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Jessica Hill is an assistant professor at the Criminal Law and Criminology department, Faculty of Law. She obtained her MSc in social psychology (cum laude) at the VU university in 2014. She carried out her PhD research at the NSCR, Amsterdam. In September 2017, she defended her PhD 'On the Road to Adulthood' at Leiden University. In her thesis she looked at desistance processes in young Dutch adults, using a variety of longitudinal research methods. From 2017 to 2020 she worked at the WODC in The Hague. During her time at the WODC she examined reoffedning by ex-'tbs' patients and youth offenders. She developed a new method for measuring reoffending during the 'tbs' treatment. She has been teaching and carrying out research at the VU University since August 2020.


Jessica teaches in the Law in Society programme, and the bachelor and masters Criminology programmes.

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For several years, Jessica carried out research in the field of life course criminology. She used a variety of longitudinal, quantitative methodologies. She has recently switched fields to examine environmental crime, making use of her experience with longitudial methods, but also employing a mixed methodology and collborating with researchers within and without of criminology.

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  • H Social Sciences
  • longitudinal methods
  • criminology
  • emerging adulthood
  • recidivism
  • desistance
  • life-course criminology


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