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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

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. Furthermore, she's involved in two European projects concerning a 'Comparative analysis of cannabis regulation models in Europe' and 'Cannabis self regulation in a harm reduction perspective'.

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.

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+32 (0)9 264 84 51

Marthe Ongenaert Marthe Ongenaert

Marthe Ongenaert (°07/09/1996) obtained in 2018 a Master’s degree in Criminology (Ghent University) with great distinction. For her master dissertation, she performed a study which explored the informal and illegal employment of asylum seekers in Flanders.

Since 2018, Marthe is active as a teaching assistant at the Department of Criminology, Penal Law and Social Law. She is involved in the courses qualitative research methods and techniques, drug phenomena, drug policy and critical criminology.

Contact

+32 (0)9 264 84 63

 Herman WolfHerman Wolf

Herman Wolf (°02/06/1961) obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Dutch, English and History (Pius X, 1985) and a Master’s degree in Criminology (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, 2004). In his dissertation he explored the added value of public and private partnerships for employment projects aimed at people who experience difficulties in finding a job. Furthermore, Wolf is a fiction and non-fiction writer.

Wolf has an extensive experience in the field. Initially, he worked as an executive for the Sleutel vzw and co-developed accessible actions aimed at drug users in Antwerp. In this same period, he functioned as one of the architects of organized outreach work in Flanders and Brussels and as co-founder/coordinator of Vlastrov vzw (Vlaams straakhoekwerk Overleg). For JeS vzw, he afterwards coordinated the startup and activities for the city youth center De Branderij in Borgerhout. Furthermore, he founded Instant A, a public-private employment mediation organization specified for vulnerable groups , of which he acted as director for ten years. In the following period, he held an intermediary position as managing director within adult education.

Currently, Herman Wolf is a teaching-assistant within the Department of Criminology, Criminal Law and Social Law. For several years now, he is also a teacher at the Karel de Grote-hogeschool within the study field of social work.

Relevant criminological creations:

  • SMACK! (theater play, Fakkeltheater Antwerpen (1993), Théâtre de Poche Brussel (1994));
  • Drugs en Gebruik – duidelijke antwoorden op uw vragen (co-author, Icarus/Standaard uitgeverij, 1994, 1995, 1998);
  • Straathoekwerk: een algemene inleiding (Standaard uitgeverij, 1997);
  • Gettoblaster! (co-author, Manteau, 1999);
  • Het spanningsveld bij de aanpak van de criminaliteit in steden: over vertrouwensagenten en straathoekwerkers met een wapenstok (Panopticon, 1999)
  • GHB! (Theater play, Raamtheater Antwerpen, 2005)
  • Mijn land!Mijn land! De Chocoprince van Tsuide (theater play, ’t Arsenaal Mechelen, 2013)

Contact

+32 (0)9 264 84 63

Ruben Kramer (°28/08/1989) obtained a Master’s degree in Criminology (Ghent University, 2017) with great distinction. During his master dissertation, he studied the notion of culture among professionals within the Belgium child protection, concerning cases of children with a migrant background in a disturbing parenting situation.

Since December 2017, he operates as scientific assistant at the Institute for Social Drug Research (ISD). Under the supervision of Prof. dr. Tom Decorte, Ruben works on the project ‘Assessment of alternative models of regulation of alcohol marketing in Belgium’ and he is involved in a ‘Comparative analysis of cannabis regulation models in Europe’ and a research project concerning 'Cannabis self regulation in a harm reduction perspective'.

Contact

+32 (0)9 264 84 50

Ruben.Kramer@UGent.be

Charlotte De KockCharlotte De Kock

Charlotte De Kock (°05/11/1986) holds a master in Cultural Studies (Lisbon University, greatest distinction), a bachelor in African Studies and a minor in Political Sciences. From 2010 to 2014, she was a researcher at the Faculty of Education, Health and Social Work (Ghent University College Ghent) where she has initiated and finalised several practice-based and policy oriented research and other projects related to marital migration, rites of passage in migrant communities, migrant societal integration, segregation in education and elderly with a migration background in the health care sector.

Financed by the Belgian Federal Science Policy Office (BELSPO), she conducted the research projects ‘Patterns of drug use among ethnic-cultural minorities’ (PADUMI) (2015-2016) and ‘social prevention of druggerelated crime’ (SOCPREV) (2017-2018). In 2018 she initiated a PhD at the Institute for Social Drug Research (ISD) about the the accessibility of substance use services for migrants and ethnic minorities, a research area in which she has published several articles during the last couple of years. 

Here you can find an overview of her publications in the academic bibliography of UGent.

Contact

Charlotte.Dekock@UGent.be

Julie Tieberghien

Julie Tieberghien (°19/12/1984) was a member of the ISD from 2007 until 2017. Since October 1st 2017, she is a voluntary postdoctoral research fellow.

Julie Tieberghien Julie 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.

Activities within ISD

Between Februari 2007 and August 31th 2007, she worked 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 worked 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 worked on a youth monitor in the city of Antwerp (AMYAD). Since January 1st 2009 she was 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’. Between October, 1st 2016 and September, 30th 2017, she was a co-lecturer of the course 'Qualitative Criminological Methods’ (2nd bachelor) and a postdoctoral fellow 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

Julie.Tieberghien@UGent.be

Steven Debbaut

Steven DebbautSteven Debbaut obtained a bachelor's degree in social work (Karel de Grote University College, 1996) and a master's degree in Criminological Sciences (University of Ghent, 1999). For his dissertation, he conducted research into religious experiences in the Belgian prison system.

He started his career as a drug counsellor (De Sleutel) and as a supervisor of young people who committed 'offences described as crimes' (Elegast). Thereafter, he focused on Social - Economic Policy: first as director of 'Steunpunt Tewerkstelling' to guide newcomers and low-skilled people to work, and then as director of RESOC Mechelen to stimulate socio - economic development of the region along with social partners and political authorities. As of 2010, he was active at the Karel de Grote University College, he taught, among other things, about social justice and influencing policy in the bachelor program of Social Work and he also drew up a refugee policy for the University College. As of 2014, he combined the activities at the University College with the coordination of 'A School Called Tribe': a music education ('jazz meets hiphop') activity in Ghent and Antwerp which he founded himself.

Activities within ISD

Since February 2019 he is a PhD student at the ISD. He prepares a dissertation on self-legitimation of police officers in light of policing illicit drug users.

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