I am an Assistant Professor (tenure track) in the Urban Studies research group at the Department of Urbanism of Delft University of Technology. I am a social scientist with a background in sociology and criminology. My main research interests include
- urban sociology,
- crime and delinquency,
- spatial inequality, segregation,
- ethnic diversity,
- social cohesion 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.
I am affiliated to the independent research group Space, Contexts, and Crime at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law. I am also Associate Editor of the Journal of Housing and the Built Environment.
I have previously 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.