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Leaders of color (since 2023).

This explorative project investigated the experiences of people of color in leadership positions in the Netherlands, focusing on the (semi-)public sector (see report Leiderschap in kleur) and the private sector (in progress). In addition, the role of boards and recruitment agencies in selecting and appointing leaders of color is investigated.


Family violence and parenting styles in the Caribbean Netherlands (2022 – 2024).

This project was funded by the Ministry of Health and aimed to provide a baseline assessment of violence in the family context of the Caribbean Netherlands, providing island-specific information about attitudes and practices that may inform policies that can effectively enact the principles of the Convention of the Rights of the Child and the Istanbul Convention. Conducted together with Ton Liefaard (Leiden Law School), Merel Griffith-Lendering and Tamara Salsbach (University of Curacao) and supported by Johan Kruip (UNICEF).


The parenting origins of prejudice (2017-2023):

The parenting origins of prejudice (2017-2023): a study on the role of parents in the development of interethnic prejudice in children, including White Dutch, Turkish-Dutch, and Afro-Dutch families. Funded by an NWO-Vici grant awarded to Judi Mesman. This project led to the book Opgroeien in Kleur (Mesman, 2021). PhD students Ymke de Bruijn, Daudi van Veen and Fadime Pektas. Co-supervised by Rosanneke Emmen.


Crafting resilience (since 2022).

Social resilience is often presented as a panacea for problems from inequality to polarisation. But what is social resilience and how do you build a resilient society? Over five years, the research project will examine social interventions that seek to create social resilience in eight Dutch cities. Funded by an NWA grant awarded to Anouk de Koning and co-applicants Femke Kaulingfreks and Maartje van der Woude. PhD student within the subproject Professional politics of Social work: Sharifa Redan, co-supervised by Femke Kaulingfreks and Willem Boterman.