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Victor van der Geest is assistant professor in Criminology at the VU University Amsterdam. He is a graduate in developmental psychology, and in 2011 he received his PhD (with honours) for a dissertation on the criminal careers and employment pathways of formerly institutionalized youths.

His current research focuses on developmental features of the criminal career, the link between work and crime, life-course explanations of white-collar crime, and the working lives of organized crime offenders. He is one of the principal investigators who initiated the 17Up Project, a longitudinal study on the life-course outcomes of formerly institutionalized youth. 

Victor conducts research in the programme Empirical and normative studies, coordinates the Criminology research track programme, and chairs the European working group for developmental and life-course criminology. He has experience in using quantitative research methods (e.g. group-based trajectory modeling and fixed-effects models), conducting semi-structured interviews, and analyzing population-based microdata (CBS).

Victor's research has shown that high frequency offenders, who seem more entrenched in a deviant lifestyle, benefit less from regular employment, and the effect of incarceration (over and above selection) on employment differs between groups. More recently, he also started to develop an interest in white-collar criminology and organized crime, and he used his insights from life-course criminology to explain specific types of work-related criminal behavior.

His studies appeared in criminological journals (Criminology, Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, Crime and Delinquency) and he is co-editor of the International Handbook of Life-course Criminology.

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Research Output 2006 2018

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

family formation

Blurred Lines: A Study of White-Collar Crime Involvement

van Onna, J., 2018, 189 p.

Research output: PhD ThesisPhD Thesis - Research VU, graduation VUAcademic

Open Access

Family Conflict and Resilience in Parenting Self-Efficacy Among High-Risk Mothers

Cassé, J. F. H., Finkenauer, C., Oosterman, M., van der Geest, V. R. & Schuengel, C., 1 Mar 2018, In : Journal of Interpersonal Violence. 33, 6, p. 1008-1029 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Family Conflict
Self Efficacy

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

Activities 2005 2013

  • 31 Lecture / Presentation

The effects of incarceration on longitudinal trajectories of employment

V.R. van der Geest (Speaker), C.C.J.H. Bijleveld (Speaker), A.A.J. Blokland (Speaker), D. Nagin (Speaker)
9 May 2013

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Criminal career development and life course transitions

V.R. van der Geest (Speaker)
1 May 2013

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Developmental trajectories of white-collar offenders: late onset or divergent pathways?

J. van Onna (Speaker), V.R. van der Geest (Speaker)
9 Oct 2013

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic


V.R. van der Geest (Invited speaker)
2 Oct 2013

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic


V.R. van der Geest (Invited speaker)
3 Dec 2013

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic


FSR onderwijsprijs

V.R. van der Geest (Recipient), 2013


Junior societal impact award 2011

V.R. van der Geest (Recipient), 2011