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Pia Struyf is a teaching assistant and PhD candidate. She holds a master’s degree in Criminology (VUB, 2017), and has research interests in the forensic sciences, police investigations, policing, and space and security. For her Master’s thesis, Pia evaluated the communication of forensic science data between police and experts in a murder investigation. In 2018, she conducted a systematic review of the effectiveness of DNA databases for police, society, and criminologists at the University of Ghent. In September 2018, she has conducted research on the impact of street lighting on crime and fear of crime at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.


Research Line: Policing and Surveillance


Courses taught at the VUB in 2020-2021

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Kwalitatief criminologisch onderzoe

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Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Pleinlaan 2
1050 Brussels