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Dounia bourabain

PhD Researcher , Sociology
+32 02 614 81 39


Dounia Bourabain is a PhD researcher and teaching assistant at the sociology department of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. She graduated as an honorary student with the greatest distinction in the master of sociology at the VUB. She also studied migration studies at Erasmus University Rotterdam. Her research interests lie within the field of inequality, racism and discrimination in different domains of society, among which clothing stores, schools, and higher education institutions. Her research has been publicly recognised and for which she won several prizes among others the P.F. Verhulst prize and the Acco Thesis prize.

She is also a member of the editorial team of the Tijdschrift voor Genderstudies and is a member of the evaluation commission of the federal anti-discrimination law.

Her most recent publications are:

• Bourabain, D. (2020). Shiny on the Outside, Rotten on the Inside? Perceptions of Female Early Career Researchers on Diversity Policies in Higher Education Institutions. Higher education Policy.

• Bourabain, D., (2020). Everyday Sexism and Racism in the Ivory Tower. The Experiences of Female Early Career Researchers on the Intersection of Gender and Ethnicity in the Academic Workplace.

• Bourabain, D. and Verhaeghe P-P., (2020). The Conceptualization of Everyday Racism in Research on the Mental and Physical Health of Ethnic and Racial Groups: A Systematic Review. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities. 10.1007/s40615-020-00824-5

• Bourabain, D., Verhaeghe, P-P. and P. Stevens, (2020). School of Choice or Schools’ Choice? Intersectional Correspondence Testing on Ethnic and Class Discrimination in the enrolment procedure of Flemish Kindergarten. Race, Ethnicity and Education. DOI: 10.1080/13613324.2020.1798379.

• Bourabain, D. & Verhaeghe, P.-P., 2018. Could You Help Me, Please? Intersectional Field Experiments on Everyday Discrimination in Clothing Stores. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 45(11), pp. 2026-2044.

Research Expertise: Inequality, racism, sexism, discrimination, higher education institutions, schools, diversity policies, gender, race relations, field experiments

Research Methodology: Quantitative methodology, quantitative methodologies, in-depth interviews, survey, field experiments


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Vrije Universiteit Brussel
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