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Position Paper Terrorism and Cybercrime

NSCR Seminar on European Security

On 26 May 2016 a seminar on European security, Combating Crime through Understanding the Human Factor, took place in Brussels. This seminar, co-organised by the Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement (NSCR) and Neth-ER, was associated with the Netherlands’ Presidency of the Council of the EU.

Cybercrime and terrorism are at the forefront of the European security agenda. Surprisingly little is known about these crimes, however. This seminar discussed the state of the art of criminological knowledge about these crimes.

Speakers were Catrien Bijleveld (NSCR), Edward Kleemans (Vrije Universiteit), Ernesto Savona (TRANScrime and Università Milan/University of Trento) and Michael Levi (University Cardiff). The seminar for researchers and policy makers was concluded with the presentation of the position paper Terrorism and Cybercrime: the Human Factor.

See also Neth-ER: The human factor in cybercrime and terrorism

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About prof. dr. mr. Catrien Bijleveld


Catrien Bijleveld graduated in 1986 with honours in Methods and Techniques of Social Research. In 1989 she was promoted to the analysis of categorical time series. After an appointment as a statistical consultant at TNO (Dutch Organisation for Applied Scientific Research), she spent seven years as a lecturer at the Department of Methodology and Statistics at the Department Psychology of Leiden University. In 1997 she was programme coordinator at the Research and Documentation Centre of the Ministry of Justice, where she was responsible among others for research on criminal justice, environmental enforcement, ex-TBS detainees, recidivism in general and foreigners.

In 2002 she graduated with honours in Law at Leiden University. As of 1 January 2001 to August 2014 she worked as a senior researcher at NSCR. Her research activities focus on research into criminal careers and (experimental) research into the effectiveness of interventions, juvenile sex offenders, historical trends and the intergenerational transmission of delinquent behaviour. Catrien Bijleveld is also professor in Methods and Techniques of Criminological Research at VU University, Amsterdam. She is a member of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences (KNAW) and a member of the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities (KHMW). She was director of the NSCR till August 2019.

Catrien is a member of the Life-course Cluster, the Intergenerational Cluster and the Extremism/terrorism Cluster.

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