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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 Dean 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

VU University Amsterdam
Faculty of Law
De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam

Research

Edward Kleemans is Dean 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 the new data sweep of the Dutch Organized Crime Monitor is on its way now. 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).
  • 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 

 

Education

  • Transnational Organized Crime
  • Crime and Justice in The Netherlands
  • Comparative Criminology
  • Criminology (Course ‘Aard, omvang en schade van criminaliteit’)
  • Educational activities for practitioners 

Ancillary activities

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

Last update Ancillary Activities: Amsterdam (2018-02-17)

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Research Output 1993 2017

Assessing the risk of money laundering in Europe. Final report of project IARM.

Riccardi, M., Savona, E., Milani, R., Camerini, D., Kleemans, E. R., Ferwerda, J., Hopkins, M. & Shelton, N. 30 Apr 2017 Milan: Transcrime.

Research output: ScientificReport

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A typology of cybercriminal networks: from low-tech all-rounders to high-tech specialists

Leukfeldt, E. R., Stol, W. P. H. & Kleemans, E. R. 2017 In : Crime, Law and Social Change. 67, 1, p. 21-37

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

Combating organized crime A study on undercover policing and the follow-the-money strategy

Kruisbergen, E. W. 2017 207 p.

Research output: ScientificPhD Thesis - Research VU, graduation VU

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

Bijlenga, N. & Kleemans, E. R. 22 Aug 2017 In : European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research. p. 1-16 16 p.

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

Cybercriminal networks

Leukfeldt, E. R., de Poot, C. J., Verhoeven, M. A., Kleemans, E. R. & Lavorgna, A. 16 May 2017 Research Agenda The Human Factor in Cybercrime and Cybersecurity. Leukfeldt, E. R. (ed.). Amsterdam, p. 33-42

Research output: ScientificChapter

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