Staff

Tom Decorte Julie Tieberghien Marieke VlaemynckCharlotte De KockMafalda Pardal Frédérique Bawin Michelle Van Impe

Olga Petintseva

Tom Decorte

Tom Decorte_03Prof. dr. Tom Decorte Prof. Dr. Tom Decorte (°26/08/1969) obtained a Master's degree in Criminology (Catholic University of Leuven, 1992) and the Qualified Teacher's Degree for Secondary Education (Catholic University of Leuven, 1993). He also studied theatre sciences and obtained the Special Certificate in Social and Cultural Anthropology (Catholic University of Leuven, 1994).
From 1992 to 1998 Tom Decorte was member of the research group Police and Judicial Organization (director: Prof. Dr. Em. Lode Van Outrive), at the Department of Penal Law, Penal Procedure and Criminology at the Catholic University of Leuven. At first he was teaching assistant, and from 1994 to 1995 he was a fulltime research fellow, working on two studies on private policing and fundamental civil rights.
From 1996 to 1998 he worked on an ethnographic study among cocaine users in Antwerp, that would become the basis for his doctoral dissertation in criminology, titled 'Informal control mechanisms among cocaine and crack users in the metropolitan area of Antwerp (Belgium)' (Catholic University of Leuven, 1999). Supervisors were Prof. Dr. Em. Lode van Outrive en Prof. Dr. Joris Casselman. Tom Decorte attended specialized training courses for drug researchers in Zürich (European Addiction Training Institute, 1996) and Aarhus (Nordic Council for Alcohol and Drug Research, 1998).
Since October, 1st 2000 Tom Decorte is appointed professor in the field of criminology, at the Department of Criminology, Penal Law and Social Law of the Faculty of Law, University of Ghent. In September 2002 he founded the Institute for Social Drug Research (ISD), a research group that wants to play a prominent part in the social scientific collection and transfer of knowledge regarding different aspects of the use of drugs, drug trafficking and drug policies from a social scientific perspective and a social commitment. Apart from active participation in European and international networks, professor Decorte often gives lectures on different aspects of the drug phenomenon at national and international conferences, guest lectures at Belgian universities, and presentations in schools and other organizations.
He is currently teaching courses in ‘Qualitative Criminological Methods’ (2nd bachelor), ‘Drug phenomena’ (3rd bachelor, partim), ‘Selected issues: drug policy' (Master, partim), 'Selected Issues: Critical Criminology and the Criminal Justice System I and II' (3rd bachelor and Master) and four courses in the Qualified Teacher's Degree for Secondary Education: ‘Teaching Methodology I’, ‘Teaching Methodology II’, ‘Teaching Methodology: practically-oriented seminars’ and the ‘Work placement’.

Here you can find an overview of his publications in the academic bibliography of UGent. The full-text of the publications is available from 2010 on.

Contact

+32 (0)9 264 69 62
Tom.Decorte@UGent.be

Julie Tieberghien

Julie TieberghienJulie Tieberghien (°19/12/1984) has a Master's Degree in Criminology (Ghent University, 2006). In her dissertation she explored the manifestation of the phenomenon 'organ trade' on the internet. Since 1 February 2007, Julie Tieberghien is a researcher at the Institute for Social Drug Research (ISD). Until August 31th 2007, she has been working on a study concerning the development of a community-based drug monitoring system in the city Antwerp. From October, 1st 2007 until November, 30th 2008 she has been working on a feasibility study about a recurring survey on drug use in the general population (HARPA). From January 1st until December 31st, she was a half-time teaching assistant at the Department of Penal law and Criminology. During that period, she also has been working on a youth monitor in the city of Antwerp (AMYAD). Since January 1st 2009 she is a full-time teaching assistant at the Department of Criminology, Penal Law and Social Law. On August 31th 2015 she successfully defended her Ph.D. entiteld: ‘The intersection between science and policy: the case of the development of Belgian drug policy between 1996 and 2003’. Currently, she is a co-lecturer of the course 'Qualitative Criminological Methods’ (2nd bachelor) and a postdoctoral fellow of FWO, on the project '(Il)legal drugs and social media: framing and agenda-setting through Twitter'.

Here you can find an overview of her publications in the academic bibliography of UGent. The full-text of the publications is available from 2010 on.

Contact

+32 (0)9 264 84 63

Julie.Tieberghien@UGent.be

Marieke Vlaemynck

Marieke VlaemynckMarieke Vlaemynck (°28/10/1985) obtained her Master’s degree in Criminology at the Catholic University of Leuven in 2008. During her education, she did work placement at the NGO Community Peace Programme (Cape Town, South Africa) and was coached by Prof. Dr. Clifford Shearing. For her Master’s thesis, she researched the perspective of peacemaking criminology and she analysed its link with the concept peace building. In 2009, she obtained a teaching certificate in Criminology. As a research assistant at the Catholic University of Leuven, she studied the experiences of people imposed with community service from 26 November 2008 to 30 November 2009. In 2010 and 2011, she worked at the Leuven Institute of Criminology as teaching assistant. Since 1 February 2012, Marieke Vlaemynck is a researcher at the Institute for Social Drug Research (ISD). During that period, she has been working on the project 'Drugmonitor Turnhout'. On October 19th 2016, she successfully defended her PhD 'Disentangling  social supply: a personal network study into the social world of cannabis use and its supply'. Currently, she works on the project 'Assessment of alternative models of regulation of alcohol marketing in Belgium'.

Here you can find an overview of her publications in the academic bibliography of UGent. The full-text of the publications is available from 2010 on.

Contact

+32 (0)9 264 84 63
Marieke.Vlaemynck@UGent.be

Charlotte De Kock

Charlotte De KockCharlotte De Kock (°05/11/1986) obtained a master’s degree in Cultural Studies at the University of Lisbon, where she graduated with the greatest distinction. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in African Studies and a minor in Political Sciences.
Since 2009, she has been involved in CityDep, which belongs to the Technical University of Lisbon and mainly focuses on creating means of participatory democracy. From 2010 to 2014, she was an academic staff member at the Faculty of Education, Health and Social Work, Expertise Centre Mix!t at University College Ghent, where she has initiated and executed several practice-based research and other projects related to marriage migration in the Turkish community in Ghent, the perception of rites of passage in East Flemish migrant communities, integration, segregation in education and elderly people from ethnic-cultural minorities in the health care sector. From October 2013 to January 2015, she assisted in coaching the practical philosophy courses in the bachelor programme of Social Work at University College Ghent.
She worked as a full time researcher at ISD between February 2015 and June 2016. She performed the BELSPO research project ‘Patterns of drug use among ethnic-cultural minorities’, focusing particularly on the Turkish community in Ghent, according to a community-based participatory research model.

Here you can find an overview of her publications in the academic bibliography of UGent. The full-text of the publications is available from 2010 on.

Contact

+32 (0)9 264 84 50
Charlotte.Dekock@UGent.be

Mafalda Pardal

Mafalda PardalMafalda Pardal (°30/09/1987) is a PhD-candidate and researcher at the Institute for Social Drug Research (ISD), where she is working on a FWO project examining Cannabis Social Clubs in Belgium.

She holds a M.Sc. in Criminology (cum laude) from the Catholic University of Leuven and a B.A. in Law from the University of Coimbra (Portugal). Her master dissertation explored the supply reduction policy of a number of European countries, drawing primarily on a review of the National Drug Strategies and key informant interviews. During the final stage of her master studies, Ms. Pardal integrated the research team of the New Methodological Tools for Policy and Programme Evaluation project, under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Letizia Paoli at the Leuven Institute of Criminology (LINC) from the Catholic University of Leuven.

Prior to joining the ISD in March 2015, Ms. Pardal was an analyst at RAND Europe. Her previous research examined transnational criminal networks’ movement across markets, and assessed the impact of the Council Framework Decision (2008/841/JHA) and other relevant EU and national legislation in tackling organised crime. She has conducted work developing a framework to estimate the cost of opioid dependence. She co-authored a ‘Multinational overview of cannabis production regimes’, which describes, among others, the case of Cannabis Social Clubs in Spain, and the Uruguayan legislative reform. Ms. Pardal has recently finished a study exploring how cocaine and heroin dealers in Italy, Slovenia and Germany enter the market, organise their dealing operations and manage customers, suppliers, risks, profits and costs.

While her main focus of interest lies on the study of illicit markets, and on drug policy in particular, Mafalda Pardal has also undertaken research in the area of migration and intolerance. She has experience in qualitative data collection and analysis.

Here you can find an overview of her publications in the academic bibliography of UGent. The full-text of the publications is available from 2010 on.

Contact

+32 (0)9 264 84 51
Mafalda.Pardal@UGent.be

Frédérique Bawin

Frédérique BawinFrédérique Bawin (°27/11/1992) obtained a Master’s degree in Criminology (greatest distinction) at the University of Ghent in 2015. For her master’s thesis she performed a study which explored environmental justice in Belgium.

Since 2015, Frédérique is active as a PhD student at the research group ISD, where she works on the theme medicinal cannabis. Her PhD project focuses on self-reported medicinal cannabis use in Flanders with particular attention to user profiles and patterns of medicinal use.

Here you can find an overview of her publications in the academic bibliography of UGent. The full-text of the publications is available from 2010 on.

Contact

+32 (0)9 264 84 51

Michelle Van Impe

Michelle Van Impe (°24/08/1991) obtained in 2015 a Master’s degree in Criminology (Ghent University) with great distinction. Michelle Van ImpeFor her master dissertation, she performed a study which focused on experiences of victims of intimate partner violence in relation to their work situation.

In 2016, she was active as a scientific researcher at the International Center for Reproductive Health within the Department of Uro-gynaecology (Ghent University), where she was involved in a feasibility study concerning the development of Care Centers for victims of sexual violence in Belgium.

She joined the Institute for Social Drug Research in November 2016 and works as a part-time teaching-assistant within the Department of Criminology, Criminal Law and Social Law, where she provides support for the course 'Qualitative Criminological Methods’. Furthermore, she works for the Flemish Centre of expertise on alcohol, illicit drugs, psychoactive drugs, gambling and gaming, where she’s involved in the development of an instrument to assist health care providers in approaching alcohol consumption during pregnancy.

In August 2017, she will start as a PhD student and study identity constructions of integrated cannabis users, with particular attention to the interaction between users' narratives and local drug policy discourses.

Contact

+32 (0)9 264 84 51

 

Olga Petintseva

Olga PetintsevaOlga Petintseva (°12/12/1985) is a criminologist (master’s degree obtained in 2009). She has previously worked for the Civic Integration. Her research interest is located at the intersection of critical criminology, migration studies and linguistics. Olga’s doctoral dissertation, titled ‘Perspectives on ‘new’ migrants in youth justice. Constitutions, circularity and effects of institutional discourses on Roma and Caucasian youth’ focused on the ‘new’ migration – youth justice nexus, approached through a discursive lens. Her research attention goes to how migration impacts or becomes centred out in ‘domestic’ institutions, which are not structurally accustomed to mobility and diversity (e.g. criminal justice administration). Olga’s research speaks to debates about interactions and expectations in institutional contexts and common-sensualised discriminatory or otherwise harmful practices therein. Her goal is to better understand how definitions of ‘deviancy,’ ‘normality,’ ‘otherness,’ are mediated through language and cultural norms. Olga is involved in scholarly networks and courses concerning (qualitative) research and methods, theoretical, critical, cultural and narrative criminology. She is also one of the promotors of CESSMIR (Centre of the Social Study of Migration and Refugees).

Between October 1, 2010 and September 30, 2016 she was a teaching assistant at the Department of Criminology, Criminal Law and Social Law. During this period, she was involved in the courses Criminology, Critical criminology, Methods of criminological research: Research design and data collection, Financial and economic crime, etc. Since October 1, 2016 Olga is appointed as a doctor-assistant. She is a co-lecturer of the course Critical criminology and criminal justice.

An overview of her publications is to be found in the academic bibliography of Ghent University. The full-text of the publications is available from 2010 on.

Contact

+32 (0)9 264 97 04