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Dr. Martin Rosema

Photo: Gijs van Ouwerkerk

Assistant Professor of Political Science
Telephone: + 31 53 489 3897/ 3280
Email: Martin Rosema
Cubicus building, room: C-337

General information

Martin Rosema is assistant professor of political science at the University of Twente. He teaches about political science, governance, democratic legitimacy, and European politics in the bachelor and master programmes in Public Administration (including MS&T) and European Studies, while also lecturing about research methods in the pre-master programme in Psychology and the inter-university research master programme Research in Public Administration and Organisational Science.

His primary research interests are elections and referendums, with a particular focus on the psychology of voting. He has published on topics such as voter decision-making, party attachments, electoral turnout, strategic voting, and local and national referendums. He is also an expert on voting advice applications. Other recurring themes in his research are political psychology and the quality of political representation. In his free time he enjoys listening to music, visiting modern art museums, and walking in the mountains.

Short biography

Before joining the department in Twente, Martin Rosema studied political science at Leiden University and social psychology at the University of Cambridge. He received a doctorate on the basis of his dissertation “The Sincere Vote: A Psychological Study of Voting” (Leiden University, 2004). In 2006 he was guest lecturer at University College Utrecht.

During his time in Twente, he held several editorial and board positions, including co-director of the Dutch Parliamentary Election Study (2006), co-editor of the journals Res Publica (2007-2010) and Political Psychology (2015-2018), member of the governing council of the International Society of Political Psychology (2008-2011), and member of the executive board of the Dutch Political Science Association (2009-2015). Across the years, he taught more than twenty different courses and in the past five years was nominated three times by students for the annual best teacher award.

Research projects

The research projects of Martin Rosema focus on four topics, which are all related to voting behaviour. More information about his work on these topics, including overviews of academic publications as well as articles aimed at the general public, can be found via the following links:


Web and newspaper articles (in Dutch)

- Full list of publications


- Interviews and media contributions

- Twitter account Martin Rosema

- Curriculum vitae Martin Rosema