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mw. dr. W. (Wahideh) Achbari

Faculteit der Maatschappij- en Gedragswetenschappen
Programmagroep: Challenges to Democratic Representation

  • Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
  • Kamernummer:B.9.16
  • Postbus 15578
    1001 NB Amsterdam
  • Qualifications, Research Interests & Projects


    • PhD Politics & IR, University of Edinburgh
    • MSc by Research Politics, University of Edinburgh
    • BA and MSc Politics & IR, University of Amsterdam

    Research Interests

    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
  • Publications & Work in Progress

    Journal Articles

    • Achbari, W., M. Gesthuizen and J. Holm (2018) ‘Ethnic diversity and generalized trust: testing the contact hypothesis in Dutch voluntary organizations’, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly.    https://doi.org/10.1177/0899764018764328
    • 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. https://doi.org/10.1080/1369183X.2015.1053851
    • 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. https://doi.org/10.1080/01419870.2013.826811
    • Van den Bos, M. and W. Achbari (2007) ‘Cultural migration: Networks of Iranian organizations in the Netherlands’, Migration Letters, 4(2): 171-181.


    • Achbari, W. (2016) The paradox of diversity: Why does interethnic contact in voluntary organizations not lead to generalized trust?, International Migration Integration and Social Cohesion network, Dordrecht: Springer Science. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-44243-3

    Manuscripts under Review

    • Achbari, W. B. Geys, and B. Doosje, ‘Comparing the effect of cross-group friendship on generalized trust to its effect on prejudice: The mediating role of threat perceptions and negative affect’, revise and resubmit at PLoS ONE.
    • 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’, under review at American Journal of Sociology.

    Manuscripts in Preparation

    • 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. and W. Bernasco, ‘Asylum seekers and neighborhood crime: a longitudinal spatial analysis’, to be submitted to Journal of Quantitative Criminology.
    • 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.

    Research Report

    • Achbari, W. and A.S. Leerkes (2017) Van perceptie naar feit: Asielzoekers en Buurtcriminaliteit [From perceptions to facts: Asylum seekers and neighbourhood crime], Den Haag: WODC, Ministerie van Justitie & Veiligheid


    • Achbari, W. (2016) ‘Institutionalizing Islam in the Netherlands: A historical overview of the 1990s’, invited contribution at Groniek, 208/209.
    • Achbari, W. (2004) ‘Modern Iran: een [a] paradox?’ Boekbespreking van [Review of] Ansari, Ali M. Modern Iran Since 1921, The Pahlavis and After’, Sharqiyyāt, 16(2): 127-129.
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