Cor van der Meer (Drachten 1957) received an MA degree in sociology and research methodology from the University of Groningen in 1988. since 2004, he has worked as researcher and project manager at the department of Social Sciences at the Fryske Akademy in Leeuwarden/Netherlands. He leads the Mercator European Research Centre on Multilingualism and Language Learning, an NGO which is dedicated to acquire, circulate and apply knowledge which serves linguistic diversity of Europe. He also is a member of the management team of the Fryske Akademy.
Drs. Van der Meer is an expert in the fields of multilingualism, regional and minority languages and language learning. Previously he worked as senior specialist in survey data-use and digital preservation in Amsterdam. Through the years he served as board member of a number of international organisations and is frequently presenting his work at conferences and seminars, in Europe and beyond.