I work as a researcher at the Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement (NSCR), a research institute of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).
My main research interests are environmental criminology, urban sociology, social cohesion, social networks, and quantitative research methods. I mostly work within the field ‘mobility and distribution of crime’: I describe spatial and temporal variations in crime, and explain these variations as a function of the characteristics of places and of how potential offenders, potential victims, informal and formal guardians use their spatial environment over daily and weekly time cycles.
I am an avid R useR and enjoy writing useful & reusable R functions — these will be discussed in blog posts or appear on my projects page. Before R, I also used Stata, SPSS, MLWiN, Mplus for my statistical analyses.
I love scuba diving, surfing, good food (and bad food), and 80s movies.
The Dutch travel quite a bit, so I've been to many different countries. I think my favorite trips were to Japan, and taking the Trans-Siberian Railway from Moscow to Beijing.