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Marieke Slootman is a sociologist, working at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU). Her research relates to societal inequality and ‘minority formation’. She is particularly interested in the question what it means for an individual to be (seen as) a member of a minority group. Currently, she studies ‘diversity and inclusion’ at universities and other educational institutions.


Slootman’s current research focuses on ‘diversity and inclusion’ in the educational system, at universities in particular. In her research, she often applies mixed methods approaches, bridging the divide between ‘qualitative’ and ‘quantitative’ domains.

Slootman started her academic research career at the former IMES (Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies, UvA), studying processes of radicalization and deradicalisation. After her dissertation, about processes of ethnic identification among Moroccan and Turkish-Dutch social climbers, she worked at Leiden University. In 2016, she was vice chair of the Diversity Commission, which – chaired by Prof. Wekker – studied ‘Diversity and Inclusion’ at the University of Amsterdam. Her research has resulted in many international academic publications, public reports and popular blogs. Slootman is involved in various national and international institutes and networks, such as the Institutite for Societal Resilience and IMISCOE

Valorisation is at the heart of her research. Many of her studies have resulted in significant societal impact, for example on the diversity policy at the University of Amsterdam, or the deradicalization policy of the City of Amsterdam. 


In 2000, Slootman graduated in Applied Physics (Twente University), after which she worked as a Management Consultant for McKinsey&Company. In 2006, she graduated cum laude in Gender Studies (University of Amsterdam). Her dissertation, Soulmates. Reinvention of ethnic identification among higher educated second generation Moroccan and Turkish Dutch – defended (cum laude) at the University of Amsterdam – was awarded the prize for best Sociological dissertation 2013/2014 by the Dutch Sociological Association (NSV). 


Slootman teaches courses on research methods (QL & QN), mixed methods in particular, and on ethnicity, identity, integration and diversity.

2009-2017: University of Amsterdam (BA/MA Sociology; BA/MA Thesis-supervision)
2014-2016: Leiden University (BA Anthropology BA/MA Thesis-supervision)
2017-2018: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (BA/MA Sociology; MA Thesis-supervision)

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Sociology, PhD, Universiteit van Amsterdam

Award Date: 5 Dec 2014

Gender Studies, Master, Universiteit van Amsterdam

Award Date: 6 Jul 2006

Applied Physics, Master, Universiteit Twente

Award Date: 5 Dec 2000


  • H Social Sciences
  • diversity
  • inequality
  • higher education
  • ethnicity
  • gender
  • integration
  • Social mobility


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