Judith van Erp – Professor of Public Institutions

Judith van Erp
Prof. Judith van Erp

Prof. Judith van Erp holds the new designated chair ‘Public Institutions’ since 1 April 2015. The designated chair is part of Utrecht University's strategic theme of 'Institutions' at the Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance at Utrecht University. Van Erp will be engaged primarily within the research pillar of Institutions for Democratic Governance, Citizenship and Trust.

As professor she will be researching cooperation between public and private supervisory bodies in preventing and combating complex forms of crime and unethical behaviour in institutional settings. Her research will focus primarily on the interaction between laws and regulations, as well as on social control mechanisms in the public arena, such as media reporting, the public disclosure of sanctions and crime detection aided by the Internet and citizens.

Van Erp has published extensively on the subjects of media and supervision, in particular on 'naming and shaming' and the role of reputation as a supervisory mechanism. She has also carried out contract research for a range of supervisory bodies, and on subjects including administrator liability, billing fraud in the healthcare system and the effectiveness of the Dutch television programme Opsporing Verzocht, in which the police appeal to the public to help solve specific crimes. She also chairs two international research networks in the field of regulation, governance and corporate crime. 

From EUR to Utrecht University

Judith van Erp is currently still working as associate professor of Criminology at the Erasmus School of Law in Rotterdam, focussing on public and private supervision of corporate crime. In Rotterdam her teaching addresses the effectiveness of punishment and corporate crime. She is a regular guest lecturer at postdoctoral programmes and she is the programme leader of the Security and Supervision research programme. She will transfer to Utrecht University on 1 April 2015.

Van Erp studied Public Administration at the University of Twente and received her doctorate in Public Administration from VU University Amsterdam in 2002. Having obtained her PhD, she worked as a policy researcher with B&A Group and the Research and Documentation Centre (WODC) of the Netherlands Ministry of Security and Justice. She left WODC to return to science in on a Veni scholarship 2007.