My research interests lie at the intersection of political sociology, political psychology, and migration studies. In my work I seek to understand the processes behind crime, the creation and loss of generalized trust, and confidence in governments. I am particularly interested in the impact of ethnic diversity on these phenomena, but also the methodological implications that follow from extant research. I use a wide range of statistical techniques such as multilevel, structural equation modelling, panel analysis, and machine learning. I draw on survey questionnaires, register, and experimental data.
Ongoing Marie-Curie Project
- Trust Radius in and out of the Lab
- Predicting the Trust Radius with Machine Learning
Manuscripts in Preparation
- Achbari, W., B. Doosje and B. Geys, ‘In whom do we trust? Intergroup friendship, threat perceptions and negative affect’, to be submitted to PLoS ONE.
- Achbari, W., J. Linde, B. Burgoon and B. Doosje, ‘The relative impact of wealth inequality on social and political trust: A global analysis’, to be submitted to American Journal of Sociology.
- Achbari, W. and W. Bernasco, ‘Asylum seekers and neighborhood crime: a longitudinal spatial analysis’, to be submitted to 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’, to be submitted to Social Indicators Research.
- Achbari, W., B. Doosje, and B. Geys, ‘Value congruence, opinion diversity and the development of generalized trust: Experimental evidence using a minimal group design’, to be submitted to Political Psychology.
- Achbari, W. and A. Leerkes, ‘Crime offences among asylum seekers in the Netherlands: civic stratification, righteous migrant effect or anxiety for deportation?’, to be submitted to Social Science Research.