6 November 2018

Criminal law expert and psychologist Lydia Dalhuisen wins award for dissertation on arsonists

Lydia Dalhuisen
Dr. Lydia Dalhuisen

Lydia Dalhuisen, expert in forensic psychology and arson is the winner of the yearly award for arts and science from the Provinciaal Utrechts Genootschap van Kunsten en Wetenschappen. She won this award for her dissertation: Firesetting and firesetters in the Netherlands. Individualization, identification and treatment.

On 13 November, she will receive the award during a festive meeting in University Hall in Utrecht (het Academiegebouw), that is open to the public. Dalhuisens wins an amount of € 2.500 and a medal designed by the Utrecht artist Theo van de Vathorst. Having both obtained a masters degree in Clinical and Health Psychology and one in Criminal Law (cum laude) Dalhuisen obtained her PhD in 2016 with a dissertation on arson and arsonists. Her PhD supervisors were Frans Koenraadt and Ferry de Jong. Her dissertation was published as a book and during the research she also worked on other books, for example one on the treatment of distinguished types of arsonists and one on degrees of criminal accountability. Between 2011 and 2017 she did field research at the Forensic Psychiatric Clinic in Assen next to her job as an assistant professor at Utrecht University.

Jury of the Provinciaal Utrechts Genootschap van Kunsten en Wetenschappen

This year the PUG award was intended for a dissertation coming from the faculty of Law, Economics and Governance or the faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences. In a five year cycle, different fields of arts and sciences are eligible for the PUG Award. This year the jury consisted of: 

  • Dr. Ruud Abma (Social and Behavioural Sciences)
  • Prof. dr. Elaine Mak (Institute of Constitutional, Administrative Law and Legal Theory)
  • Prof. dr. Barbara Vis (Politics & Governance )
  • Prof. dr. Ed Jonker, Foundations and history of historical investigation (chair of the jury)

Geert Corstens lectur before the award

After the laudation, the winner gets the microphone to further explain her research. Prior to the presentation of the PUG award, Prof. dr. Mr. Geert Corstens, former President of the Supreme Court (the Dutch Hoge Raad) will give the autumn lecture. He will speak about the theme: Forgiveness.

The evening is publicly accessible.

It  starts at 20:00 in the Senaatszaal of the University Hall (Academiegebouw) at the Domplein in Utrecht.