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Kristof Verfaillie is a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer in Criminology and Research Methods. He is a Master of Criminological Sciences, Master of European Criminology and European Criminal Justice Systems, and holds a PhD in Criminological Sciences. Prior to joining CRiS, Kristof was a researcher at The Institute for International Research on Criminal Policy (IRCP) at Ghent University, and the Law Science, Technology and Society Studies (LSTS) research group at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. He has also been a guest lecturer at the National School for Officers (Belgian Federal Police) and a visiting scholar at the University of Edinburgh. He has participated in several national and European research projects which studied political discourses and public attitudes about crime control, the use of scenario studies in organized crime threat assessments, the emergence and use of new security technologies in crime control, and the effects of counterterrorism policies on police culture. Kristof’s doctoral thesis explored the politics of representation in crime control, including a narrative analysis of the policymaking process by a Minister of Justice and his key policy advisors, an analysis of the Belgian government’s policy discourse about crime control (1973-2014), and of the problematization of “the citizen” in that discourse. His current research interests lie in: the relationships between democracy, politics and crime control, focusing specifically on the effects of counterterrorism policies; public opinion research (conceptually and empirically); the sociology of crime control transformations and reform; and the use of expert knowledge in crime control. 


Research Line: Policing and Surveillance


Courses taught at the VUB in 2020-2021

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Theoretische criminologie en victimologie 

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Criminaliteit en Samenleving More info


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Kwantitatief criminologisch onderzoek

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Vrije Universiteit Brussel
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