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I graduated in psychology at Leiden University and obtained a PhD in Sociology from Utrecht University. My PhD thesis explored the coupled occupational careers of spouses. Since 2000 I have been at the Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement (NSCR), a NWO Institute located in the Initium building on the VU Campus. Past affiliations include Utrecht University, Leiden University, the Institute of Labor Studies (OSA) and the Research Department of the Dutch Ministry of Justice (WODC)

A psychologist by training and PhD in sociology, I have studied spatial aspects of crime since about 2000, when I joined the NSCR. Since January 2013 am also a professor at the Department of Spatial Economics of the School of Business and Economics at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, where I hold a chair 'Spatial analysis of crime'.

Ancillary activities

  • Nederlands Studiecentrum Criminaliteit en Rechtshandhaving | Amsterdam | Senior Onderzoeker | 2014-06-01 - present

Ancillary activities are updated daily

Education/Academic qualification

Sociology, PhD

Psychology, Master

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Research Output 1990 2019

Active guardianship, its agents and the effects on offender behavior

van Bavel, M. L., 2019, 142 p.

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

Open Access

Adolescent offenders’ current whereabouts predict locations of their future crimes

Bernasco, W., 1 Jan 2019, In : PLoS ONE. 14, 1, e0210733.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Law enforcement

Crime Feeds on Legal Activities: Daily Mobility Flows Help to Explain Thieves’ Target Location Choices

Song, G., Bernasco, W., Liu, L., Xiao, L., Zhou, S. & Liao, W., 1 Jan 2019, In : Journal of Quantitative Criminology.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review


Determinants of reporting cybercrime: A comparison between identity theft, consumer fraud, and hacking

van de Weijer, S. G. A., Leukfeldt, R. & Bernasco, W., 1 Jul 2019, In : European Journal of Criminology. 16, 4, p. 486-508 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review


Dissecting the Role of Dominance in Robberies: An Analysis and Implications for Microsociology of Violence

Liebst, L. S., Lindegaard, M. R. & Bernasco, W., 1 Jan 2019, In : Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Surgical Instruments

Activities 2013 2017

  • 1 Editorial work
  • 1 PhD thesis examination

Neighborhoods Without Community; Collective efficacy and crime in Malmö, Sweden

W. Bernasco (Examiner)
3 Feb 2017

Activity: PhD thesis ExaminationPhD thesis examination

Criminology (Journal)

W. Bernasco (Member of editorial board)

Activity: Peer review and Editorial workEditorial workAcademic


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