Prof. Dr. Dr. Jean-Louis van Gelder

Managing Director

Curriculum Vitae

Pro­fes­sio­nal Ap­point­ments:

2019–pre­sent: Di­rec­tor, Max Planck In­sti­tu­te for the Stu­dy of Cri­me, Se­cu­ri­ty and Law, Frei­burg, Ger­ma­ny
2020–pre­sent: Full Pro­fes­sor, In­sti­tu­te of Edu­ca­ti­on and Child Stu­dies, Lei­den Uni­ver­si­ty, The Net­her­lands

Pro­fes­sio­nal Af­fi­lia­ti­ons:

2018–2019: Net­her­lands In­sti­tu­te for the Stu­dy of Cri­me and Law En­for­ce­ment (NS­CR), Re­se­arch Fel­low
2017–pre­sent: Uni­ver­si­ty of Zu­rich, Ja­cobs Cen­ter for Pro­duc­ti­ve Youth De­ve­lop­ment, Re­se­arch Col­la­bo­ra­tor
2016–pre­sent: Uni­ver­si­ty of Ports­mouth, Ex­ter­nal Re­se­arch As­so­cia­te Youth De­ve­lop­ment, Vi­si­ting Re­se­arch Fel­low


2012: PhD. Psy­cho­lo­gy, VU Uni­ver­si­ty Ams­ter­dam
2009: Ph.D. Law, Uni­ver­si­ty of Ams­ter­dam
2002: M.A. Law, Uni­ver­si­ty of Ams­ter­dam
1999: M.A. Psy­cho­lo­gy, Uni­ver­si­ty of Ams­ter­dam

Pro­fes­sio­nal Ex­pe­ri­ence:

2018–2019: Full Pro­fes­sor, Dept. of Psy­cho­lo­gy of Con­flict, Risk & Sa­fe­ty, Uni­ver­si­ty of Twen­te, The Net­her­lands
2013–2017: Se­ni­or Re­se­ar­cher, Net­her­lands In­sti­tu­te for the Stu­dy of Cri­me and Law En­for­ce­ment (NS­CR), Amsterdam
2010–2013: Re­se­arch Fel­low, Net­her­lands In­sti­tu­te for the Stu­dy of Cri­me and Law En­for­ce­ment (NS­CR), Amsterdam


CRIMETIME/Short-Term Mindsets and Crime

Why are some people more likely to commit crime than others? Answers to this question, which is at the heart of criminology, can be grouped into two broad views. On the one hand, dispositional perspectives argue that stable factors within the individual, such as lack of self-control, lie at the roots of criminal conduct. Sociogenic perspec­tives… more

The 360º Virtual Scenario Method

The 360º Virtual Scenario research program aims to remedy some of the defects of the traditional scenario (or “vignette”) method by employing immersive 360º video. This virtual reality (VR) method is based on the assump­tion that the commonly used written scenarios are unlikely to capture the more visceral and emotional aspects involved in… more

Virtual Burglary Project

The Virtual Burglary Project uses virtual reality (VR) versions of residential neighborhoods to study the behavior of burglars. Convicted burglars are invited to explore a neighborhood, select a target to burglarize, and commit a bur­glary in VR and to go about it just as they would in the real world. The VR system tracks all their behavior in real… more

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