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Dr. W. (Wahideh) Achbari

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
WP Groep: Docenten Sociologie

Visiting address
  • Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
Postal address
  • Postbus 15508
    1001 NA Amsterdam
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  • Bio

    I am a Political Scientist by training (PhD, University of Edinburgh) with broad expertise and interest in computational social science. I have held different research positions across Europe and was granted a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Individual Fellowship at the University of Amsterdam (co-funded by the European Commission) titled Trust Radius.

    My research interests lie at the intersection of political behavior, political psychology, sociology, methodology, and migration studies. In my work I seek to understand the processes behind the creation and loss of generalized trust, confidence in governments, and crime. I am particularly interested in the impact of ethnic diversity and inequality on these phenomena, but also the methodological implications that follow from extant research. I use a wide range of statistical techniques such as multilevel models, structural equation modelling, (spatial) panel analysis, and recently machine learning ensembles. I draw on survey questionnaires, register data, and experimental data.

  • Manuscripts in Preparation
    • Achbari, W., J. Linde, B. Burgoon, and B. Doosje, ‘The relative impact of wealth inequality and income inequality on social and political trust: a global analysis’, target journal: Comparative Political Studies.
    • Achbari, W. and W. Bernasco, ‘Asylum seekers and neighborhood crime: a longitudinal spatial analysis’, target journal: Journal of Quantitative Criminology.
    • Achbari, W. and E. Davidov, ‘Re-assessing the radius of generalized trust through measurement invariance: cultural and educational differences across the globe’, target journal: Social Indicators Research.
    • Achbari, W. ‘Out of sight, out of group? Testing the validity of generalized trust as a proxy for intergroup attitudes and behavior’, target journal: American Journal of Political Science.
    • Achbari, W., B. Doosje, and B. Geys, ‘Value congruence, opinion diversity and the development of generalized trust: experimental evidence using a minimal group design’, target journal: Political Psychology.
    • Achbari, W. and A. Leerkes, ‘Crime offences among asylum seekers and the general population in the Netherlands: civic stratification, righteous migrant effect, or deportation anxiety?’, target journal: Social Science Research.
  • Publications


    • Achbari, W., Geys, B., & Doosje, B. (2021). Comparing the effect of cross-group friendship on generalized trust to its effect on prejudice: the mediating role of threat perceptions and negative affect. PLoS ONE, 16(2), [e0245983].


    • Achbari, W., Gesthuizen, M., & Holm, J. (2018). Ethnic diversity and generalized trust: testing the contact hypothesis in Dutch voluntary organizations. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 47(4), 813-835.



    • Achbari, W. (2015). Back to the Future: revisiting the contact hypothesis at Turkish and mixed non-profit organizations in Amsterdam. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 38(1), 158-175.
    • Achbari, W. (2015). Bridging and bonding ethnic ties in voluntary organizations: a multilevel “schools of democracy" model. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 41(14), 2291-2313.


    • van den Bos, M. E. W., & Achbari, W. (2007). Cultural migration: networks of Iranian organizations in the Netherlands’. Migration Letters, 4(2), 171-181.


    • Achbari, W. (2004). Modern Iran een paradox? Boekbespreking van Ansari, Ali M. "Modern Iran since 1921: the Pahlavis and after". Sharqiyyat, 16(2), 127-129.


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