Associate Professor Yaghoob Foroutan


Dr Yaghoob Foroutan completed his PhD in Demography & Sociology Program at the Australian National University, Canberra, Australia. His doctoral dissertation on Muslim/Non-Muslim women's employment differentials in Australia was awarded The W. D. Borrie Essay Prize by the Australian Population Association. He has been Post-Doctoral Fellow at The University of Waikato, New Zealand (2010-2012), where he now holds a position as Research Associate at The University of Waikato Islamic Studies Group, Hamilton, New Zealand. Further, he is Associate Professor of Demography at Department of Social Sciences, The University of Mazandaran, Babolsar, Iran. Dr Foroutan also holds position as Adjunct Research Fellow at The Swinburne Institute for Social Research, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia, Adjunct Fellow at School of Social Sciences and Psychology, Western Sydney University, Sydney, Australia.

Dr Foroutan has served as the Chair of the Scientific Group on ‘Demography of Asian Migrants and Diasporas’ at The Asian Population Association; and as a committee member for The Society of the Scientific Study of Religion (SSSR) in the USA. He also serves as Editorial Board Member of six academic journals including Comparative Islamic Studies; International Journal of Social Science Studies and Technology; Today Social Science; International Journal of Social Science Studies; International Journal of Education, Culture and Society; Humanities and Social Sciences. Dr Foroutan has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals including Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs; Current Sociology; British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies; New Zealand Sociology; International Migration Review; Journal of Population Research; Journal of Beliefs & Values: Studies in Religion & Education. Further details about him are available at the following links:


2007 Doctor of Philosophy in Demography, Demography & Sociology Program, The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia

1995 Master in Demography, Tehran University, Tehran, Iran

1993 Master in Sociology, Azad University, Tehran, Iran

1990 Bachelor in Social Sciences, Allameh Tabatabaie University, Tehran, Iran

Honours and Awards

2009 The Award of Excellence in Research, as the Best Researcher in the area of Social Sciences in a competitive basis amongst the academic staff of all universities in Mazandaran Province, Iran.

2004 The Award of The W. D. Borrie Essay Prize (by the Australian Population Association) for the best PhD research, Canberra, ACT, Australia.

2001 The Award of Excellence in Teaching and Research by the University of Mazandaran, Babolsar, Mazandaran Province, Iran.


2018, Formation of Gender Identity in the Islamic Republic of Iran: Does Educational Institution Matter?, Journal of Beliefs & Values: Studies in Religion & Education, Vol. 39, Issue 2.

2017, Muslim Minority of New Zealand in Global Context: Demographic Perspective, Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, 37 (4): 511-519.

2017, Construction of Religious Identity in Contemporary Iran: Sociological Perspective, Journal of Persianate Studies, 10 (1): 107-127.

2015, Misunderstood Population?: Methodological Debate on Demography of Muslims in the West, IN: Yearbook of International Religious Demography, The Netherlands: Brill Press.

2015, Demography of Muslims in New Zealand: Comparative Perspective, Waikato Islamic Studies Review, Vol. 1, No. 1: 50-64.

2014, Social Change and Demographic Response in Iran (1956-2006), British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, 41 (2).

2013, Family-Work Dilemma of Female Migrants: Patterns and Strategies, Migration and Development,  2 (2): 1-19.

2013, Social Analysis of Gender Differentials in Language Learning Resources, IN: LED 2011:  May, S. (Ed.), Auckland, New Zealand: University of Auckland.

2013, Content Analysis of Religious Education in the Islamic Republic of Iran, pp. 49-67, IN: Society, the State and Religious Education Politics, Ergon Publishing House, Würzburg, Germany.

2012, Gender Representation in School-textbooks of Iran: The Place of Languages, Current  Sociology, Vol. 60, Issue 6, pp. 771-787.

2012, Multiculturalism and challenges of religion: The place of Buddhism from a comparative perspective, IN: Teaching Dhamma in New Lands, Bangkok: The International Associations of Buddhist University, pp. 334-348.

2011, Ethnic and Religious Discrimination?: Multicultural Analysis of Muslim Minorities in the West, Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, Vol. 31, no. 3: 327-338.

2011, “Multiculturalism and Women’s Employment: Sociological Perspective”, New Zealand  Sociology, Vol. 26, no. 1: 122-142.

2011, “Gender and Education: Empirical Observations”, Proceedings of 2010 Annual Conference of New Zealand Association for Research in Education, Wellington: NZARE.

2009, "Gender and Religion:The Status of Women in the Muslim World", IN: The World's Religions: Continuities and Transformations, edited by Peter Clarke and Peter Beyer, London and New York: Routledge Publication, pp. 223-235.

2009,"Migration and Gender Roles: Typical Work Pattern of the MENA Women”, International Migration Review, Vol. 43, No. 4: 974-992.

2009, "Religion, Migration and Social Change: Christian-Muslim Differentials", Australian Religion Studies Review, 22 (3): 295-319.

2008, "Women's Employment, Religion and Multiculturalism: Socio-demographic Emphasis", Journal of Population Research, Vol. 25, No. 1: 63-90.

2008, "Migration Differentials in Women’s Market Employment: An Empirical and Multicultural Analysis", International Migration Review. Vol. 42, No. 3: 675-703.

2008, "Employment Differentials of Second Generation Muslim Migrants: Assimilation and Discrimination Hypotheses", Immigrants & Minorities, Vol. 26, No. 3: 219–241.

2008, "South Asian Female Migrants’ Work Differentials: Multicultural Assessment", South Asia Research, Vol. 28, No. 2: 203–224.

2008, "Gender, Religion and Work: Comparative Analysis of South Asian Migrants", Fieldwork in Religion, Vol. 3, No. 1: 29-50.

2008, "Asian Migrant Women’s Employment Participation: Patterns, Determinants and Differentials", Asian Journal of Women's Studies, Vol. 14, No. 2: 109-141. (with McDonald, P.)

In Persian

Articles in Persian language are available on the following link:

Keynote Speeches

2018, "Religions, Multiculturalism, Globalization: Methodological Perspective", Keynote lecture presented at the Conference of the International Research Training Group: “Religious Cultures in 19th and 20th-Century Europe”, Religion and Transnational Religious Discourses: Globality Construction and Resistance, German Historical Institute Rome, Rome, Italy (June 21-22)




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