Dr Yaghoob Foroutan

Dr Yaghoob Foroutan

Dr Yaghoob Foroutan holds PhD from the Demography & Sociology Program at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra, Australia. He recently completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis at the University of Waikato in Hamilton, New Zealand (2010-2013) where he now holds a position as Research Associate.

Dr Foroutan is also Assistant Professor at the Department of Social Sciences, University of Mazandaran in Iran. He also holds a position as Adjunct Research Fellow at Swinburne Institute for Social Research, Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia. Dr Foroutan is Chair of the Scientific Group on Demography of Asian Migrants and Diasporas, Asian Population Association.

Dr Foroutan serves as a Member of Jack Shand Research Awards Small Grant Committee, the Society for Scientific Study of Religion based in the United States of America. He also serves as an Editorial Board Member for the Journal of Cultural and Religious Studies, the International Journal of Social Science Studies, and the Today Social Science. He also serves as referee for a wide range of academic journals including Ethnic and Racial Studies; International Migration; International Migration Review; Journal of Population Research; Journal of Sociology; Language, Culture and Curriculum; Politics, Religion & Ideology; Review of Religious Research; Social Forces; Social Identities: Journal for the Study of Race, Nation and Culture; and the Sociological Inquiry.

Dr Foroutan’s PhD research examined demographic patterns and determinants of women’s market employment with specific focus on the effects of migration, ethnicity and religion (particularly, Muslim immigrants) and was awarded The W. D. Borrie Essay Prize by the Australian Population Association.

Due to his university training in both Demography and Sociology, the research interests of Dr Foroutan cover a number of issues: from a socio-demographic perspective, his research interests deal with gendered demography, migration and ethnicity, culture and religion. With regard to religion, his research focuses on the religion of Islam and Muslims. In these interdisciplinary areas, Dr Foroutan has presented widely at international conferences and published extensively in refereed journals and books including a book chapter on “Gender and Religion: The Status of Women in the Muslim World” in The World's Religions: Continuities and Transformations (Routledge Publication, 2009) and a book chapter on “Content Analysis of Religious Education in the Islamic Republic of Iran” in Society, the State and Religious Education Politics, (published in 2013 by Ergon Publishing House, Würzburg, Germany).

Selected Publications

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

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

(2013), Social Analysis of Gender Differentials in Language Learning Resources, IN: LED 2011: Refereed conference proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Language, Education and Diversity. 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, 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.).

Articles in Persian language are available on the following link: