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I joined the department of Criminal Law and Criminology of the VU University in February 2019. From 2014 – 2019 I was a Lecturer and later a Senior Lecturer in Criminology at Cardiff University. Prior to that, I was employed as a lecturer and researcher at the department of Criminal Law and Criminology of VU University.

From August 2009 until August 2013 I worked as a PhD student at the Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement (NSCR) and the department of Criminal Law and Criminology of VU University Amsterdam. My PhD thesis focused on the longitudinal association between employment and crime in a sample of high-risk youths.

I hold a bachelor degree in developmental psychology, and a bachelor and master degree in criminology.

Academic positions

  • 2019-present:  Assistant Professor in Criminology at the department of Criminal Law and Criminology, VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  • 2018-2019: Senior Lecturer in Criminology at the School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University, United Kingdom
  • 2014-2018: Lecturer in Criminology at the School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University, United Kingdom
  • 2013-2014: Lecturer and researcher at the department of Criminal Law and Criminology, VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  • 2009-2013: PhD student at the Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement (NSCR) and the department of Criminal Law and Criminology, VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  • 2009: Research assistant at the Faculty of Psychology and Education, Department of Clinical Child and Family Studies, VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands

My research interests include:

  • life course criminology
  • desistance
  • intmate partner violence
  • adult outcomes of vulnerable groups
  • quantitative longitudinal methods and datasets (self-report and administrative data)

Projects:

  • I have recently completed a two-year ESRC funded project (Future Research Leaders award) aimed at integrating the study of intimate partner violence (IPV) perpetration within life-course criminology. The project investigated the relationship between the development of general offending and the development of IPV perpetration, and examined factors associated with desistance from IPV perpetration.
  • I have also contributed to a two-year project funded by Welsh Government (PI: Dr Sophie Hallett), aimed at analysing outcomes of young people at risk of sexual exploitation.
  • My PhD thesis focused on the relationship between employment and crime in a sample of high-risk youths. Using longitudinal data on a sample of previously institutionalized youths, I studied the effects of employment on crime, the effects of a criminal record on employment outcomes, and life course outcomes of high-risk youths in general.

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Research Output 2009 2019

The relationship between criminal behaviour over the life-course and intimate partner violence perpetration in later life

Verbruggen, J., Blokland, A., Robinson, A. L. & Maxwell, C. D., 1 Jan 2019, In : European Journal of Criminology.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

criminality
violence
violent crime
childhood
career

Adult outcomes of youths who have spent time in a judicial treatment institution in the Netherlands

Verbruggen, J., Van Der Geest, V. & Bijleveld, C., Jan 2018, In : Longitudinal and Life Course Studies. 9, 1, p. 58-79 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

adulthood
Netherlands
criminality
family formation
experience

Outcomes of children raised in out-of-home care

Verbruggen, J., van der Geest, V. & Bijleveld, C., Jan 2018, In : Longitudinal and Life Course Studies. 9, 1 Special Issue, p. 1-5 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalEditorialAcademicpeer-review

Changes in offending around official labor market entry: Vulnerable youths in transition to adulthood

van der Geest, V. R., Skardhamar, T. & Verbruggen, J., 2017, International Handbook of Criminal Careers and Life-Course Criminology. Blokland, A. & van der Geest, V. (eds.). Routledge Publishers, p. 89-111 23 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

Activities 2009 2013

  • 18 Lecture / Presentation

Work, income support, and crime in the Dutch welfare state

J. Verbruggen (Speaker)
27 Feb 2013

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Long-term health outcomes in formerly institutionalized youth

J. Verbruggen (Speaker), C.C.J.H. Bijleveld (Speaker)
23 Sep 2013

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Werk, uitkeringen en criminaliteit. Een longitudinale studie naar kwetsbare jongeren

J. Verbruggen (Speaker)
14 Jun 2012

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Educational level, employment and crime: A longitudinal study of disadvantaged youths

J. Verbruggen (Speaker), V.R. van der Geest (Speaker), A.A.J. Blokland (Speaker)
6 Oct 2012

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic