Elke Devroe (1963) has a master in criminology (cum laude, 1988, KULeuven) and started her scientific career as researcher at the University of Louvain, where she conducted research on police and crime statistics. She continued this scientific project within the Research & Development Division of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (1989-1998), later within the Flemish Government division Science & Innovation (1998-2000), and later within the Ministry of Justice (2000-2012), where she was Head of the Division Research & Development of the Unit of Criminal Policy.
Elke Devroe (1963) has a master in criminology (cum laude, 1988, KULeuven) and started her scientific career as researcher at the University of Louvain, where she conducted research on police and crime statistics. She continued scientific projects within the Research & Development Division of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (1989-1998), later within the Flemish Government division Science & Innovation (1998-2000), and later within the Ministry of Justice (2000-2012), where she was Head of the Division Research & Development of the Unit of Criminal Policy.
From 1999 till 2007 she taught 'criminal policy' in the master of criminology and crime statistics in the bachelor at the Free University of Brussels. From 2009 till 2012 she was member of the research group 'Social Security Analysis’ at Ghent University, and member of the staff of ‘The Netherlands Institute For the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement’ (Amsterdam) where she completed her PHD.
From 2012 till 2013 she was associate professor at Faculty of Law & Criminology, Leiden University, where she developed and taught the courses ‘Legitimacy, Effectiveness & Accountability’ and ‘Actors in a comparative perspective’ in the (new) international master ‘Criminal Justice’. At the moment, she teaches in the international master ‘Crisis en Security Management’ (CSM), at the Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs, Public Administration, Leiden University, the courses ‘Governance of crime and social disorder’, ‘Evidence-based policing’ and ‘Researching crisis and security’.
She is president of the exam commission of the Institute of Public Administration. She is editor-in-chief of the Belgian-Dutch Journal Cahiers Politiestudies (Maklu) and editorial staff member of Panopticon (Maklu), Het Groene Gras (Boom Juridische uitgevers), Handboek politiediensten (Kluwer) en Reeks Politiestudies (Maklu). Member of the editorial board of the international Journals the European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research and Forensic Research & Criminology International Journal.
She is member of the Board of Directors of the Centre of Policing and Security and she taught for more than 20 years the course ‘community policy’ in the Police Academy (Ghent). She is member of the Campbell steering committee and sits in the following international working groups : ‘Policing’ of the 'European Society of Criminology’, 'International Research Network on Law and Anti-social Behaviour’ and ‘Kenniskring gebiedsgebonden politie’ of the National Police Academy in Apeldoorn [Dutch only].
Specific research interest for plural policing and maintenance of ‘urban crime en social disorder’ in the public domain. Her PHD “A Swelling Culture of Control? The genesis and implementation of the incivility act in Belgium” framed the incivility theme within the theoretical background of the ‘Culture of Control’ (D. Garland) (public defense on May, 29 2012 Free University Amsterdam). At the moment she conducts research on plural policing and the sociology of control from a regime theoretical perspective within big metropolises in Europa, the ‘International Policing European metropolises Project’ (PEMP) with 9 different EU countries. She also conducts research on oversight on police, public prosecution and courts in the Netherlands, assigned by the WODC. Research interests are the sociology of control in public space in big cities, crime and disorder maintenance, the sociology of the public police and plural policing. On the topic of the relation between scientific research and policy, she wrote 2 books.
Personal webpage: www.elkedevroe.be
- Lid van de Kenniskring Gebiedsgebonden politie - Politie-academie Apeldoorn
- Lid van de Raad van Bestuur Centrum Politiestudies vzw
- Lid van de stuurgroep Campbell Collaboration België
- Stichtend lid van de Vlaamse Vereniging voor Criminologie (VVC)
- Lid van de Working Group 'Policing' binnen de European Society of Criminology
- Member of the European Society of Criminology
- Member of the International research network on Law and Anti-social behavior"
- Hoofdredacteur Cahiers Politiestudies
- Lid van de redactieraad 'Het Groene gras' Boom Lemma Uitgevers Den Haag
- Lid van de redactie 'European Journal of Police Studies'
- Lid van de redactie 'Criminografische Basisinformatie' Panopticon
- Lid van de editorial board 'Reeks Politiestudies'
- Lid van de redactie van 'Orde van de Dag' Kluwer uitgeverij