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Jenneke Christiaens is Professor of Criminology and Youth Penology at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. She has research interests in juvenile justice practices, youth delinquency and (youth) crime, and public space and the city. Her 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.


Research Line: Youth Justice Studies

Knowledge Cluster: Social Exclusion


Courses taught at the VUB in 2021-2022

Name  Link
Theoretische Criminologie en victimologie More info
Jeugdrecht en jeugdcriminologie More info



Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Pleinlaan 2
1050 Brussels