The major interest of the members of the IDI group is to understand the structurally embedded struggles for participation and inclusion of individuals and groups in different social contexts. We understand identities as constructed and contested and investigate in our research how identities become (re)constructed under different constellations of power. We furthermore understand diversity and identity from an intersectional take, assuming that individuals are always multiply positioned through structural differences in gender, religion, class, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age and so on and that these different ways in which one is positioned interact. Given that many of the members of IDI are concerned with individuals and groups with a background of migration, displacement, or mobility, we approach identity from a transnational perspective, whereby we make an conscious effort to avoid methodological nationalism in our research. Following the lines of critical theories, power and agency are the key notions bringing this group together. In addition to the visible and solid forms of domination or suppression that are at play in this era, we also focus on the normalized structures and discourses of exclusion. These are often taken for granted and therefore difficult to identify, let alone subvert.
The members of the IDI group research these processes and contradictions by considering the levels of policy, interaction, and experiences within the historically informed (discursive) structures in societies. They question the basic assumptions of these (discursive) structures and investigate the interaction between normalized structures and the positions and actions of individuals and groups. They try to discover how individuals participate in various societal fields and negotiate their positions within local, national, and global contexts. Most of IDI members are qualitative researchers (narrative approach and ethnography), some combine this with quantitative methodology.
Ghorashi is the Program Leader of IDI and within her chair Diversity and Integration supervises several PhD researchers, including the researchers from her recently funded VICI project: Engaged scholarship and Narratives of change in comparative perspective. Saharso is the Coordinator of the IDI group and next to her position at VU sociology also holds a personal chair (at UvH) Citizenship and Moral Diversity and supervises various PhD researchers and Postdocs, including researchers in her newly funded NWO project: When culture meets gender in the consultation room: GPs’ and migrant women’s dilemmas around harmful cultural practices. Crul’s chair Diversity and Education hosts also several PhD and postdoc researchers including researchers within his ERC Advanced project: Becoming a Minority (BaM). Saskia Keuzenkamp has the endowed Movisie-chair, Participation and Effectivity and supervises two external PhD researchers. Her research focuses on the role and impact of experiential knowledge and experts-by-experience in the social domain. Anne-Mei The has the endowed chair of Long-term Care and the Social Approach Dementia with special focus in diversity. Lorraine Nencel, associate professor and specialized in gender and sexuality. Her research focuses on sex work and migrant sex work from a global perspective. She supervises two PhD researchers. Peer Smets is specialized in urban sociology and supervises three PhD researchers. Tara Fiorito is assistant professor and specialized in the exclusion/inclusion of undocumented youth. Elif Keskiner is assistant professor and her research falls under the areas of ethnic and migration studies, sociology of education and youth sociology, with a focus on social inequalities. Elena Ponzoni is assistant professor and is coordinator of Refugee Academy. Marieke Slootman is specialized in cultural diversity from representative angle. Ismintha Waldring is assistant professor and her research interests include boundary strategies, belonging and subtle mechanisms of exclusion in the education sector. From 2013, dr. Kathy Davis has joined the group as a research fellow, she is specialized in biographical research.
Sawitri Saharso (firstname.lastname@example.org), Coordinator
Halleh Ghorashi (email@example.com), Program Leader
Crul, prof.dr. Maurice
Davis, prof.dr. Kathy
Ghorashi, prof.dr. Halleh, Program Leader
Keskiner, dr. Elif
Keuzenkamp, prof.dr. Saskia, endowed chair
Kisubi Mbasalaki, dr. Phoebe, Research fellow
Nencel, dr. Lorraine
Ponzoni, dr. Elena
Saharso, prof.dr. Sawitri, Coordinator IDI
Shojaee, dr. Mansoureh
Slootman, dr.ir. Marieke
Smets, dr. Peer
Tack, dr. Saartje
The, prof. dr. Anne Mei endowed chair
Waldring, drs. Ismintha
Alphen, Carlijn van
Ocadiz Arriaga, Miriam