Short bio

Prof. Dr. Lieven Pauwels is professor of criminology and teaches courses on the etiology of crime, crime prevention, statistics, youth criminology and biological anthropology. He has conducted  research on adolescent offending and victimization, troublesome youth group involvement, violent extremism. His work involves the evaluation and testing of theories on crime causation, crime prevention and the use of surveys and crime statistics.  

Work details

Selected societal impact activities

  • 28/03/2019 – EUCPN Working Group Conference Expert Meeting on the concept of crime prevention 
  • 27/11/2018 Brussels Blootstelling aan gewelddadig extremisme en politiek / religieus geweld. Een verhaal van differentiële ontvankelijkheid en situationele resistentie. Policy Lab ‘Preventie van radicalisering in de Europese steden’ 
  • 13/09/2019 – Leuven – Een academische kijk op de ontwikkelingen in het preventie- en veiligheidsbeleid. Studiedag 25 jaar preventie in het lokaal veiligheidsbeleid.

Selected media

Selected events


  • Rule-breaking and victimization
  • Neighborhood effects
  • Evolution of norms and self-control
  • Crime prevention  

Selected projects

  • International Self-Reported Delinquency Study (ISRD3)
  • 2012-2014 Radicalization and the use of social media (RADIMED Belspo / Biza)
  • 2009-2015 SPAN-Project
  • Selection of supervised PhDs
    • Ben Heylen ‘The Dark Side of Humanity: the evolutionary roots of  contemporary prejudice and bias motivated behaviors
    • Maarten De WaeleThe use of violence by youngsters in far-right groups in Flanders
    • Anjuli Van Damme: Trust in police procedural justice. Testing and elaborating Procedural Justice Theory 

Selected publications

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