About me

As a criminologist and urban sociologist, I’m interested in understanding and exposing how public policy exacerbates social inequality and how we can use policy, laws and human rights to diminish and prevent discrimination, exclusion and inequalities.

In my 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 the Netherlands.

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 get in touch via LinkedIn or Twitter.


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 January 2022