Launch Network of Interdisciplinary Policing Studies


Are you fascinated by issues related to Policing, and interested in meeting other UU scholars across the University who are also working on these themes? If so, we happily invite you to the network launch of the Interdisciplinary Policing Studies on Thursday, September 28th 2023, from 13:00 until 17:00,

This brand-new Network of Interdisciplinary Policing Studies, which is part of the Contesting Governance Platform, will kick off with an interactive network launch. During this afternoon, existing UU research on policing across disciplines will be showcased. Moreover, various scholars from other networks at other universities and organisations are invited to discuss the role of academia in policing studies.


13:00-13:15:     Walk-in

13:15- 13:30:    Introduction and welcome (Luuk Slooter)

13:30-14:45:     Panel 1: Policing Research at Utrecht University (moderator: Hayal Akarsu)

  • Speaker 1: Transformative Policing, Tessa Diphoorn
  •  Speaker 2: Algorithmization in the Police (ALGOPOL project), Albert Meijer
  • Speaker 3: Legislation on Policing, Joep Lindeman
  • Speaker 4: Attitudes towards the Police, Amy Nivette


15:00-16:15       Panel 2: Doing Research into Policing (moderator: Veronika Nagy)

  • Speaker 1: Andrea Donker, HU
  • Speaker 2: Teun Meurs, Politieacademie
  • Speaker 3: Ronald van Steden, VU/NSCR
  • Speaker 4: Jasper de Paepe, Leiden University

16:15-16:30       Closing discussion (Rianne Dekker)

16:30                   Borrel


About NIPS

The NIPS addresses questions about policing in the broadest sense and encourages dialogue between disciplines. We take a pluralized and globalized approach to policing to understand contemporary issues of police (mis)conduct, security, and securitization, and draw from different research disciplines. We are also interested in understanding how policing actors both govern and are governed, the role of (new) technologies and AI, and how this shapes urgent questions pertaining to transparency, legitimacy, and accountability.

Our research is theory-driven, aims to have a societal relevance, and provides amongst others critical approaches to policing processes and more applied research projects aimed at policy development and/or reform. Geographically, we take a global approach studying policing in the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Turkey, Kenya, US, and South Africa. As an interdisciplinary network of researchers, we draw and contribute to insights from four different faculties at Utrecht University: Social and Behavioural Sciences; Humanities; Law, Economics and Governance; and Science.

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