dr. Clarissa Meerts


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Clarissa Meerts is a graduate in criminology. In 2018 she published her PhD research 'The semi-autonomous world of corporate investigators' on corporate investigations in the Netherlands. She has previously worked as lecturer and researcher at Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Clarissa conducts research in the programme Empirical and normative studies. Her research interests lie at the crossroads of criminology, law and organisational studies. She mainly applies a qualitative research approach. Her main expertise concerns issues related to criminology, corporate security/investigations, corporate and white-collar crime and organised crime. She has published on subjects such as corporate security, real estate fraud and organised crime and was involved in mayor research projects such as the Dutch organised crime monitor.


After completing her bachelor in criminology at Erasmus University Rotterdam (cum laude), Clarissa Meerts (1986) completed a master in International and Comparative Criminology (cum laude) at the Erasmus University Rotterdam in 2009. In 2012 she received a NWO Research Talent grant to execute her PhD research on corporate investigations and public/private relations in the corporate security sector.


In 2012 Clarissa Meerts received a NWO Research Talent grant for her PhD research on corporate security


  • Inleiding sociologie
  • Sociologische perspectieven op criminaliteit (SOC POC)
  • Theoretische criminologie
  • Onderzoeksvaardigheden in de criminologie/bachelor scriptie
  • Politie en Veiligheid
  • Publiekrechtelijke rechtshandhaving
  • Begeleiding master scripties


Education/Academic qualification

Criminology, PhD, Erasmus University

Criminology, Master, Erasmus University


Criminology, Bachelor, Erasmus University


Interdisciplinary honours degree



  • H Social Sciences
  • Criminology
  • Private investigations
  • Public/private relations
  • Private justice
  • K Law
  • Criminology
  • Fraud

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norm violation Social Sciences
Netherlands Social Sciences
law enforcement Social Sciences
security sector Social Sciences
justice Social Sciences
organized crime Social Sciences
legality Social Sciences
criminology Social Sciences

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Research Output 2009 2020

Corporate Investigations: Beyond Notions of Public–Private Relations

Meerts, C., 1 Feb 2020, In : Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice. 36, 1, p. 86-100 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
private sector
law enforcement
nation state

Afstand of nabijheid? Publiek-private relaties rondom normovertredend gedrag van werknemers

Meerts, C., 2019, In : Tijdschrift voor Bijzonder Strafrecht en Handhaving. 2019, 2, p. 104-109

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Corporate Investigations, Corporate Justice and Public-Private Relations: Towards a New Conceptualization

Meerts, C., 2019, Palgrave / MacMillan. 363 p. (Crime Prevention and Security Management)

Research output: Book / ReportBookAcademic

norm violation
security sector
knowledge gap

Economic Crime Survey 2019

PwC, Huisman, W. & Meerts, C., 2019

Research output: Book / ReportReportProfessional

Investigations: Employee Theft of Employer Property

Meerts, C. A., 12 Jan 2019, Encyclopedia of Security and Emergency Management: Living edition. Shapiro, L. R. & Maras, M-H. (eds.). Cham: Springer, 3 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingEntry for encyclopedia/dictionaryAcademic

Activities 2019 2019

  • 1 Lecture / Presentation

Publiek-private samenwerking – just do it?

Clarissa Meerts (Speaker)
25 Jun 2019

Activity: Lecture / PresentationProfessional

Press / Media

Particulier onderzoek en de noodzaak van PPS

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1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Other

Vers van de pers: Security Management 10

Clarissa Meerts


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Research

Steeds meer privédetectives aan de slag

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1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Privédetectives pikken het werk op dat de politie laat liggen

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1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment