Department of Criminology



The Erasmus University Rotterdam’s criminology department is based in the Erasmus School of Law. The department consists of a young, interdisciplinary staff of 25, with an academic background in criminology, sociology, anthropology, psychology, law, history and medicine. It maintains close relations with the Erasmus University’s departments of sociology, psychology and social administration (Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences) and collaborates with the university’s centre of drugs studies of the School of Medicine, with the Rotterdam School of Business Administration (on fraud, compliance and corporate crime) and with the departments of criminal law, administrative law, socio-legal studies, legal psychology, forensic psychiatry, financial law and legal philosophy of the Rotterdam Law School.

Teaching programmes

The Erasmus University runs a bachelor and a master programme in criminology. They receive a maximum of 125 students per year. The Rotterdam criminology section is, since 1984, also involved in a European master in criminology, in collaboration with the universities of Barcelona, Bologna, Ghent, Hamburg, London-Middlesex, New York CUNY and Thrace. It also takes part in the international PhD-programme in criminology ‘Transcrime’, together with the Universities of Trento, Bologna, Milan, Wales, Lausanne, Macerata, Teramo and Venice and participates in the Rotterdam Law School’s Research Master.

Research activities

The department’s research programme is entitled ‘Surveillance and enforcement: on the dynamics between crime and social control in late modern society’. Crime and safety politics, drug trafficking, human smuggling, migration, corporate crime and transnational organised crime, life-course criminology, historical criminology and international and comparative criminology are the department’s main fields of research. Together with the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam’s criminology department it has established an expertise centre on organised crime (CIROC) that is mainly meant to make the international research literature accessible to a Dutch and English speaking scholars. It is also involved in the interdisciplinary Research School on Public Safety and Security (Onderzoeksschool Maatschappelijke Veiligheid) and is participant in the European Commission’s Coordinated Action Programme CRIMPREV.

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