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Edward Kleemans is Full Professor at the VU School of Criminology, Faculty of Law, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands (Full Professor in Serious and Organized Crime and Criminal Justice). He is Director of Research of the Faculty of Law and conducts research into organized crime and cybercrime activities and the interaction between offenders and the criminal justice system (including policing issues). Until 2013, he was Head of the Crime, Law Enforcement and Sanctions Research Division (CRS) of the Research and Documentation Centre (WODC), Ministry of Security and Justice, the Hague, the Netherlands. Edward Kleemans graduated in public administration and public policy (with the highest possible distinction) and earned a Ph.D. (with the highest possible distinction) from Twente University, the Netherlands. He serves on a committee of the National Academy of Sciences (US; 2013-2015) and on the boards of o.a. several international scientific journals, the Center for Information and Research on Organized Crime (CIROC), the Faculty of Law Research Board, the Amsterdam Law and Behavior Institute (A-LAB; 2015-2017), and the Board of the European Society of Criminology (ESC; 2014-2016).

 

Expertise

  • Serious and Organized Crime
  • Criminal Justice
  • Criminology 

 

Postal address

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Faculty of Law
De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam

Research

Edward Kleemans is Director of Research of the Faculty of Law and conducts research into organized crime and cybercrime activities and the interaction between offenders and the criminal justice system (including policing issues). From 1996 to 2013 he coordinated the Dutch Organized Crime Monitor (OCM), a systematic, continuing research programme of WODC, Erasmus University Rotterdam and VU University Amsterdam regarding the nature of organized crime in the Netherlands, based upon intensive analysis police investigations. Four major reports were sent to the Dutch Parliament (1998, 2002, 2007, 2012) and in 2018 a new report was published on organized crime and IT. His main research interests relate to organized crime and cybercrime, including drug trafficking, human smuggling, human trafficking, fraud and money laundering: social organization, embeddedness, and the interaction between offenders and the criminal justice system (including policing issues).

 

Selected publications

  • Four major reports to the Dutch Parliament (1998, 2002, 2007 and 2012) on the nature of organized crime in the Netherlands, based upon the Dutch Organized Crime Monitor (continuing project, 1996-now). In 2018 a new report was published on organized crime and IT.
  • Kleemans, E.R. (2014). Theoretical perspectives on organized crime. In: Paoli, L. (ed.). Oxford Handbook of Organized Crime. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Kleemans, E.R., and Smit, M. (2014). Human smuggling, human trafficking, and exploitation in the sex industry. In: Paoli, L. (ed.). Oxford Handbook of Organized Crime. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Kleemans, E.R., C.J. De Poot (2008). Criminal Careers in Organized Crime and Social Opportunity Structure. European Journal of Criminology 5 (1): 69-98.
  • Kleemans, E.R., & Van de Bunt, H.G. (2008). Organised Crime, Occupations and Opportunity. Global Crime 9 (3): 185-197.
  • Kleemans, E.R. (2007). Organized crime, transit crime, and racketeering . In: M. Tonry & C.J.C. Bijleveld (eds). Crime and Justice in the Netherlands. Crime and Justice: A Review of Research 35 (pp. 163-215). Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
  • Kleemans, E.R., H.G. van de Bunt (1999). The social embeddedness of organized crime, Transnational Organized Crime 5 (1): 19-36 

 

Teaching

  • Transnational Organized Crime
  • Police and Security
  • Criminology (Course ‘Aard, omvang en schade van criminaliteit’)
  • PhD and Master thesis supervision
  • Educational activities for practitioners 

Ancillary activities

  • Stichting Studiecentrum Rechtspleging | Zutphen | docent cursus "Zware, georganiseerde criminaliteit" | 2013-12-02 - present

Ancillary activities are updated daily

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organized crime Social Sciences
offense Social Sciences
offender Social Sciences
Netherlands Social Sciences
money laundering Social Sciences
smuggling Social Sciences
market Social Sciences
exploitation Social Sciences

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Research Output 1993 2019

Criminal networks in a digitised world: on the nexus of borderless opportunities and local embeddedness

Leukfeldt, E. R., Kleemans, E. R., Kruisbergen, E. W. & Roks, R. A., 1 May 2019, In : Trends in Organized Crime.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

organized crime
information technology
Netherlands
customer
career

De moeder als facilitator van intergenerationele overdracht binnen de georganiseerde misdaad

van Dijk, M., Kleemans, E. & Eichelsheim, V., 17 May 2019, In : Tijdschrift voor Criminologie. 61, 2, p. 187-202 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Female offenders of human trafficking and sexual exploitation

Wijkman, M. & Kleemans, E., 1 May 2019, In : Crime, Law and Social Change.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Human Trafficking
exploitation
offender
offense
sanction
Open Access
File
organized crime
offender
continuity
father
offense

Criminals seeking ICT-expertise: an exploratory study of Dutch cases

Bijlenga, N. & Kleemans, E. R., 1 Sep 2018, In : European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research. 24, 3, p. 253-268 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

expertise
contact
offender
Group
employee

Activities 2017 2017

  • 1 Lecture / Presentation

Female Perpetrators of Human Trafficking

M.D.S. Wijkman (Speaker), E.R. Kleemans (Speaker)
15 Nov 2017

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic