Margo De Koster

Professor of Historical Criminology

Professors Crime & Society (CRiS) Historical Research into Urban Transformation Processes (HOST)
  • Current position Professor of Historical Criminology
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    Department of Criminology
    Faculty of Law and Criminology
    Building B – Room 4.316
    Pleinlaan 2
    BE-1050 Brussels
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  • Website www.crisresearchgroup.be

Margo De Koster graduated in History and Sociology. She started a research career at the History Department of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel in 1998 as researcher of the Belgian National Fund for Scientific research, and obtained her PhD on girl delinquency in the interwar period in 2003.

She is currently part-time professor at the Criminology Department of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, lecturer in Historical criminology at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and vice-coordinator of the Belgian research network “Justice & Populations: The Belgian Experience in International Perspective, 1795-2015” (IAP P7/22, Belgian Science Policy Office). She is also an affiliated member of the HOST research group (Historical Research into Urban Transformation Processes) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.

As a member of CRiS (Crime and Society research group), she is active in both the research domain Security, prevention and policing and that of Youth criminology, with historical-criminological research on juvenile delinquency and juvenile justice, girls and women in criminal justice, urban policing, youth and transgressions in urban public space.

Key publications

De Koster, M. & Reinke, H. (2015 - in print) Policing Minorities, in: A. Johansen & P. Knepper (eds.) Oxford Handbook of the history of crime and criminal justice, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

De Koster, M. (2012) Stedelijke criminaliteit en rechtshandhaving in het verleden: een greep uit recent historisch onderzoek, Tijdschrift voor criminologie, 54(4): 389-398.

De Koster, M. (2011) Politieoptredens en het dagelijks ordenen van de stad. Antwerpen, eind negentiende - begin twintigste eeuw, in: M. De Koster, B. De Munck, H. Greefs, B. Willems & A. Winter (eds.) Werken aan de stad. Stedelijke actoren en structuren in de Zuidelijke Nederlanden, 1500-1900. Liber alumnorum Catharina Lis en Hugo Soly, Brussels: VUB Press, 236-253.

De Koster, M. (2008) Routines et contraintes de la police urbaine à Anvers, 1890-1914, in: J.-M. Berlière, C. Denys, D. Kalifa & V. Milliot (eds.) Etre policier : Les métiers de police en Europe, XVIIIe - XXe siècle, Rennes: Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 345-362.