Els Enhus

Professor of Criminology

Professors Crime & Society (CRiS)
  • Current position Professor of Criminology
  • Contact Vrije Universiteit Brussel
    Department of Criminology
    Faculty of Law and Criminology
    Building B – Room 4.355
    Pleinlaan 2
    BE-1050 Brussels
  • Phone +32 (0) 2 629 1392
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  • Website www.crisresearchgroup.be

Els Enhus graduated in Sociology and Criminology. She started a research carrier at the the Centre of the Study of Free Time of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (1975-1978), carried out divers projects at the Centre of Sociology of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (1978-1986), was researcher at the Department of Criminology of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel on police (1986-1991) and was teaching assistant at this department (1992-1998). She holds a Phd-degree (“Between hammer and anvil. The Belgian central police policy: an analysis of the discourse in the period 1980-1997”) since 1999 and is associate as professor to the Department of Criminology of the Free University of Brussels.

She lectures on 'criminology and victimology', 'police organisation and police policy', 'crime and the city' and 'policy, practice and evaluation'. Her research aims are to study the role and impact of discourses in the social construction of security and criminality and the (official) societal reaction. She studies security issues (crime statistics, fear of crime, multi-agency approach, prevention, cybercrime, new developments in criminology), police questions (daily work, culture, structure), the relationship between city and crime (public spaces, neighbourhoods, youth gangs, migration) and motivations of offenders (burglary and armed robbery).

She is member of CRiS (Crime & Society research group) and responsible for the research domain Security, prevention and policing. Together with Prof. Christiaens she is the VUB-promoter in the network project IAP Interuniversity Attraction Pole “Justice & Populations: The Belgian Experience in International Perspective, 1795-2015” Network project IAP - Interuniversity Attraction Pole (IAP) P7/22. She is the co-promoter of the STRAT Crossing Borders program: Crime, Culture and Control (coordinator Prof. S. Snacken) and a variety of other research projects. 

Key publications

Bauwens, T., E. Enhus, P. Ponsaers, H. Reynaert and J. Van Assche (2011) Integraal veiligheidsbeleid tussen pragmatisme en idealisme. Het complexe samenspel van lokale en bovenlokale bestuurlijke actoren, Brussels: VUBpress.