I am a researcher in sociology and research leader at the Institute for Futures Studies. I am also teaching at the Department of Sociology, Stockholm University. I received my doctorate at Stockholm University in 2012. In my dissertation, I studied ethnic discrimination in the labor market using experimental and quantitative methods, and individual strategies to combat discrimination using qualitative methods. As a post-doctoral researcher at the Institute for Futures Studies, I have studied the strength and stability of ethnic boundaries using experimental methods in the project “Segregation, Micromechanisms and Macrodynamics”.
In my current research, I continue to study implicit prejudice, ethnic inclusion, exclusion and boundary making in the labor market and in welfare services; in my own Projects: "Can we change a discriminatory behavior that we are unaware of?" A study of how to change ethnic implicit bias and its effect on the allocation of social welfare” funded by FORTE, and “Ethnic discrimination in a segmented labor market – when and where does discrimination occur?”, funded by the Swedish Research Council.
In the project “Can the implementation of artificial intelligence in the recruitment process enhance the inclusion of disadvantaged groups? A study of Swedish companies”, I study the consequences of the incorporation of artificial intelligence-tools into recruitment processes concerning the inclusion and exclusion of foreign born, women and older workers. This project is funded by the Swedish Research Council and conducted in collaboration with SCORE, Stockholm University.
Bursell, Moa & Filip Olsson, 2021. “Do we need dual-process theory to understand implicit bias? A study of the nature of implicit bias against Muslims”, Poetics.
Grobgeld, David & Moa Bursell, 2021. "Resisting assimilation – ethnic boundary maintenance among Jews in Sweden", Distinktion: Journal of Social Theory.