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October 17th 2019

The Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement (NSCR) is one of the NWO Institutes.
NSCR operates from a fundamental and interdisciplinary research orientation at the interface of theory, practice and policy. The institute has set itself the objectives stated below in order to play a significant role within national and international academic research in the area of criminality and law enforcement.

  • NSCR aims at fundamental, interdisciplinary research into the interaction between criminality and law enforcement, with an emphasis on longitudinal studies.
  • NSCR carries out academic research independently and in collaboration with (para-) university institutions in the aforementioned area and publishes about this in academic media.
  • NSCR trains young researchers.
  • In collaboration with other universities and institutions, NSCR is developing a national and international network of academic researchers in the area of criminality and law enforcement by organising national and international congresses, seminars, symposia, workshops, and lectures on the latest insights.
  • NSCR wants to play an active national and international role in public opinion forming.

NSCR is located in Amsterdam and works together with VU Amsterdam and the Amsterdam Law and Behavior Institute (A-LAB).

Mission budget

Annual report NSCR
Annual report 2016
Annual report 2015

NSCR on YouTube
Once a thief, always a thief?

Academic advisory committee
The academic advisory committee members are:

  • Prof. Marcelo Aebi – University of Lausanne, Switzerland (chair)
  • Prof. Henk van de Bunt – Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands
  • Prof. Felipe Estrada – Stockholm University, Sweden
  • Prof. Candace Kruttschnitt – University of Toronto, Canada
  • Prof. Friedrich Lösel – University of Cambridge, UK & Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany
  • Dr Almir Maljevic – University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Prof. Daniel Nagin – Carnegie Mellon University, US
  • Prof. Diettrich Oberwittler – Max Planck Institute Freiburg, Germany
  • Prof. Rick Rosenfeld – University of Missouri-St. Louis, US
  • Prof. Clifford Shearing – University of Cape Town, South Africa & Griffith University, Australia
  • Prof. Terence Thornberry – University of Maryland, US
  • Prof. David Weisburd – Hebrew University, Israel & George Mason University, US

Interim Director NSCR
Prof.dr. Peter van der Laan

Press officer NSCR
Koosje Heurter

Website NSCR