Tom van der Meer


T.W.G. (Tom) van der Meer (1980) studied Political Science and History (Leiden University), wrote his dissertation in (political) sociology (Radboud University Nijmegen, cum laude), and works as a full Professor, in particular Legitimacy, Inequality, and Citizenship, at the Department of Political Science of the University of Amsterdam. His research focuses primarily on three topics: political and institutional trust, social capital (most notably citizen participation, political socialization, and the relationship with ethnic diversity), and electoral volatility.


  • Full professor in Political Science, particularly Legitimacy, Inequality, and Citizenship (full-time), Department of Political Science, University of Amsterdam (2016 to date).
  • Head of the ERC Research Project CRITICALTRUST.
  • Co-director of the ADKS project (Dutch Adolescent Panel on Democratic Values).
  • Board member of Stichting Kiezersonderzoek Nederland SKON (2015 to date)
  • Co-founder and editor of Dutch political science weblog (2013 to date).
  • Editor of the Handbook on Political Trust, Edward Elgar Publishing (2017) [with Sonja Zmerli].
  • Member of the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities [Koninklijke Hollandse Maatschappij der Wetenschappen, KHMW] (since 2021).


  • Former co-director of the Dutch Parliamentary Election Survey (2014-2022).
  • Member of the state committee on the parliamentary system (commissie-Remkes) (2017-2018).
  • Founder and Former co-director of the Dutch Local Election Survey (2016-2017).
  • Former head of the Department of Political Science, University of Amsterdam (2022-2024).
  • Former director of the Research Master of Social Sciences, University of Amsterdam (2012-2014).
  • Former board member of the AISSR Research Group ‘Challenges to democratic representation’ (2012-2019).
  • Former member Advisory Board, ProDemos Huis voor Democratie en Rechtsstaat (2016-2023).


  • Doctoraat Political Science, Leiden University (2003): with honourable mention.
  • PhD Social Science, Radboud University Nijmegen (2009 defense): cum laude.