About me

This is the homepage of Heleen Janssen. I am a social scientist with a background in sociology and criminology. My main research interests are in the fields of urban sociology, crime and delinquency, spatial inequality, segregation, ethnic diversity and neighborhood effects.

I am interested in how individuals are affected by the physical and social characteristics of the environments in which they grow up, live and act. More specifically, by looking at person-environment interactions, I am trying to understand how important contextual effects are, for whom and under which circumstances. I have a special interest in the concept of “neighborhood” and its definitions and operationalizations at different spatial scales.

Currently I am employed as a postdoctoral researcher in the Department OTB – Research for the Built Environment, Delft University of Technology. Previously I have worked at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law (Freiburg, Germany) and the Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement (NSCR; Amsterdam). I obtained my PhD degree in 2016 from Utrecht University.