dr. Anja Dirkzwager

About dr. Anja Dirkzwager

Anja Dirkzwager received her Ph.D. degree in 2002 for a dissertation on posttraumatic stress reactions among Dutch soldiers who participated in international peacekeeping operations, and the wellbeing of their family members. Subsequently, she worked at the Netherlands Institute for Health Services Research (NIVEL) investigating the physical and mental health consequences of disasters.

As of August 2007, she works as a senior researcher at NSCR. She is one of the principal investigators who initiated the Prison Project, a nationwide and longitudinal study on the effects of imprisonment on the further life-course of prisoners and their families. Her research interests include the physical and mental health of prisoners and their family members; prisoners’ perceptions of the conditions of confinement; and the effects of imprisonment on the further life-course.

She is chairing the ESC working group Prison Life & Effects of Imprisonment.

Anja is a member of the Life-course Cluster, the Intergenerational Cluster and the Sanctions Cluster.

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Deterrence versus procedural justice. Successfully reducing reoffending

NSCR researcher Anja Dirkzwager, together with Peter van der Laan and Paul Nieuwbeerta, has received a grant in the NWO Open Competition for the project Deterrence...

Determinants and consequences of a procedurally just treatment of prisoners

This project focuses on procedural justice in prisons. In this project procedural justice refers to prisoners’ perceptions of the fairness of procedures in prisons,...

Prisoners’ mental and physical health

Persons with health problems are largely overrepresented in the criminal justice system. This overrepresentation is particularly pronounced in prisons. For instance,...

Spinhuis Center

Prison design and detention experience

“Prison design affects how inmates experience the conditions of their detention” Despite historical interest for the construction of prisons, much is unclear...

The social network of detainees

Several studies have shown that the social network has an impact on people’s lives and their living conditions. An important role in this is played by people who...