultural Governance at the School of Management and Governance of the University of Twente (Enschede, the Netherlands) an assistant professorship at the Department of Education of the VU Amsterdam and the University of Amsterdam, and later at the Department of Political Sciences of the VU Amsterdam. In 2006-2007 she was visiting professor ‘Democracy and Difference in Europe’, at the Institut für Politikwissenschaft, Universität Wien (Austria).


Sawitri’s research fields include the governance of migration, religious diversity and citizenship within a European comparative perspective. She is interested in particular in questions around gender, ethnicity and public morality. (Project Culture, toleration and female autonomy in a liberal democracy and project Gender, Ethnicity and Public Morality, funded by the Dutch organization for scientific research (NWO); project Values, Equality, Differences in Liberal Democracies. Debates about Female Headscarves in Europe, funded: Specific Targeted Research Project (STREP), EC 6. Framework Programme.

Her current research is on gender, cultural value difference and (sexual) health. She has publicized extensively on so-called harmful cultural practices and women's autonomy. Her current projects include (at UvH): Taking care of caregivers (ZonMW Memorabel). This project studies for (usually female) caregivers of migrant background caring for a person with dementia: What are elements for successful sharing of care and how could these be stimulated and improved? What tools and interventions are needed to achieve awareness and improvement of sharing care?;Toward a healthy psychosocial adjustment of diverse foster children: Practical guidance with religious normative dilemmas in Dutch foster care (ZonMW Ethiek & Gezondheid)(Co-applicant. Programleader: dr. D. van Bergen, UHD Interculturele Pedagogiek, RUG.) This project examines how the best interest of foster children who grow up in non-matched religious placements can be safeguarded in order to provide them with a healthy psychosocial adjustment.

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  • Universiteit voor Humanistiek | Utrecht | Medewerker | 2016-01-01 - present

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