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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

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


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

Do sports stadiums generate crime on days without matches? A natural experiment on the delayed exploitation of criminal opportunities

Vandeviver, C., Bernasco, W. & Van Daele, S., Mar 2019, In : Security Journal. 32, 1, p. 1-19 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Cyber-offenders versus traditional offenders: An empirical comparison

Weulen Kranenbarg, M., 2018, 229 p.

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

Open Access

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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