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Sofie De Kimpe

Sofie De Kimpe

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Sofie De Kimpe is full time Professor of Criminology at the Department of Criminology at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). She is a member of the Crime & Society CRiS research group. Since 2005 she taught several introductory and methodological courses in 1st-3rd bachelor in Criminology (UGhent and VUB). Currently she is teaching following subjects: ‘introduction in criminology and penal law’(BA1), ‘police studies’ (BA2) and ‘profile policing & surveillance’ (MA). She chaired the education board of the bachelor and master’s in criminology of the VUB between 2015-2018. Her main research field is ‘police studies and policing’, with a strong preference for frontline policing. In this she acquired experience with qualitative ethnographic police research. Nice to know is that she worked within the federal police organisation as an external expert on a project to reform the Belgian police education system. Currently she supervises a PhD-project on police stop & search, a BRAIN-be project of Federal Science Department (Belspo), researching the impact of the counter-terrorism policy on policing activities and a project on diversity within the local police (funded by Open Society Foundation). As a co-promoter she works together with Prof T. Decorte (UGhent) on the PHd-project ‘Attitude of Police towards Cannabis Users and Cannabis Policy’. She is chair of the EU COST ACTION network on POLICE STOPS. She Is a member of the steering group of the ESC Policing Working Group and member of the international advisory committee of the Scottish Institute for Policing (SIPR). Important mentioning is her active role in the Flemish Centre of Security and policing and the editorial board of the CPS-Cahiers and Panopticon.


Research Line: Policing and surveillance 

Knowledge Cluster: Social Exclusion 



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Vrije Universiteit Brussel
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