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September 2021 Investeren in vredestijd; Een studie naar de motivaties en ervaringen van vrijwillige toezichthouders tijdens de avondklok (in Dutch) July 2021 Factsheet 1.5 Meter Monitor April 2021 Face-touching behaviour as a possible correlate of mask-wearing: A video observational study of public place incidents during the COVID-19 pandemic in Transboundary and Emerging Diseases Factsheet 1.5 […]

Evidence-based Policing

PhD trajectories in this research program: Citizen at the counter One of the few contact moments between citizens and government is when a citizen reports at the police desk. The problems with which citizens report often lead to the filing of a report and this is also the starting point of criminal law. But, is […]


This thematic group looks at the effectiveness of interventions and procedures, the extent to which victims get what they deserve, the societal responses to victimization and to new forms of vigilantism such as #MeToo. In addition, we study the consequences of victimization: the short-term and long-term effects on the well-being and health of victims, labour […]


Cybercrime includes numerous offenses and can be studied from different theoretical perspectives. In current research, for example, life-course theory and routine activity theory are used. Because little empirical research has been done into cybercrime, it is unclear whether – and to what extent – traditional theories of criminology can be used to explain cybercrimes. For […]

Wildlife Crime and Wilderness Problems

The thematic group Wildlife Crime and Wilderness Problems conducts fundamental and applied research on topics such as the location choices rhino poachers make, the detection probability of snares by ranger patrols, the use of crime scripting to unpack wilderness problems, how to measure the deterrent effect of law enforcement interventions, drivers of poaching across regions/species, […]


This thematic group not only concentrates on the offenders who experience these various types of restrains, but also on the different actors within the criminal as well as the civil and administrative justice system who impose and execute these sanctions (e.g. public prosecutors, judges, prison staff, probation officers, inspectorates, and other local and administrative authorities). […]

Spatial and Temporal Crime Patterns

This research programme is strongly rooted in theories that emphasize situational causes of crime (as opposed to individual causes), including not only rational choice theory, routine activity theory, crime pattern theory, and space-time geography, but also broken windows theory and social disorganisation theory. Research topics The research topics vary with respect to their focus on […]


Life events such as labour market entry and romantic relationships have been found to impact careers, but the reverse association is also present: those with extensive careers may have more problems finding a job or a romantic partner, or doing so at normative ages. Individual characteristics, like personality and biological markers, interact with these life […]

Intergenerational Transmission

The research programme of this thematic group is strongly inspired by the six – not mutually exclusive – mechanisms as described by Farrington (2002) that provide explanations for the intergenerational transmission of (criminal) behaviour. First, intergenerational continuities in the exposure to risk factors may lead to antisocial behaviour (e.g., poverty, poor parenting). Second, genetic factors […]


An important goal of this thematic group is to gain a better understanding of the background and life-course of perpetrators of extremist and terrorist crimes. We do this by studying risk factors and processes associated with radicalisation, participation in extremist and terrorist groups and activities, and ways to prevent radicalisation and extremist activities. This thematic […]