prof. dr. Henk Elffers

About prof. dr. Henk Elffers

Henk Elffers graduated in mathematical statistics at the University of Amsterdam; he fulfilled appointments as statistics consultant at Mathematisch Centrum Amsterdam (CWI), assistant-professor at the Faculty of Geography Utrecht, associate professor methodology of social science at the Law Faculty Erasmus University Rotterdam and professor of psychology of law at the Law Faculty of Antwerp University.

He published on reliability and validity of social science measurement, with an emphasis on self-report methods; multivariate methods; social-psychological models for rule compliance; tax evasion; simulation methods; rational choice; offenders’ location choice; guardianship; the relation judge – general public; displacement of crime.

His research interests focus on quality of criminological data, better conceptualisation of rational choice models for offender decision making in a spatial context, guardianship. Next to his NSCR appointment he is emeritus professor of empirical research into criminal law enforcement at VU University Amsterdam and adjoint-lecturer at the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice of Griffith University, QLD.

Henk is a member of the Empirical Legal Studies Cluster, the Criminal Events Cluster, the Spatial-temporal Cluster, the Computational Criminology Cluster and the Technological innovations (CRIME Lab) Cluster.

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Braga, A A; Welsh, B C; Papachristos, A V; Schnell, C; Grossman, L

The growth of randomized experiments in policing. The vital few and the salience of mentoring Journal Article

Journal of Experimental Criminology, 10 (1), pp. jan-28, 2013.


1&2 October: Guardianship before, during and after a criminal event

Tuesday 1 October, 14.30 – 17.00, Colloquium Guardianship before, during and after a criminal event at the NSCR. Every criminologist knows the famous maxim of...

Preventive guardianship: being there is often enough

As a citizen, you can prevent a crime simply by being there. NSCR researcher Henk Elffers argues in the Tijdschrift voor Veiligheid that we should not underestimate the...