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Onderwerp promotieonderzoek: De detectie van corporate crime, specifiek voedselfraude, door toezichthouders

Phd topic: the detection of food fraud by regulatory enforcement agencies

Fraud with food may be very invisible to victims, such as consumers. Yet it is unfair, diminishes trust in food safety and can actually be harmful. Regulatory enforcement agencies play an essential role in society in controlling and preventing food fraud or do justice.

The PhD research focuses on detection of food fraud from a regulatory perspective, building on criminological and public administration literature . The aim is to discover which conditions explain the detection of food fraud by regulatory enforcement agencies. These results can contribute to devising effective and efficient control strategies to safeguard the honesty of our food.

The research reveals insights into current detection methods and decision making about detection within regulatory enforcement agencies. This is, firstly, based on 20 explorative interviews with a variety of staff within three Dutch regulatory enforcement agencies. Secondly, the research involves in-depth case studies of criminal cases of food fraud (n=30) that have been successfully detected by the NVWA-IOD. These reconstruct how the fraud was discovered, how long the fraud had been going on, which actors played a crucial role and which detection methods proved essential – or could have done so. Third, this is contrasted with cases of (potential) food fraud that have not been successfully detected (n=20).

The PhD is scheduled to be completed in Q1 2019.

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Employed as co-ordinating inspector at the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority, specifically the Intelligence and Criminal Investigations Unit (NVWA-IOD).

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fraud Social Sciences
food Social Sciences
research focus Social Sciences
public administration Social Sciences