About me

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 obtained my PhD degree in 2011 at the Department of Sociology/Interuniversity Centre for Social Science Theory and Methodology (ICS) of Utrecht University.

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.

The projects page summarizes my ongoing projects, but I work on a lot of other things too. You can also view my resume.

Are you interested in situational and spatial criminology? Consider joining the 'Space, Place, and Crime' working group of the European Society of Criminology, currently awaiting approval.

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.