dr. Borja Martinovic
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I am trained in both sociological and social-psychological research traditions. I completed a PhD in sociology, and the topic of my dissertation was interethnic contacts in Western countries. Using nationally representative longitudinal surveys of immigrants in the Netherlands, Germany and Canada I examined the development of immigrants’ contacts with natives during their residence in the host country and identified socio-demographic determinants of such interethnic contacts.

My graduate coursework and thesis as well as postdoctoral research have been of social-psychological character. During a post-doctoral project I examined national identification in the Netherlands among ethnic minorities and native Dutch, as well as ethnic and religious identification of ethnic minorities, and how these affect intergroup relations. I am also interested in multilingualism and in particular whether people who speak more languages tend to be more open towards ethnic outgroups.

In 2012/2013 I visited the School of Psychology at University of Queensland, Australia, as a recipient of the Endeavour Research Fellowship Award. Together with Prof. Jolanda Jetten I worked on a project about the ideology of autochthony (entitlements for first-comers) and how such beliefs affect acceptance of immigrants. Our second project involves post-migration relations between immigrant groups coming from the same conflict area. The focus is on ethnic groups from former Yugoslavia living in Australia.

In 2016 I became member of the Utrecht Young Academy (UYA) (https://www.uu.nl/en/research/utrecht-young-academy).

From 2017 till 2021 I will be working on a project about collective psychological ownership and intergroup relations (OWNERS) funded by a European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant.


Scientific expertise
cultural identity
immigrant integration
interethnic attitudes
Prejudice and discrimination
quantitative analysis
Software for structural equation modelling: AMOS and Mplus
Software for multilevel analysis: MLwiN, Mplus
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Curriculum vitae

March 2017-current:
Associate Professor at the Department of Interdisciplinary Social Science/Ercomer

April 2013-February 2017:
Assistant Professor at the Department of Interdisciplinary Social Science/Ercomer

Postdoctoral research on intergroup attitudes at the School of Psychology, University of Queensland, Australia - holder of the Endeavour Postdoctoral Fellowship

Postdoctoral research (Utrecht University, ERCOMER) on identity subversion and national identification among natives and immigrants in the Netherlands

PhD in sociology (Utrecht University) on the topic of social integration of immigrants in Western countries

Master of Science in Comparative Studies of Migration, Ethnic Relations and Multiculturalism (Utrecht University); graduated cum laude

Bachelor of Arts degree at University College Utrecht, with a major in Social Science (Politics, Psychology, and Anthropology); graduated summa cum laude

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Van der Werf, F., Verkuyten, M., Martinovic, B., & Ng Tseung-Wong, C. (2018). What it means to be a national: A study among adolescents in multicultural Mauritius. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology.

Mepham, K. D. & Martinovic, B. (2018). Multilingualism and outgroup acceptance: The mediating roles of cognitive flexibility and deprovincialization. Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 37, 51–73.


Figueiredo, A., Martinovic, B., Rees, J., & Licata, L. (2017). Collective memories and present-day intergroup relations: Introduction to the Special Thematic Section. Journal of Social and Political Psychology, 5, 694-706.

Martinovic, B., Jetten, J., Smeekes, A., & Verkuyten, M. (2017). Collective memory of a dissolved country: Group-based nostalgia and guilt assignment as predictors of interethnic relations between diaspora groups from former Yugoslavia. Journal of Social and Political Psychology, 5, 588–607.

Verkuyten, M. & Martinovic, B. (2017). Collective psychological ownership and intergroup relations. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 12, 1021–1039.

Bobowik, M., Martinovic, B., Basabe, N., Barsties, L., & Wachter, G. (2017). “Healthy” identities? Revisiting rejection-identification and rejection-disidentification models among voluntary and forced immigrants. European Journal of Social Psychology, 47, 818-831.

Koops, J., Martinovic, B., & Weesie, J. (2017). Are inter-minority contacts guided by the same mechanisms as minority-majority contacts? A comparative study of two types of inter-ethnic ties in the Netherlands. International Migration Review, 51, 701-726.

Kamberi, E., Martinovic, B., & Verkuyten, M. (2017). Intergroup contact and minority group empowerment: The perspective of Roma and non-Roma adolescents in Macedonia. Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology, 27, 424-434.

Žeželj, I., Ioannou, M., Franc, R., Psaltis, C., & Martinovic. B. (2017). The role of inter-ethnic online friendships in prejudice reduction in post-conflict societies: Evidence from Serbia, Croatia and Cyprus. Computers in Human Behavior, 76, 386-395.

Kanas, A., & Martinovic, B. (2017). Political action in conflict and non-conflict regions in Indonesia: The role of religious and national identifications. Political Psychology, 38, 209-225.


Verkuyten, M., Martinovic, B., Smeekes, A., & Kros, M. (2016). The endorsement of unity in diversity: The role of political orientation, education and justifying beliefs. European Journal of Social Psychology, 46, 866-870.

Van Leeuwen, D. A., Hinskens, F., Martinovic, B., Van Hessen, A., Grondelaers, S., & Orr, R. (2016). Sprekend Nederland: a heterogeneous speech data collection, Computational Linguistics in the Netherlands, 6, 21-38.

Martinovic, B., & Verkuyten, M. (2016). Inter-religious feelings of Sunni and Alevi Muslim minorities: The role of religious commitment and host national identification. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 52, 1-12.

Fleischmann, F., Martinovic, B., & Boehm, M. (2016). Mobilising mosques? The role of service attendance for political participation of Turkish and Moroccan minorities in the Netherlands. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 39, 746-763.

Verkuyten, M., & Martinovic, B. (2016). Dual identity, in-group projection, and out-group feelings among ethnic minority groups. European Journal of Social Psychology, 46, 1-12.


Verkuyten, M., Sierksma, J., & Martinovic, B. (2015). First arrival and collective land ownership: How children reason about who owns the land. Social Development, 24(4), 868-882.

Verkuyten, M., & Martinovic, B. (2015). Behind the ethnic-civic distinction: Public attitudes towards immigrants' political rights in the Netherlands. Social Science Research, 53, 34-44.

Di Saint Pierre, F., Martinovic, B., & De Vroome, T. (2015). Return wishes of refugees in the Netherlands: The role of integration, host national identification and perceived discrimination. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 41(1), 1836-1857.

Verkuyten, M. & Martinovic, B. (2015). Majority member’s recognition and protest against discrimination of immigrants: The role of power threat, deprovincialization and common national identity. Social Justice Research, 28(3), 257-273.

Smeekes, A., Verkuyten, M., & Martinovic, B. (2015). Longing for the country's good old days: National nostalgia increases opposition to Muslim immigrants via stronger endorsement of autochthony. British Journal of Social Psychology, 54(3), 561-580.

Kamberi, E., Martinovic, B., & Verkuyten, M. (2015). Life satisfaction and happiness among the Roma in Central and Southeastern Europe. Social Indicators Research, 124(1), 199-220.

Martinovic, B., Van Tubergen, F. & Maas, I. (2015). A longitudinal study of interethnic contacts in Germany: Estimates from a multilevel growth curve model. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 41(1), 83-100.


Martinovic, B., & Verkuyten, M. (2014). The political downside of dual identity: group identifications and political mobilization of Muslim minorities. British Journal of Social Psychology, 53(4), 711-730.

Verkuyten, M., Martinovic, B. & Smeekes, A. (2014). The multicultural jigsaw puzzle: Category indispensability and acceptance of immigrants’ cultural rights. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 40(11), 1480-1493.

Verkuyten, M., Maliepaard, M., Martinovic, B., & Khoudja, Y. (2014). Political tolerance among Muslim minorities in Western Europe: the role of denomination and religious and host national identification. Politics and Religion, 7(2), 265-286.

Verkuyten, M., & Martinovic, B. (2014). Minority identity and host national identification among immigrants. In C. K.W. DeDreu (Ed.), Social Conflict within and between Groups (pp.70-89). London: Psychology Press.

De Vroome, T., Verkuyten, M. & Martinovic, B. (2014). Host national identification of immigrants in the Netherlands. International Migration Review, 48(1), 76-102.

De Vroome, T., Martinovic, B. & Verkuyten, M. (2014). The integration paradox: Level of education and immigrants’ attitudes towards natives and the host society. Cultural Diversity & Ethnic Minority Psychology, 20(2), 166-175.


Martinovic, B. & Verkuyten, M. (2013). ‘We were here first, so we determine the rules of the game’: Autochthony and prejudice towards out-groups. European Journal of Social Psychology, 43(7), 637-647.

Martinovic, B. (2013). The interethnic contacts of immigrants and natives in the Netherlands: A two-sided perspective. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 39(1), 69-85.


Martinovic, B. & Verkuyten, M. (2012). Host national and religious identification among Turkish Muslims in Western Europe: The role of ingroup norms, perceived discrimination and value incompatibility. European Journal of Social Psychology, 42(7), 893–903.

Verkuyten, M. & Martinovic, B. (2012). Social identity complexity and immigrants’ attitude towards the host nation: The intersection of ethnic and religious group identification. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 38(9), 1165-1177.

Verkuyten, M. & Martinovic, B. (2012). Immigrants’ national identification: Meanings, determinants and consequences. Social Issues and Policy Review, 6(1), 82-112.


Martinovic, B. (2011). Informele interetnische contacten in Nederland: Een overzicht van bestaande studies en suggesties voor vervolgonderzoek. Migrantenstudies, 27(2), 184-194.

Martinovic, B. (2011). The Dutch City of Utrecht as a European Hotspot and Laboratory for Multilingualism. Utrecht municipality: Department of Public, International and Subsidy Affaires.

Martinovic, B., Van Tubergen, F. & Maas, I. (2011). Acquisition of cross ethnic friends by recent immigrants in Canada: A longitudinal approach. International Migration Review, 45(2), 460-488.

Martinovic, B., Verkuyten, M. & Weesie, J. (2011). Group identity, ethnic nationalism and multiple out-groups: The Basque case. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 21(1), 28-40.

2010 and earlier

Martinovic, B. (2010). Interethnic Contacts: A Dynamic Analysis of Interaction between Immigrants and Natives in Western Countries. (PhD thesis)

Martinovic, B., Van Tubergen, F. & Maas, I. (2009). Changes in immigrants’ social integration during the stay in the host country: The case of non-Western immigrants in the Netherlands. Social Science Research, 38(4), 870-882.

Martinovic, B., Van Tubergen, F. & Maas, I. (2009). Dynamics of interethnic contact: A panel study of immigrants in the Netherlands. European Sociological Review, 25(3), 303-318.

Verkuyten, M. & Martinovic, B. (2006). Understanding multicultural attitudes: The role of group status, identification, friendships, and justifying ideologies. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 30(1), 1-18.

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Main research interests

Migration, Integration, Interethnic Contacts, Collective Psychological Ownership,
Ethnic, Religious and National Identity, Multilingualism



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Migration, Ethnic Relations and Multiculturalism (Research Master):

- International Migration

- Research practicals I and II

- Master theses supervision


University College Utrecht (Bachelor):

- The Psychology of Ethnic Relations


Interdisciplinary Social Science (Bachelor):

- Rejecting Minorities

- Bachelor theses supervision

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Additional functions and activities



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Phone number (direct) +31 30 253 1923
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