As a criminologist and urban sociologist (in random order), I’m interested in understanding and exposing how public policy exacerbates social inequality and how we can use policy and laws to protect human rights, prevent discrimination and exclusion, and diminish inequalities.
I currently work as a researcher and policy officer Technology and Human Rights at Amnesty International Netherlands, focusing on the use of algorithms, risk profiles and automated decision-making by the police (and government in general) in relation to racial profiling, discrimination, privacy, data protection and other human rights. Read more here.
In my previous work as an academic I have written academic publications about urban policy (specifically gentrification and social mixing policies), social inequality in criminal justice practices and algorithmic justice, and (class) inequality.
In addition, I write opinion articles and blogs on various topics related to inequality, such as urban and housing policy, risk profiling in criminal justice, and climate criminals and ecocide.
Early 2021, together with resident groups, local organisations and other engaged citizens from Rotterdam, I was involved in founding ‘Recht op de stad’ (translation: Right to the city), an initiative committed to a better and fair housing policy in Rotterdam. Read more on our website. I also helped organise the protest Woonopstand (Housing revolt) on 17 October in Rotterdam.
I am available for interviews, debates and guest lectures and to write articles. If you have questions, comments, ideas, anything – please contact me via LinkedIn, Mastodon or Twitter. If you want to get in touch about my work at Amnesty, you can email me at g.vaneijk [at] amnesty.nl.
2022-now Researcher/policy officer Technology and Human Rights, Amnesty International Netherlands
2016–2021 Assistant Professor of Criminology, Erasmus University Rotterdam
2015–2016 Visiting scholar, The Graduate School, City University of New York
2011–2016 Assistant Professor of Criminology, University of Leiden
2010–2011 Visiting Fellow, Centre for Criminology, University of Oxford
2010–2011 Assistant Professor of Urban Studies, University of Amsterdam
2010 PhD in Urban Studies, Delft University of Technology
2006 MSc in Criminology, Erasmus University Rotterdam
Last update July 2022