Prof. dr. W. Bernasco

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school of business & economics ( ruimtelijke economie ), externe organisaties ( nscr )
Full Professor

Brief resume

Wim Bernasco graduated in psychology at Leiden University and obtained a PhD from Utrecht University. His PhD thesis explored the coupled occupational careers of spouses. Since 2000 he has been (senior) researcher at the Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement (NSCR), a NWO Institute located in the Initium building on the VU Campus. Past affiliations include Utrecht University, Leiden University, the Institute of Labor Studies (OSA) and the Research Department of the Dutch Ministry of Justice (WODC).

Research activities

Previous and current work focuses on spatial aspects of criminal activities, including variations in crime and delinquency between neighborhoods, offender travel behavior and spatial target selection. New work emphasizes situational causes of crime and victimization.

Educational activities

Supervision of (STREEM) Masters theses, and guest lectures in Applied Spatial Economics and Urban Economics.

Ten most important publications

Bernasco, W., Ruiter, S., Bruinsma, G., Pauwels, L. & Weerman, F. (2013) Situational Causes of Offending: A Fixed Effects Analysis of Space-Time Budget Data. Criminology 51, 895-926. 

Bernasco, W., Block, R. & Ruiter, S. (2013). Go where the money is: modeling street robbers' location choices. Journal of Economic Geography 13, 119-143.

Bernasco, W. & Block, R. (2011). Robberies in Chicago: A Block-Level Analysis of the Influence of Crime Generators, Crime Attractors and Offender Anchor Points. Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency 48, 33-57.

Bernasco, W. (2010). A Sentimental Journey to Crime; Effects of Residential History on Crime Location Choice. Criminology 48, 389-416.

Bernasco, W. (2010). Modeling Micro-Level Crime Location Choice: Application of the Discrete Choice Framework to Crime at Places. Journal of Quantitative Criminology 26, 113-138.

Bernasco, W. & Block, R.. (2009). Where Offenders Choose To Attack ; A Discrete Choice Model of Robberies in Chicago. Criminology 47, 93-130.

Bernasco, W. (2008). Them Again? Same-Offender Involvement in Repeat and Near Repeat Burglaries. European Journal of Criminology 5, 411-431.

Johnson, S.D., Bernasco, W., Bowers, K.J., Elffers, H., Ratcliffe, J., Rengert, G., Townsley, M. (2007). Space-Time Patterns of Risk: A Cross National Assessment of Residential Burglary Victimization. Journal of Quantitative Criminology 23, 201–219.

Bernasco, W., & Nieuwbeerta, P. (2005). How Do Residential Burglars Select Target Areas? A New Approach to the Analysis of Criminal Location Choice. British Journal of Criminology 45, 296-315.

Bernasco, W., & F. Luykx (2003). Effects of Attractiveness, Opportunity and Accessibility to Burglars on Residential Burglary Rates of Urban Neighborhoods. Criminology 41, 3, 981-1002.

Extraordinary chair

Spatial analysis of crime

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Ancillary activities

Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement (NSCR)
Senior researcher


Nederlands Studiecentrum Criminaliteit en Rechtshandhaving - Senior Onderzoeker Amsterdam, 01 juni 2014
Laatste wijzigingen Nevenwerkzaamheden: Amsterdam 06 februari 2017