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Vere van Koppen completed her Bachelor in Psychology at Leiden University, after which she did a Masters in Methods and Statistics (cum laude) at the same university. She obtained her PhD at the NSCR and Research and Documentation Center of the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice, where she conducted research on criminal careers and involvement mechanisms of organized crime offenders. She received the PhD Award from the International Association for the Study of Organized Crime for her PhD thesis Pathways into organized crime: Criminal opportunities and adult-onset offending. Since 2012, she has been working as an Assistant Professor at VU Amsterdam. In 2014, she was awarded a VENI grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research for her research on adult-onset offending.


Vere van Koppen conducts research within the field of life-course criminology. During her PhD, she employed a multi-method approach to examine how individuals become involved in organized crime. Conducting the research, she applied trajectory models to criminal careers of organized crime offenders, conducted an extensive analysis of police files, and carried out interviews with organized crime offenders throughout thirteen different prisons. While conducting a systematic comparison of organized crime offenders and general offenders, the by catch finding of a large proportion of adult-onset offenders spurred her fascination for this neglected group. After finishing her PhD, she therefore has started studying the criminal careers and correlates of adult-onset offending. She compared criminal career dimensions of juvenile- and adult-onset careers, examined effects of life transitions on crime for offenders with an onset in different life stages and carried out interviews with adult-onset offenders on their life course. Furthermore, she is involved in new projects on life courses of organized crime offenders and domestic violence.


  • Methoden en technieken van criminologisch onderzoek

  • Methodology of empirical research
  • Statistics
  • Supervisor master thesis


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