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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Kritische berichten over de coronamaatregelen in groepschats of via andere media zijn geen zeldenheid. Met het gevolg van polarisatie in onze samenleving. In deze bijdrage laat Fiore Geelhoed zien hoe er ondanks polarisatie tussen groepen ook interessante parallellen zichtbaar worden. Parallellen die de huidige discussie minder ‘uniek’ maken dan de betrokkenen lijken te geloven.
In deze derde studentenblog van Jip van Gurp in het kader van het vak ‘Stedelijkheid, cultuur en criminaliteit’ wordt een kritische blik geworpen op Rotterdam als gentrificerende stad en haar invloed op stedelijke transformatieprocessen in relatie tot ruimtelijke concentraties van armoede en uitsluiting en het verlies van identiteit van oorspronkelijke bewoners.
With the far-right terror attack in Hanau in 2020, Germany witnessed yet another act of right-wing extremist violence, resulting in the death of 9 people with foreign roots. In this blog post, Anna Merz raises the question why, and how authorities still fail to recognise the far-reaching problem of structural racism, racist attacks, and the existence of neo-Nazi networks in Germany.