Barzoo Eliassi

Barzoo Eliassi

Associate Professor
Department of Social Work Faculty of Social Sciences
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I hold a PhD in social work (2010) and serve as an Associate Professor at Linnaeus University where I teach at undergraduate and graduate levels. My research area engages with ethnic relations, social policy, social work, Kurdish and Palestinian diasporas, citizenship and multiculturalism in Middle Eastern and west European societies. Before joining Linnaeus University, I served as postdoc as the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Lund University between 2011-2013 and worked as a researcher at the International Migration Institute at Oxford University in 2014 where I carried out research among Kurdish and Palestinian Diasporas in Sweden and the UK.

I have taught at the The two-year international interdisciplinary Master's programme in Middle Eastern Studies at Lund University and undergraduate and graduate courses within the social work program at Linnaeus University. I worked as program coordinator for the master program in social work, 2019-2021. In 2015, I was approached and offered to be nominated by York University as a Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) for exceptional emerging researchers, acknowledged as having the potential to lead in the field on Migration and Mobilities. On August 2022, I was promoted as full professor in social work at York University, Canada.

I have reviewed:

Research fund application to the The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) in Canada.

Researcher Position within the MWK-Fellows programme of the Max Weber Centre for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies at Max-Weber-Kolleg Erfurt, Germany.

-Lecturer Position 

-Promotion to Associate Professorship 

-Master Program in Social Work 

Moreover, I have functioned as a peer reviewer for more than 27 international academic journals and reviewed book proposals for Routledge, Palgrave, Sage and Ashgate. In addition, I am a member of the editorial boards for the following journal and book series:

Journal of Qualitative Social Work

Education Sciences

International Editorial Advisory Board for Journal of Ethnic and Cultural Studies

The International Editorial Advisory Board for International Institute for The Study of Kurdish Societies (IISKS)
The International Advisory Book for the book series Postcolonial Matter/Materia Postcoloniale, UNIOR

I have also being part of dissertation committees at Lund University, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Malmö University, Mid Sweden University, Uppsala University and Stockholm University. In the same context, I have acted as an opponent at Leicester University, University of Helsinki and Oslo University. 

I have co-supervised a doctoral student to completion at Mid Sweden University and currently act as a principal supervisor for two doctoral students at Linnaeus University and as second-supervisor for a doctoral student at Bielefeld University in Germany.






Critical Social Work, Youth, Citizenship, Middle Eastern Studies,  Migration, Multictulturalism


Social Work, citizenship, migration, Middle Eastern societies, Kurdish and Palestinian refugees and diasporas, multiculturalism, welfare policy, statelessness, politics of belonging, identity formation and youth


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