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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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Social Mobility Social Sciences
national minority Social Sciences
ethnic identity Social Sciences
minority Social Sciences
Netherlands Social Sciences
overtime Social Sciences
middle class Social Sciences
ethnicity Social Sciences

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Research Output 2016 2020

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

Slootman, M. W., 4 Apr 2019, In : Ethnic and Racial Studies. 42, 5, p. 838-856 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
national minority
middle class
ethnic group

The Netherlands: From Diversity Celebration to a Colorblind Approach

Crul, M., Stevens, P. A. J., Slootman, M., Clycq, N. & Timmerman, C., Jul 2019, The Palgrave Handbook of Race and Ethnic Inequalities in Education. Stevens, P. A. J. & Dworkin, A. G. (eds.). 2nd ed. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan UK, p. 783-841 59 p.

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

Open Access
educational inequality
school choice
quantitative research
quantitative method

The use of information and communication technologies by older people with cognitive impairments: from barriers to benefits

Blok, M., van Ingen, E., de Boer, A. H. & Slootman, M., 22 Oct 2019, In : Computers in Human Behavior. 104, p. 1-9 9 p., 106173.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Aging of materials
Social Support

Ethnic Identity, Social Mobility and the Role of Soulmates

Slootman, M. W., 2018, Cham: Springer International Publishing. 217 p. (IMISCOE Research Series)

Research output: Book / ReportBookAcademicpeer-review

Social Mobility
ethnic identity
open access
lower class

Social mobility allowing for ethnic identification: Reassertion of ethnicity among Moroccan and Turkish Dutch

Slootman, M. W., 2018, In : International Migration. 56, 4, p. 125-139

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Social Mobility
ethnic identity
social status

Activities 2005 2017

Diversities Matter

Marieke Slootman (Participant)
8 May 20179 May 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventConferenceAcademic

Labelling and identification

Marieke Slootman (Speaker)
13 Dec 2017

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Ethnic and Racial Studies (Journal)

Marieke Slootman (Reviewer)

Activity: Peer review and Editorial workPeer reviewAcademic

WODC, Den Haag (External organisation)

Marieke Slootman (Member)

Activity: MembershipSocietal

Social Research Methodology Qualitative Research

Marieke Slootman (Speaker)
1 Dec 2017

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic


Best Sociological Dissertation

Marieke Slootman (Recipient), 2015


earning a doctorate

Wilhelmina Drucker Award – Early Career

Marieke Slootman (Recipient), 10 Dec 2016


social science

Press / Media

Diversity at Dutch universities

Marieke Slootman


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment


Marieke Slootman & G. Wekker


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Research