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Marieke Slootman is a sociologist, working at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU). Her research relates to diversity and inequality in higher education. In her persuit for actual change toward more inclusive education, she combines research with the development and implementation of practical initiatives, like the VU Educational Mixed Classroom Model and toolkits for teachers and policy makers. 


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, the deradicalization policy of the City of Amsterdam, and the VU Mixed Classroom Educational Model which is a central pillar of VU's educational strategy. In her current Erasmus+ project, e-Inclusion, together with several European partners she is developing a toolkit for teachers to make their online education more inclusive   


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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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Academic qualification

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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