Sophie van der Zee wins Police & Science grant

Sophie van der Zee, Assistant Professor at Erasmus School of Economics

Dr Sophie van der Zee has obtained a Police & Science grant to the amount of 47,000 euros. With this stand-alone research programme the Dutch national police is engaging with science. Sophie van der Zee, who joined the Behavioral Economics group of Erasmus School of Economics as an assistant professor in January 2018, works together with Prof. Aurélien Baillon on his ERC Starting Grant on truthfulness.

The Police & Science grant allows Sophie to investigate why victims of cybercrime tend to refrain from informing the police about their losses and how the police can most effectively encourage victims to report crimes. The multidisciplinary research team consists of three practically oriented researchers with a background in psychology, sociology, criminology, and computer science.

Sophie is a legal psychologist and has a research background in deception and dishonest behavior. For example, she has developed new lie detection technologies, tested how to reduce online insurance fraud, and investigated how scammers persuade their potential victims to fall for their crime.

On Tuesday 20 February 2018 Dean Philip Hans Franses surprised Sophie with a bouquet of flowers to congratulate her with this grant.

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