Marijke Van Buggenhout Holds a Master’s in Criminological Sciences and since 2015 she works at the Department of Criminology, Vrije Universiteit Brussel. She is also a member of the Interdisciplinary Research group on Voicing Youth at Social Risk (VOICe), She gained experience with innovative research methods such as visual narratives with her Master's dissertation “Deconstructing the Social Concept of Street Children”. This research was conducted in Durban, South-Africa, and showed – through photovoice projects – how the interpretations and definitions construct street connected youth as a social problem. This research was awarded with the Jeanine Segers prize (Prize for best thesis in Criminology). Marijke’s research interests lie in the field of youth criminology, migration and asylum, decision making processes, empirical children’s rights and voicing socially excluded groups.
Marijke is a member of the Brussels Interdisciplinary Research Centre on Migration and Minorities, the thematic working groups of the European Society of Criminology on Qualitative Research Methods and Epistemologies, Juvenile Justice, and Immigration Crime and Citizenship. Her current research is concerned with rendering the asylum procedure visible by observing ‘asylum interviews’ with young asylum seekers. Her research provides insight into how asylum procedures with children/young adults are conducted in practice. She is also interested in the experiences of young asylum seekers who are subjected to these procedures and the children’s rights accorded to them; she is especially interested in epistemological questions about the presence of voice, and how vulnerable groups are heard in criminological research.