Prof. Dr. Dr. Jean-Louis van Gelder


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


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

360º Virtual Scenario Method

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

Virtual Burglary Project

The Virtual Burglary Project is a research program co-headed by Prof. Claire Nee (University of Portsmouth) and involves a collaboration with researchers from Leiden University and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. The Virtual Burglary Project uses a VR approach to better understand the behavior of residential burglars and to contribute to crime… more


FutureU is a novel and scalable behavioral intervention to increase future-orientation in offenders by connecting them to their future self. The research program, which was started with the (Dutch) Probation Service as a partner and stakeholder, is premised on the well-established notion that delinquents often live like there is no tomorrow because… more

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