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Henleykaai 84
9000 Ghent


I am a postdoctoral research fellow of the Research Fund Flanders, with Ghent University (Institute for International Research on Criminal Policy) as a host institution. My research focuses on the significance of harm in environmental governance decision making. I also work as an Assistant Professor at Erasmus University Rotterdam (the Netherlands). I previously worked as Assistant Professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice (USA) and as a  researcher at Governing and Policing Security at Ghent University (Belgium).

In December of 2012 I graduated as PhD in Criminology (Ghent University, Belgium). For my dissertation I examined the governance of transnational environmental crime. I focused on the illegal transports of e-waste and tropical timber connected to the Belgian harbor of Antwerp. My areas of interest and expertise include environmental crime, organizational crime, environmental governance and policing. I am also an assistant editor of the European Journal of Policing Studies.

Before I started my PhD research, I worked as a researcher at Ghent University and the Flemish Center for Police Studies (CPS) doing research on police leadership, commissioned by the Department of the Interior about police leadership. Police leadership and policing more in general are therefore a second research interest and publication topic. In line with this research interest, I work as an assistant editor for the European Journal of Policing Studies.


  • Ad hoc reviewer for Forests; Challenges; European Journal of Criminology; Cahiers Politiestudies, Asian Journal of Criminology
  • 2012 -  ... : Assistant editor for newly established European Journal of Policing Studies (
  • 2013-2015: Affiliate to the Contested Global Landscapes project at Cornell University ( 
  • 2008 - 2012: Assistant editor for Cahiers Politiestudies
  • Guest editor for special issue "Groene criminologie en veiligheidszorg" (Green criminology and governance of security), Cahiers Politiestudies, 2015, Antwerpen/Apeldoorn: Maklu.
  • Guest editor for special issue “Informele en illegale economie” (Informal and illegal economy), Cahiers Politiestudies, 2013, 29, Antwerpen/Apeldoorn: Maklu.
  • Guest editor for special issue “Tides and currents of policing”, Cahiers Politiestudies, 2012, 25, Antwerpen/Apeldoorn: Maklu.
  • Guest editor for special issue "Politieleiderschap: Reflecties op politieleiders en hun professionaliteit” (Police leadership: Reflection on police leaders and their professionalism), Cahiers Politiestudies, 2010, 14, Antwerpen/Apeldoorn: Maklu.
  • Guest editor for special issue “Schalen & bestellen” (Scaling & Organizing), Orde van de Dag, 2012, 57, Mechelen: Kluwer. 
  • Policy-impact:
    • 4-8 November 2013 – Invited speaker for the 18th Meeting of the Pollution Crime Working Group - INTERPOL Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Events, Nairobi, Kenya
    • 21 June 2013 – Conference in the Flemish Parliament: Governance of environmental flows.
    • 21 May 2013 – Hearing in the Flemish Parliament, Environment Commission
  • Invited lectures: 
    • Spring 2015: Antwerp University, Belgium
    • Spring 2015: Colorado State University, USA
    • Spring 2014: Colgate University, USA
    • Fall 2013: Cornell University, USA
    • Fall 2012: Economic and Social Research Council Green Crime Seminar Series, United Kingdom
    • Spring 2013: Canadian Institute of Resources Law (CIRL), University of Calgary, Canada
    • Spring 2012: Université de Liège, Belgium
    • 2011-2012: Ghent University, Belgium
    • Spring 2010: Cornell University, USA


  • Organizer of panel sessions on green/environmental criminology European Society of Criminology 2011-2012
  • Presenter of papers at the annual European Society of Criminology conferences 2008-2012; British Society of Criminology conference 2011; American Society of Criminology 2013


  • 2014-...: Assistant Professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice -[email]
  • 2013-2104: Post-doctoral researcher - Ghent University (15%)
  • 2012-…2015: Supervisor of master thesis students - Ruhr University Bochum (Germany) and Ghent University (Belgium)
  • 2011-2014: Lecturer in distance learning International Master in Criminal Justice, Governance and Police Science - Ruhr University Bochum (Germany)
  • 2010-2013: Researcher and Teaching Assistant in Master in Governance and Public Administration - University College Ghent (Belgium)
  • January-April 2013: Visiting fellow, Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary (Canada)
  • 2008-2009: Lecturer in anti-corruption training for the Belgian customs organization
  • 2008-2009: Researcher at Interuniversity Center for Police Studies - Study: Police leaders in development (commissioned by the Belgian Ministry of the Interior).
  • 2007-2008: Researcher at Ghent University - Study: Police leadership in the Belgian local police (commissioned by the Belgian Ministry of the Interior).