About me

Welcome to my website! I’m a criminologist and urban sociologist and I work as an Assistant Professor of Criminology at the Erasmus University Rotterdam in the Netherlands.

I’m interested in the role of social inequality in everyday life and public policy. Through interviewing, policy analysis and general observations, I seek to understand how social inequality is shaped and reinforced through our actions, policies and experiences – and what we can do to bridge gaps and foster solidarity.

My current research project looks at the relation between class inequality and crime control. I write about my current research on my blog class in/justice.

I have also written academic publications and short texts about urban policy, social mixing and segregation in urban neighbourhoods, gentrification, social interactions and perceptions of safety in public space, and perceptions and experiences of class differences and social hierarchy. Here’s more info about previous projects.

In addition to my work in Rotterdam, I’m an editor of the Dutch academic journal Sociologie (open access). Recently I have edited a special issue on inequality in the Netherlands (in Dutch).

I strive to do public sociology: I write for blogs (e.g. Sargasso and CrimEUR), I’m on Twitter, occasionally talk about social issues in the media, and I’m available for lectures and debates.

If you have questions, comments, ideas, anything, please get in touch: vaneijk@law.eur.nl.

Last update May 2017 | Header images from Unsplash