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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.

My research interests lie at the crossroads of criminology, law and organisational studies. I mainly apply a qualitative research approach. My main expertise concerns issues related to criminology, corporate security/investigations, .

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, financial crime and public-private relations within the security field. She has published on subjects such as corporate investigations, public-private cooperation, 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. She is currently working on a research on public-private relations in the field of financial crime, funded by Politie& Wetenschap.


Clarissa currently teaches Introduction to sociology (Inleiding sociologie, B1) and Theoretical criminology (Theoretische criminologie, B2) in the Criminology bachelor's programme of the VU and is a thesis supervisor in the VU Criminology master's programme.

Academic qualification

Criminology, PhD, Erasmus University

Award Date: 23 Feb 2018

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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