I am a senior researcher at the Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement, a research institute of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research.

Most of my work is on the ‘geography of crime’. I describe spatial and temporal variations in crime, and explain these variations as a function of the characteristics of places and of how potential offenders, potential victims, informal and formal guardians use their spatial environment over daily and weekly time cycles.

I’m always up for collaboration. Send me an email if you’re interested!

Are you interested in situational and spatial criminology? Consider joining the ‘Space, Place, and Crime’ working group of the European Society of Criminology.

Interests

  • Criminology
  • Spatio-temporal patterns
  • Machine Learning
  • Quantitative research methods
  • R

Education

  • PhD in Sociology, 2011

    Department of Sociology/Interuniversity Centre for Social Science Theory and Methodology (ICS), Utrecht University

  • MSc in Business Informatics, 2004

    Utrecht University

  • Propedeuse in Information Science, 2001

    Utrecht University

Software

When I think it may be helpful to others, I publish my code as a software package. I have published the following R packages:

NearRepeat

Uses the (Monte Carlo permutation based) Knox test for space-time clustering to quantify the spatio-temporal association between events.

sppt: Spatial Point Pattern Test

Implements several area-based tests that measure the degree of similarity at the local level between two spatial point patterns.

lorenzgini

Calculates the standard Gini coefficient as well as the generalized coefficient, and plots Lorenz curves. The Lorenz plots show the line of maximal equality given the data.

Recent Publications

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(2021). A Simulation Study into the Generation of Near Repeat Victimizations. Agent based modelling for criminological theory testing and development.

(2021). Using Agent-Based Models to Investigate the Presence of Edge Effects around Crime Generators and Attractors. Agent based modelling for criminological theory testing and development.

(2020). When Do Offenders Commit Crime? An Analysis of Temporal Consistency in Individual Offending Patterns. Journal of Quantitative Criminology.

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(2020). Mapping the Risk Terrain for Crime Using Machine Learning. Journal of Quantitative Criminology.

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(2020). Minimum geocoding match rates: an international study of the impact of data and areal unit sizes. International Journal of Geographical Information Science.

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