Gwen van Eijk is a criminologist and urban sociologist. She has an MSc degree in criminology (2006) from the Erasmus University Rotterdam. For her Master Thesis she received the 2003-2005 Thesis Award of the Dutch Association for Criminology. In 2010 she obtained her PhD degree with highest honour from the Delft University of Technology. Her thesis unravels the links between neighbourhood composition and cross-culture and cross-class relations.
After finishing her PhD thesis, Gwen was briefly Assistant Professor of Urban Studies at the University of Amsterdam. A personal grant from the Niels Stensen Stichting supported a year long Visiting Fellowship at the Centre for Criminology, University of Oxford.
Upon her return in the summer of 2011, Gwen took up an Assistant Professorship at the Department of Criminology in Leiden. Her research interests include urban safety policies, citizen participation in local safety projects and perceptions of fear in relation to the urban environment.
- Exclusionary Policies are Not Just about the ‘Neoliberal City’: A Critique of Theories of Urban Revanchism and the Case of Rotterdam (2010)