Jenneke Christiaens

Professor of Criminology

Professors Crime & Society (CRiS) Education Security & Policing
  • Current position Professor of Criminology
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    Department of Criminology
    Faculty of Law and Criminology
    Building B – Room 3.555
    Pleinlaan 2
    BE-1050 Brussels
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Jenneke Christiaens is full time Professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. She is a member of the Criminology Department and is the present Chair of the Crime & Society Research Group (CRiS). She has a Master’s degree in educational as well as criminological sciences, and obtained her PhD in Criminology with a criminological–historical study of the birth of the Belgian juvenile justice system (1998). She teaches Introduction to Criminology (1st year Bachelor), Juvenile Justice and Youth Criminology (3rd year Bachelor), and the Master’s courses entitled ‘Youth Criminology’ and ‘Crime and the City’.

Her research interests concern juvenile justice practices, youth delinquency as well as (youth) crime, public space and the city. Current research focuses on: (1) the judicial trajectories of youngsters into adulthood, desistance and the impact of judicial intervention from a life history perspective; (2) the detention of young people; (3) gendered youth justice practices; (4) judging juveniles in court; and (5) youngsters, their use(s) of public space and criminalization.

Key publications

Christiaens, J., M. De Backer and A. Evenepoel (2016) Jongeren en de publieke ruimte, tussen vrijheid en controle. Reflecties bij een complex vraagstuk, Cahiers Politiestudies 34.

De Backer, M., and J. Christiaens (2014) Jusqu’ici tout va bien: jongeren en de productie van parochiale plaatsen in La Haine, Tijdschrift over Cultuur en Criminaliteit 4(1): 37-49.

Christiaens, J., and A. Evenepoel (2013) Giving voice to youth of today: young people’s views and perspectives on youth crime and its prevention in Belgium. Journal of Criminal Justice and Security 4(15): 424-438.