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Joanne van der Leun

Prof dr J.P. van der Leun, Professor of Criminology at Institute for Criminal Law and Criminology
Joanne van der Leun

Joanne van der Leun (1963) is full Professor of Criminology at Leiden University. She is Program Director of Criminology (BA and MA) since 2008. She is member of the Correctional Services Accreditation Panel, Ministry of Safety and Justice, the Netherlands, and is active in several Editorial Boards and Committees.

Her research interest lie in the field of urban issues of crime and migration. She has primarily been involved in interdisciplinary research projects, both nationally and internationally. Her 2010 Inaugural Lecture dealt with the issue of Crimmigration: the melting of Criminal Law and Migration Policy. Together with Dr. Maartje van der Woude she coordinates research in this area in the Netherlands in which she works together with scholars in the country and abroad. She is active member of the CINETS network: Crimmigration Control - International Net of Studies. She was trained at Utrecht University in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences (MA) with a specialisation in Urban Studies. She holds a PhD d in Sociology (Eramus University 2001). Her thesis: Looking for Loopholes. Processes of incorporation of illegal immigrants in the Netherlands was published in 2003 by the Amsterdam University Press 2003). She also works on Urban Crime, Migrant Entrepreneurship and Human Trafficking.
Since 2001 she is working as a criminologist. She was one of the pioneering staff members of the Criminology BA program at Leiden Law School. She publishes nationally and internationally about migration and crime, urban crime, illegal or irregular migration, processes of incorporation of migrants, and the execution of (police) policy at the local level.  

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