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Clarissa Meerts holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in (international) criminology, both from the Erasmus University Rotterdam. Before starting her PhD project she worked as Academic researcher and lecturer at the Criminology department of the EUR. During this time she participated in research projects about organised and corporate crime. Her current PhD project is funded by a NWO Research talent grant.
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Clarissa’s PhD research focuses on corporate investigations into wrong-doing by employees of organisations, and the settlements that follow these investigations. Many organisations prefer to investigate incidents within their organisation privately before making the decision whether or not to report to the police. The PhD examines the activities of corporate investigators (e.g. the private investigative methods that they employ), the eventual settlements (e.g. the options an organisation has to handle the matter) and the relationships between this commercial sector and the criminal justice system. The methods in researching this topic are qualitative – predominantly interviews with investigators, clients and law enforcement professionals, but also observations with corporate investigators and case studies derived from these observations.

  1. Meerts, C.A. (2014). Over pragmatisme en strategie. Tijdschrift voor Criminologie, 56 (4), 115-137. Read it here.
  2. Meerts, C.A. (2014). Corporate security: Governing through private and public law. In K. Walby & R.K. Lippert (Eds.), Corporate security in the 21st century. Theory and practice in international perspective (Crime prevention and security management) (pp. 97-115). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. Read it here.
  3. Meerts, C.A. (2013). Corporate Security - Private Justice? (Un)Settling Employer-Employee Troubles. Security Journal, 26 (3), 264-279. doi: doi:10.1057/sj.2013.16 Read it here.
  4. Holvast, N.L., Mein, A.G., Huisman, K., Meerts, C.A. & Bunt, H.G. van de (2012). De vastgoedfraude in perspectief. Tijdschrift voor Sanctierecht & Compliance, 2 (3/4), 113-120. Read it here.
  5. Dorn, N. & Meerts, C.A. (2009). Corporate security and private settlement: an informal economy of justice. In J. Shapland & P. Ponsaers (Eds.), The informal economy and connections with organised crime: the impact of national social and economic policies (pp. 113-129). The Hague: Boom Juridische Uitgevers. Read it here.

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