BiographyProfessor of social work, Mid Sweden University, Östersund, 2002
Professor, Center for Multiethnic research, Uppsala University, 2002 – 2008
Professor of Sociology, Uppsala University, 2009
Professor of International Migration and Ethic Relations, Stockholm University, 2008
Professor of Sociology, Södertörn University, Stockholm, 2008
Associate Professor of sociology (Docent) 2000 (Uppsala University, Uppsala)
Ph.D. in sociology, 1995 (University of Uppsala, Sweden)
M.Sc. in sociology, Uppsala University, 1993
M.Sc. in social work, Stockholm University, 1991
B.Sc. in sociology, University of Linköping, 1991
B.Sc. in social science, University of Tabriz, Iran, 1981
Professor, Mid Sweden University, Östersund, Sweden, from 20th May 2002 - Continues
Professor and project director at Centre for Multiethnic Research, Uppsala University, from 2002 - 2008
National Research Fellowship provided by The Swedish Central Bank’s Tri-Centenary Fund, Department of sociology, Uppsala University, from 1st, January 2000 – 31 December 2001.
Senior Lecturer, Mitthögskolan, Östersund, from Januari, 1999 – June 2002
Research fellow, Centrum för utvärdering av socialt arbete, Socialstyrelsen (The National Board of Health and Welfare), Stockholm, 1998-1999.
Research fellow, Project: Immigrants vis-à-vis the Swedish Socio-legal System, Department of Law, Uppsala University, 1994-1998.
Project leader, “Crime Prevention among Immigrant Youth,” Uppsala Municipality, 1992-1995.
Social worker, Linköping, Motala, and Uppsala Municipalities (three Swedish cities), 1989 – 1992.
Coordinating and leading research projects
• Leader of the governmental inquiry into “Power, Integration, and Structural Discrimination” (2004:4). From 22st April 2004 to September 2006 I was appointed by the Swedish government as the leader for the governmental inquiry into “Power, Integration, and Structural Discrimination” (2004:4). The inquiry was mainly a research project in which about 130 researchers from 15 Swedish and international universities participated.
• Leader and scientific coordinator for a major European Project: “The European Dilemma”. I was the scientific coordinator and leader for a major European research project in which research institutes and universities from 8 European countries participated. The project included many comparative studies about institutional patterns and politics of discrimination and social integration in Austria, Cyprus, England, France, Italy, Germany, Poland, and Sweden.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Revolution and modern social movements
Civil society and Islam
Racism and structural discrimination
International Migration and Ethnic Relations
Globalisation and social cohesion
Neoliberalism, social policy and social work