The Rotterdam Criminology Blog is the blog of the Criminology Department of the Erasmus School of Law, Erasmus University Rotterdam. The authors are criminologists working at our department, who blog in a personal capacity.

The blog offers a platform to discuss relevant topics on crime and criminology. Posts include thoughts and comments on various forms of media, including news reports, books, articles, and films; responses to developments in criminal, social and socio-legal policies in the Netherlands; and preliminary research findings. The website also provides links to more in-depth papers that the authors have published elsewhere. This blog covers a wide range of different topics and research areas relevant to criminology, which are organized under the following themes:

(1) Media and Culture
(2) Street and The City
(3) Technology and Cybercrime
(4) Migration and Multiculturalism
(5) Crimes of the Powerful
(6) Gangs and Organized Crime
(7) Radicalization and Terrorism
(8) Youth, Criminal Justice and Victimization

Editorial Team
Gwendolyn Geuze (MSc, PhD candidate)
Anna Merz (MA, PhD candidate)
Ruben Timmerman (MA, LLM, PhD candidate)

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In this blogpost, PhD candidate Isabella Regan discusses the role of private online investigations in conflict settings. Paying specific attention to its use in the current conflict in Ukraine, she touches upon challenges related to legal, ethical and practical implications. The next four years, she will conduct a critical analysis of public and private power (im)balances within online open-source investigations of (transnational) crimes.
Recently, our colleague Abby Muricho Onencan attended the Leiden University annual Diversity and Inclusion Symposium. In this post, she reflects on the keynote address by Professor of Sociology of Law, Ashley Terlouw. Abby shares some new, and intriguing thoughts on the legal perspective of diversity and inclusion that she gathered from the symposium.
Door voortschrijdende technologische ontwikkelingen en verdere digitalisering van de samenleving zal de inzet van beelden in de strafrechtsketen toenemen, en daarmee de noodzaak deze kritisch te bevragen, net als iedere andere vorm van bewijs. Het gebruik van beeldmateriaal vergt goed ontwikkelde visuele geletterdheid bij betrokken actoren - dit zal centraal staan in het onderzoek van Gabry Vanderveen, Willem-Jan Verhoeven en Lotte van Dillen dat door Politie & Wetenschap is gehonoreerd.