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Clarissa Meerts is Assistant Professor of Criminology at the Faculty of Law. She is a graduate in criminology at Erasmus University Rotterdam. She has worked at Erasmus University Rotterdam as a lecturer and researcher, and later PhD candidate, before starting as an Assistant Professor at VU Amsterdam in 2017. In 2018, she obtained her PhD at Erasmus University Rotterdam. She is Programme Coordinator of the BSc in Criminology, chair of the Division for organisational crime of the Dutch society of criminology (NVC) and member of the European working group on Organisational Crime (EUROC) of the European Society of Criminology.


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, 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. Other significant funding includes the funding of a research project on public-private relations in the field of financial crime, funded by Politie & Wetenschap (see Living apart together? | Politie en Wetenschap) and a WODC research project on self investigation and self reporting in cases of corporate fraud or corruption (see Onderzoek naar voor- en nadelen van zelfonderzoek en zelfmelden door bedrijven | Welk onderzoek doen we? | WODC - Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek- en Documentatiecentrum).


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


Clarissa is the coordinator of the criminology Bachelor programme 

Ancillary activities

  • Nederlandse Vereniging voor Criminologie | Leiden | Voorzitter van de divisie Organisatiecriminaliteit | 2018-06-01 - present
  • Tijdschrift voor Veiligheid | Den Haag | Redacteur | 2023-03-15 - present

Ancillary activities are updated daily

Academic qualification

Criminology, PhD, The semi-autonomous world of corporate investigators, Erasmus University

Award Date: 23 Feb 2018

Criminology, Master, Erasmus University


Criminology, Bachelor, Erasmus University


Interdisciplinary honours degree, Beyond borders



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


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