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Sofie De Kimpe (12 aug 1975) is full time Professor of Criminology at the Department of Criminology at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). She has a Master degree in political science (administrative science), criminology and a PhD in criminology. She teaches subjects on Policing, security policy and Criminological methodology. She started her criminological career at Ghent University with a PhD study on discourses of senior police officers, a sociological study of chief constables of the local police in Flanders. First as an academically assistant and afterwards as a post-doctoral researcher, she engages in the criminological research of the police, police organisation and police practices. In 2007 she became professor in criminology at the VUB, where she continued her research in the larger domain of police studies.

From 2009 to 2013 she worked as an academic expert for the Minister of Internal Affairs and the Belgian Federal police, managing a project ‘police, a learning organization’. The project intended to rethink the Belgian police education system and implement a bachelor and master program for police studies within the Belgian Police. She, with her project team made a full audit evaluation of ten Belgian Police Schools, presented in Belgian Parliament. Based on this audit she wrote a policy plan whereby she advised to implement Belgian police education system into the European Higher Education System, cf. Bachelor and Master Structure.

In 2013 she returned to the University of Brussels to withdraw her academic career as a full time member of the Crime & Society CRiS research group ( Hence she is professor at the faculty of law and criminology at the VUB. Since 2013 she teaches following subjects: ‘introduction in criminology’, ‘police studies’ and ‘methods of criminological research’ in the Bachelor of Criminology; ‘management in the criminal justice system’ and ‘policing & security’ in the Master of Criminology. She is the chair of the education board of the bachelor and master in criminology of the VUB, since 2015.

Furthermore she was (2013-2017) co-promotor of the Strategic Research Program I (SRP) ‘Crossing Borders: crime, culture and control’. Currently she is promotor of the SRP II program of the CRiS research group, ‘Crime and Society: new challenges’. She is member of different editorial boards of national and international police journals. She has supervised several PhD theses’ and research projects, all in the field of policing. Currently she supervises a PhD-project on police stop & search and a BRAIN-be project of Federal Science Department (Belspo), researching the impact of the counter-terrorism policy on policing activities. She is a founding member and member of the steering group of the ESC Working Group on Policing

Important mentioning is her active role in the Flemish Centre of Security and policing and the editorial board of the CPS-Cahiers ( The CPS-network is within Flanders the most important external policing network, consisting of representatives of universities, university colleges and police training institutes. The CPS plays a very important role in the validation of research knowledge in the police profession, the police organization and police education. 

Research output

  1. Counterterrorism policing and the prevention paradox

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterSpecialistpeer-review

  2. Counterterrorism and the limits of criminal law enforcement

    Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned reportResearch

  3. The challenges of counterterrorism policing

    Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned reportResearch

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  1. Police Stops

    Project: FundamentalLaw sciences (including criminology and notary)

  2. Voicing diversity

    Project: FundamentalLaw sciences (including criminology and notary)

  3. AFFECT-2 : Phase 2

    Project: FundamentalLaw sciences (including criminology and notary)

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  1. Het politieonderwijs in België

    Activity: Talk or presentationTalk or presentation at a conference

  2. Visitatie Master in Policing

    Activity: Consultancy

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