Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)


The Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) in Belgium is an institution founded on the principles of free enquiry and an adherence to reason. The seal of the university is embroidered with the Latin Scientia Vincere Tenebras, meaning ‘science will conquer the darkness.’ The university grew out of the French-speaking Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) until the two institutions separated in 1969, with the Dutch-speaking VUB becoming fully independent in 1970. The university is structured into 8 faculties that accomplish the three central missions of the university: education, research, and service to the community. The university is organised across two campuses in the centre of Brussels: Etterbeek, its main campus, and a medical campus at Jette.


  • Analysing the Federal-local relationships and partnerships in the provision of security within five police zones in five different cities [WP3]
  • Impact of security and de-radicalisation programmes on professional cultures and daily routines [WP6]

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Sofie De Kimpe is Professor in Criminology at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). She has extensive teaching experience on criminal justice system, policing and security and research methods in criminology. She has published numerous books and articles, both in English and Deutsch on police, crime and security matters and she is member of various editorial boards of scientific journals. She has been supervising numerous PhD thesis on police, policing and security matters. Sofie De Kimpe is one of the co-investigators of the VUB Strategic Research Programme “Crossing Borders: Crime, Culture and Control”, coordinator of the Consortium Research on Policing (CERP) dedicated to the assessment of expectations and perceptions of police recruits and she is the Belgian representative in the research project on Recruitment, Education, Career in the Police (RECPOL), leads by the Norwegian Police Academy.

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Kristof Verfaillie is a researcher. His main research interests focus on counterterrorism policies, complexity theory, collective decision-making, and governance. He holds a Master in Criminology and a Master in European Criminology and European Criminal Justice Systems.

Estelle Hanard is currently Researcher at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, as a member of the project AFFECT. Estelle holds a Master in Psychology (2015) and a Master in Criminology (2018), both obtained at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Besides, she holds a Master in Countering Organised Crime and Terrorism (2018), obtained at University College of London in 2018. From 2014-2015, Estelle fulfilled an internship within the Psychosocial services of the Prison of Forest and Berkendael.