Prof. Dr. Edward Kleemans
VU School of Criminology - Faculty of Law
Dean of Research (Faculty of Law)
Vrije Universiteit (VU) Amsterdam
Edward Kleemans is Full Professor at the VU School of Criminology, Faculty of Law, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands (Full Professor in Serious and Organized Crime and Criminal Justice) and Dean of Research of the Faculty of Law. Until 2013, he was Head of the Crime, Law Enforcement and Sanctions Research Division (CRS) of the Research and Documentation Centre (WODC), Ministry of Security and Justice, the Hague, the Netherlands. Edward Kleemans graduated in public administration and public policy (with the highest possible distinction) and earned a Ph.D. (with the highest possible distinction) from Twente University, the Netherlands.
Edward Kleemans conducts research into organized crime and cybercrime activities and the interaction between offenders and the criminal justice system (including policing issues). From 1996 to 2013 he coordinated the Dutch Organized Crime Monitor (OCM), a systematic, continuing research programme of WODC, Erasmus University Rotterdam and VU University Amsterdam regarding the nature of organized crime in the Netherlands, based upon intensive analysis police investigations. Four major reports were sent to the Dutch Parliament (1998, 2002, 2007, 2012) and the new data sweep of the Dutch Organized Crime Monitor is on its way now. His main research interests relate to organized crime and cybercrime, including drug trafficking, human smuggling, human trafficking, fraud and money laundering: social organization, embeddedness, and the interaction between offenders and the criminal justice system (including policing issues).