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NSCR Video Group

Past and ongoing projects of the NSCR Video Group have utilized video data to examine phenomena as diverse as street violence, robberies, public riots, sexual harassment, open-air drug markets, police-citizen conflicts, COVID-19 compliance behavior, ethnic profiling, deviancy training among adolescents, and contested encounters between employees and shop customers, public transport passengers, and nightlife visitors. A […]


July 2022 Networks in lockdown: The consequences of COVID-19 for social relationships and feelings of loneliness May 2022 Implementing “Online Communities” for pregnant women in times of COVID-19 for the promotion of maternal well-being and mother-to-infant bonding: a pretest–posttest study March 2022 How common are high-risk coronavirus contacts? A video-observational analysis of outdoor public place […]

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 […]


Becoming a victim of a crime can be a traumatic experience. Victimization varies from theft of your bicycle so that you have to buy a new bicycle, theft of your data of which it is unclear what damage you will experience, or becoming a victim of stalking, sexual abuse or international crimes, of which the […]


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 […]