Project leader

Cristina DÂMBOEANU is Researcher at the Institute of Sociology of Romanian Academy. In 2010, she got the PhD title in Sociology at the Faculty of Sociology and Social Work, University of Bucharest.

Her main research interests lay in the field of recidivism, corrections, consequences of imprisonment, offenders’ social reintegration. Since May 2013 she is the director of the postdoctoral research project Effects of Imprisonment on Romanian Offenders’ Lives, funded by the Ministry of Education and Research, CNCS-UEFISCDI. In March 2013, she organized the International Workshop on Desistance from Crime and Imprisonment, also with the financial support of the Ministry of Education and Research (CNCS – UEFISCDI), (co-organizer: Prof. Paul Nieuwbeerta - Leiden University, the Netherlands).

She is member of European Society of Criminology Working Group on Prison Life and Effects of Imprisonment (2013-2014) and member of European Sociological Association, Quantitative Methods and Qualitative Methods Research Networks (2014-2015)

Mrs. Dâmboeanu worked previously as sociologist at the National Institute of Criminology, Ministry of Justice (2004-2005). She was member of the experts’ team who evaluated the experimental programs of restorative justice in Bucharest and Craiova (in 2003 and 2004). She is the co-author of 3 books and the author/co-author of several articles and studies published in scientific journals.

Advisor of project leader

Paul NIEUWBEERTA is Professor of Criminology at the Institute of Criminal Law and Criminology, Faculty of Law, Leiden University, the Netherlands; Chief of the Departament of Criminology. Since September 2006, he is Professor of Sociology at Utrecht University, where he teaches about the theoretical and empirical analysis of the effects of criminal interventions. His main research interests lay in the field of life course sociology and criminology, criminal careers, criminal justice interventions, prison sanction.

Between 2000 and 2009, he was senior researcher at the Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement. He is a member of the Editorial Board of: "Homicide Studies" (since 2006), "Journal of Quantitative Criminology" (since 2008), "Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency" (since 2010) and reviewer for: "Criminology", "British Journal of Criminology", "Homicide Studies", "Journal of Experimental Criminology", "Justice Quarterly". He is a member of the European Society of Criminology, the Chair of the European Development and Life Course Criminology Working Group.

Prof. Nieuwbeerta is the author or co-author of several books and chapters of books. He has published over 60 academic articles in the most prestigious international scientific journals in the field: "Criminology", "Journal of Quantitative Criminology", "Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency", "British Journal of Criminology", "Homicide Studies".

Along with Anja Dirkzwager, he is the project manager of the “Prison Project”, a longitudinal research project that explores the effects of imprisonment in The Netherlands (