Sara de Jong is Research Fellow of the Research Area Citizenship and Governance, and co-lead of the research stream 'Justice, Borders, Rights'.
She has held (visiting) fellowships at the University of Goettingen (Germany), the International Institute of Social Studies, the Hague (the Netherlands) and the School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Leeds (UK), the Jan van Eyck academy (the Netherlands) and the University of Nottingham (UK).
Before joining The Open University, Sara de Jong held a Marie Curie Research Fellowship (EU FP7) with her research project 'Employing the Cultural Broker in the Governance of Migration and Integration' (BrokerInG), at the Department of Development Studies, University of Vienna.
In various research projects, she has analysed the politics of civil society and NGOs in relation to migration, gender and development, employing postcolonial and intersectional approaches. She currently conducts research on the claims for protection, rights and settlement by Afghans and Iraqis who have worked for Western military forces and development organisations, as well as on the activities and strategies of their supporters.
Her research has been published in the monograph Complicit Sisters: Gender and Women's Issues across North-South Divides (2017), Oxford University Press, and in various journal articles in e.g. the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, International Feminist Journal of Politics, Ethnic and Racial Studies, and Journal of Intercultural Studies.
Selected recent publications include (extended list can be found under the publications tab:
Sara de Jong has taught undergraduate and postgraduate courses in political philosophy; (post-)colonialism; gender; development and conflict; and, migration at different HE institutions in the UK, the Netherlands, Austria and Germany.
Together with Sanne Koevoets, she edited the book Teaching Gender with Libraries and Archives: The Power of Information (CEU Press). Free download available
She currently co-supervises three PhD students at The Open University in the fields of international development, gender and migration.
Sara de Jong contributed to the 2017 'Who are We' Tate Exchange as part of The Open University Tate Exchange Associates' Consortium, a week-long event on identity, belonging, migration and citizenship through arts and audience participation at the Tate Modern museum.
Together with Jacqui Gabb, she edited a special issue for Discover Society on 'Families and Relationships across Crisis' (May 2017), which collected contributions about the ways in which relationships are reconfigured against the backdrop of austerity and the so-called migration crisis.
The findings of her FP7 research project BrokerInG about refugee, migrant and ethnic minority staff of social sector organisations in the field of migration have been disseminated in blogs, workshops, and public lectures.
Sara de Jong is co-chair of Atgender: the European Association for Gender Research, Education, and Documentation.
She is on the international advisory board of the Rowman & Littlefield International book series 'Studies in Social and Global Justice', and associate editorial board member of Sociological Research Online.