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Margo De Koster studied History and Sociology at the Vrije Universiteit Brussels, where she worked from 1998 to 2006 at the Department of History as a researcher of the Belgian National Fund for Scientific research, and obtained her PhD in History on girl delinquency in the interwar period, in 2003. Afterwards she extended her post-doctoral research to the study of youth, urban crime and policing in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. She is assistant professor in Historical criminology at the VU Amsterdam and at the Vrije Universiteit Brussels. She is also vice-coordinator of the Belgian interuniversity research network “Justice & Populations, 1795-2015”. 


Margo de Koster conducts research in the programme Empirical and Normative Studies. Her expertise is in the following fields: History of crime and criminal justice, 19th-20th centuries; Juvenile delinquency and youth justice; Police systems and practices; Urban crime and social control; History of criminology.


Historical criminology

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Last update Ancillary Activities: Amsterdam (2018-01-23)

Research Output 2010 2016

Policing Minorities

de Koster, M. & Reinke, H. 2016 Oxford Handbook of the History of Crime and Criminal Justice in Europe and North America, 1750-1945. Johansen, A. & Knepper, P. (eds.). Oxford: Oxford University press, p. 268-204

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewChapter

Politie en migratiecontrole: een lange geschiedenis

de Koster, M. 1 Nov 2016 In : VMHP-Nieuws. p. 24-27

Research output: PopularArticle

Historische criminologie: een inleiding

de Koster, M. 2015 Leuven: ACCO. 72 p.

Research output: ScientificBook

Historische criminologie: een vakgebied

Bijleveld, C. C. J. H., de Koster, M., van der Heijden, M. P. C. & Blokland, A. A. J. 2015 In : Tijdschrift voor Criminologie. 57, 4, p. 343-352

Research output: ScientificArticle