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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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Education/Academic qualification

Sociology, PhD, Universiteit van Amsterdam

Gender Studies, Master, Universiteit van Amsterdam

Applied Physics, Master, Universiteit Twente


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

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national minority Social Sciences
Social Mobility Social Sciences
minority Social Sciences
ethnic identity Social Sciences
earning a doctorate Social Sciences
coaching Social Sciences
exclusion Social Sciences
grant Social Sciences

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Research Output 2016 2018

Ethnic Identity, Social Mobility and the Role of Soulmates

Slootman, M. W., 2018, Cham: Springer International Publishing. 202 p. (IMISCOE Research Series)

Research output: Book / ReportBookAcademicpeer-review

Social Mobility
ethnic identity
open access
lower class

Ethnic-minority climbers: Evaluating “minority cultures of mobility” as a lens to study Dutch minority student organizations

Slootman, M. W., 4 May 2018, In : Ethnic and Racial Studies. p. 1-19 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

national minority
middle class
ethnic group

The politics of belonging: Religiosity and identification among second-generation Moroccan Dutch

Slootman, M. W. & Duyvendak, J. W., 2018, Growing up Muslim in Europe and the United States. Bozorgmehr, M. & Kasinitz, P. (eds.). New York: Routledge, p. 111-129

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review


Diversiteit vraagt toch om hokjesdenken

Slootman, M. W., 11 Sep 2017

Research output: Online publication or Non-textual formOnline publication or WebsitePopular

Open Access

Activities 2005 2017

Kijken naar integratie

Slootman, M. W. (Speaker)
21 Nov 2017

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Sociologie (Journal)

Slootman, M. W. (Reviewer)

Activity: Peer review and Editorial workPeer reviewAcademic

Let's do Diversity

Slootman, M. W. (Speaker)
30 Sep 2017

Activity: Lecture / PresentationProfessional

WODC, Den Haag (External organisation)

Slootman, M. W. (Member)

Activity: MembershipSocietal

Mixed Methods

Slootman, M. W. (Speaker)
7 Jan 2017

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic


Best Sociological Dissertation

M.W. Slootman (Recipient), 2015

Prize: Prize / AwardAcademic

earning a doctorate

Wilhelmina Drucker Award – Early Career

M.W. Slootman (Recipient), 10 Dec 2016

Prize: Prize / AwardAcademic

social science

Press / Media

Diversity at Dutch universities

M.W. Slootman


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment


M.W. Slootman & G. Wekker


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Research