Marc Schuilenburg

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faculteit der rechtsgeleerdheid/faculty of law ( criminologie )
Assistant professor
Curriculum vitae

Marc Schuilenburg is assistant professor at the Department of Criminal Law and Criminology, at the VU University Amsterdam. He studied at the School of Law and the Faculty of Philosophy of the Erasmus University, Rotterdam. He earned his PhD in Social Sciences from the VU University at Amsterdam. Before his university teaching, Marc Schuilenburg worked for six years for the Dutch Public Prosecution Service. In the fields of criminology and philosophy his expertise and areas of interest include politics and crime control, governance of security, social order, theoretical criminology, popular culture and French philosophy. He is the author of the books ‘The Securitization of Society. Crime, Risk, and Social Order’ (2015), ‘Order in Security. A Dynamic Perspective’ (in Dutch, 2012) and, with Alex de Jong, ‘Mediapolis. Popular Culture and the City’ (2006). He has co-edited several books, including ‘Positive Criminology’ (2014), ‘The New French Philosophy’ (in Dutch, 2011), ‘Governing Security under the Rule of Law?’ (2010) and ‘Deleuze Compendium’ (in Dutch, 2009). Marc Schuilenburg is co-founder and current co-editor of the academic journal ‘Tijdschrift over Cultuur & Criminaliteit’ [Journal on Culture & Crime] and current co-editor of ‘Justitiële verkenningen’ [Judicial Explorations]. He is a member of the Dutch Centre of Cultural Criminology and the Centre for Art and Philosophy. Marc Schuilenburg was visiting scholar at John Jay College, New York, in the Department of Sociology (2013). In 2014 he was awarded the Willem Nagel Prize of the Dutch Society of Criminology for his book ‘Order in Security. A Dynamic Perspective’.


Educational activities
Risk Society (Ma)
The Police & Security Management (Ma)
Prevention & Punishment (Ba)
Research Skills (Ba)

Research activities
Marc Schuilenburg conducts research in the programme Empirical and Normative Studies. His research concerns sociological analysis of processes and practices of securitization. It is concentrated in three topics in particular:
1. Securitization and Security Assemblages. This research concerns the field of safety and security in which tasks and responsibilities are performed by an increasing number of other parties than the state. Schools, housing associations, football clubs, retailers' associations, and citizens: it has become a matter of course that they too take responsibility and develop and implement their own security programs. The research offers theoretical and empirical analysis how the relations between private and public parties are reshaped in public/private partnerships. How do private parties deal with their new responsibilities? Which punishments do they mete out, which truths do they propagate?
2. Positive Security. This research deals with an alternative approach to our current ‘law-and-order’ politics, which uses crime control and its rhetoric and techniques as a ‘negative’ penal power (‘power over’). The research is directed towards bottom-up approaches of security in which local capacity and local knowledge are mobilized. It aims at supplementing the judicial-political discourse with a ‘positive framework’ of security, inspired by theories of active citizenship and local capacity building as a source of security (‘power to’). What is the role of communities and citizen participation in the governance of security? How to enhance the ability of citizens to both direct and add value to their own security? Which guidelines are relevant for more positive, social methods of governing and crime control?
3. City and Citizenship. This research offers theoretical and empirical analysis of changes in our urban environment as a result of spatial securitization. Nowadays, urban space consists of a variety of protected and isolated spaces which ensure a permanent form of enclosure and exclusion: shopping malls, urban design districts, gated communities, amusement parks, cultural zones, historic districts, business improvement districts and terrain vagues. The research deals with the spatial division of the city, the exclusion of certain groups from sections of the city, recent developments relating to the concept of citizenship and a renewed right to urban life. How do these new places function in practice? Which new ideals of citizenship emerge in our urban landscape? How to understand the ‘right to the city’ now?

In the fields of Criminology and Philosophy his expertise and areas of interest include politics and crime control, governance of security, social order, theoretical criminology, popular culture and French philosophy

Main publications

  • M. Schuilenburg (2015), The Securitization of Society. Crime, Risk, and Social Order (With an Introduction by David Garland). New York: New York University Press.
  • M. Schuilenburg, R. van Steden & B. Oude Breuil (2014), Positive Criminology. Reflections on Care, Belonging and Security. The Hague: Eleven International Publishing.
  • M. Schuilenburg (2012), Orde in veiligheid. Een dynamisch perspectief. Den Haag: Boom Juridische uitgevers.
  • B. Ieven, B., A. van Rooden, M. Schuilenburg & S. van Tuinen (2011), De nieuwe Franse filosofie. Denkers en thema's voor de 21e eeuw. Amsterdam: Boom.
  • J. Blad, M. Hildebrandt, K. Rozemond, M. Schuilenburg & P. Van Calster (2010), Governing Security under the Rule of Law?. The Hague: Eleven International Publishing.
  • E. Romein, M. Schuilenburg & S. van Tuinen (2009), Deleuze compendium. Amsterdam: Boom.
  • A. de Jong & M. Schuilenburg (2006), Mediapolis. Popular Culture and the City. Rotterdam: 010-Publishers. 
All VU University Amsterdam-publications, via Metis.

Postal address
VU University Amsterdam
Faculty of Law
De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam 

Ancillary activities

Centre for Art and Philosophy - Partner Rotterdam, 01 januari 2011
WODC - Unknown Den Haag, 02 december 2013
Tijdschrift over Cultuur & Criminaliteit - Unknown Onbekend, 02 januari 2014
Last changes Ancillary activities: Amsterdam 27 januari 2017