I am a senior researcher at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law within the independent research group Space, Contexts, and Crime. I am a social scientist with a background in sociology and criminology. My main research interests include Crime and Disorder, Neighbourhoods, Segregation, Victimization, Adolescent Delinquency, Social Cohesion, and Quantitative Research Methods.
I have previously worked at Delft University of Technology, the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law (Freiburg, Germany) and the Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement (NSCR; Amsterdam). I obtained my PhD degree in 2016 from Utrecht University.
May 2021 – New Position
I am very excited to return to the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law where I join the independent research group Space, Contexts, and Crime.
March 2021 – New Book
Our new book on income inequality and segregation in 24 cities worldwide is out now.
February 2021 – Springer Nature 2020 Research Highlight
The article “Victimization and Its Consequences for Well-Being” by Heleen Janssen, Dietrich Oberwittler, and Göran Köber has been featured by Springer Nature in the report ‘2020’s Research Highlights’ as highly downloaded article in criminology.
January 2021 – New Publication
Can inner and outer containment counteract pulls and pushes toward delinquency? A test of Walter Reckless’s containment theory.
New article published in the European Journal of Criminology with Gerben Bruinsma and Frank Weerman