Victor van der Geest

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externe organisaties ( nscr ), faculteit der rechtsgeleerdheid/faculty of law ( criminologie )
Assistant professor/researcher

Curriculum vitae
Victor van der Geest, a developmental psychologist, has been working as a lecturer and researcher at VU University Amsterdam since 2008. In 2005 he worked for six months at the Leiden University, and he joined the Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement (NSCR). Between 2000 and 2008 he worked part time as a mathematics teacher in secondary vocational education at the Grafisch Lyceum Rotterdam.

Educational activities
Statistics I (coordinator)
Statistics II (coordinator)
Life-course Criminology
Advanced Research Methods 

Research activities
Victor van der Geest has been working on research on life-course transitions and criminal careers. He is involved as co-promotor in PhD studies on employment and crime (PhD student Janna Verbruggen), intimate relations and crime (PhD student Mioara Zoutewelle) and criminal careers of white collar criminals.

One area of his research expertise concerns the relationship between (early) risk and protective factors and criminal careers. In his research he focuses on high risk youth. For his dissertation he has investigated whether different risk 'profiles' are associated with different criminal careers. Also, he studied the effects of employment on criminal careers, and conversely, the effects of conviction and incarceration on employment. Recently, he has co-authored a book chapter on in care juveniles' transitions into the emerging adulthood. Also, he has analyzed intergenerational transmission for a Dutch cohort in a cross-national comparison with the Cambridge Study of Delinquent Development.

Main publications
  • Van der Geest, V., Bijleveld, C.C.J.H., and A.A.J. Blokland (2011, forthcoming). The effects of employment on longitudinal trajectories of offending: A follow up in high risk youth from ages 18 to 32. Criminology, November issue [2009: 5 year IF 4.233; IF 2.603; Criminology & Penology rank 1]
  • Van der Geest, V. (2011). Working their Way into Adulthood: Delinquency and employment in high-risk boys to age 32. Doctorate Thesis.
  • Besemer, S., Van der Geest, V., Murray, J., Bijleveld, C.C.J.H., and D. Farrington (2011). The relationship between parental imprisonment and offspring offending in England and the Netherlands. British Journal of Criminology, 51, 1-25 [2009: 5 year IF 1.511; IF 1.068; Criminology & Penology rank 15]
  • Van der Geest, V., Blokland, A.A.J., and C.C.J.H. Bijleveld (2009). Delinquent Development in a Sample of High-Risk Youth: Shape, Content, and Predictors of Delinquent Trajectories from Age 12 to 32. Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, 46, 111-143. [2008: 5 year IF 2.928; IF 1.818; Criminology & Penology rank 2]
  • Van der Geest, V., and C.C.J.H. Bijleveld (2008). Personal, background and treatment characteristics associated with offending after residential treatment: A 13-year follow up in adolescent males. Psychology, Crime & Law, 14 (2), pp. 159-176. [2007: 5 year IF 1.279; IF .815; Criminology & Penology rank 13] 

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