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Dr. Marleen Weulen Kranenbarg

Assistant Professor

Department of Criminology

Vrije Universiteit (VU) Amsterdam

Marleen Weulen Kranenbarg is an assistant professor at the Vrije Universiteit (VU) Amsterdam, The Netherlands. She recently finished her doctoral dissertation entitled: Cyber-offenders versus traditional offenders: an empirical comparison. She conducted her dissertation research at the NSCR (Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement). Her research mostly focuses on cyber-dependent offenders. For her dissertation she empirically compared traditional offenders to cyber-offenders on four important domains in criminology: 1. offending over the life-course, 2. personal and situational risk factors for offending and victimization, 3. similarity in deviance in the social network, and 4. motivations related to different offense clusters. For this research she constructed a longitudinal dataset of registration data and she surveyed over 500 cyber-offenders and traditional offenders. At the VU Amsterdam she now continues to do research on cyber-dependent offenders and most of her teaching is also related to cybercrime. Marleen is also a research fellow of the NSCR and part of the steering committee of the IIRCC (International Interdisciplinary Research Consortium on Cybercrime).

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Book Chapters

  • Weulen Kranenbarg, M., Van Der Laan, A., De Poot, C., Verhoeven, M., Van Der Wagen, W., Weijters, G. (2017). Individual Cybercrime Offenders. In E.R. Leukfeldt (Ed.), Research Agenda: The Human Factor in Cybercrime and Cybersecurity.Den Haag: Eleven International Publishing.

Journal Articles

  • Weulen Kranenbarg, M., Holt, T.J., & Van Gelder, J.L. (2017). Offending and victimization in the digital age: comparing correlates of cybercrime and traditional offending-only, victimization-only and the victimization-offending overlap.Deviant Behavior.

  • Leukfeldt, E.R., & Weulen Kranenbarg, M. (2017). De menselijke factor in cybercrime (Kroniek). Tijdschrift voor Criminologie, 59(3), 282-290.

Other Activities

  • Weulen Kranenbarg, M. (2018). Cyber-offenders versus traditional offenders: An empirical comparison (Unpublished doctoral dissertation). Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

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