Conference on the Human Factor in Cybercrime

After a successful first edition, we are proud to announce the 2nd Annual Conference on the Human Factor in Cybercrime.

Date: 16-18 October 2019 (including a social program)
Location: The Netherlands, Amsterdam area, Castle Oud-Poelgeest

The call for abstracts is now online, see below. Deadline abstract: May 31, 2019.

Human factor in Cybercrime

The focus of this conference will be on scientific research regarding human factors in cybercrime. Scholars, researchers and practitioners from all disciplines are invited to propose papers in the format detailed below. All substantive thematic areas of human factors in cybercrime will be considered, including: different types of cybercrime (trespass, fraud, pornography, child sexual exploitation, cyberviolence, etcetera), causes of cybercrime, the impact of victimization, regulations and enforcement, etcetera. We welcome submissions from various disciplines, using a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches. Participating in the conference will offer an opportunity to present cutting-edge research, introduce new projects and thought-provoking initiatives. 

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Download the call for abstracts

All participants are required to submit an abstract and full paper. We aim to publish the papers in a special issue of the European Journal of Criminology or other suitable journal. Please refer to the website of the European Journal of Criminology for author guidelines.

Deadline abstract: May 31, 2019
Deadline full paper: October 1, 2019

Abstracts and personal details (name, affiliation, and email) should be submitted to the Academic Committee through the abstract submission form. The comprehensive abstracts of 300-500 words should be structured with the following sub-headings: 

  • Background and purpose of the research 
  • Methodology
  • Results
  • Conclusion/discussion 
  • 5-6 keywords

As all presented papers have to be submitted as full papers by October 1st, the presentations should be about completed research. Participants who present a paper will also be able to discuss their ongoing research during several roundtable discussions and pitch panels that will be organized during the conference. In addition to these paper presentations and panels, the conference will also include keynotes and a social program. Details will be announced later.

For questions, please contact the organizing committee

The program will be published soon.

The conference venue and hotel will be Castle Oud-Poelgeest, which is easy to reach from Schiphol/Amsterdam airport. Participation in the conference will cost around 100 euro’s, this includes lunch, dinner, the social program and hotel costs.

More details will be announced later. 

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The conference is co-organized by VU Amsterdam, the Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement (NSCR) and the Hague University of Applied Sciences. The international organizing committee consists of:

Marleen Weulen Kranenbarg
Dr. Marleen Weulen Kranenbarg is an assistant professor at the Vrije Universiteit (VU) Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Her research mostly focuses on cyber-dependent offenders. In her doctoral dissertation she empirically compared traditional offenders to cyber-offenders on four important domains in criminology: 1. offending over the life-course, 2. personal and situational risk factors for offending and victimization, 3. similarity in deviance in the social network, and 4. motivations related to different offense clusters. She recently started a large-scale longitudinal study into actual vs. perceived cybercriminal behaviour of offline vs. online social ties among youth. Marleen is also a research fellow of the NSCR (Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement), board member of the ESC Cybercrime Working Group, and part of the steering committee of the IIRCC (International Interdisciplinary Research Consortium on Cybercrime).


Rutger Leukfeldt
Dr. Rutger Leukfeldt is senior researcher and the cybercrime cluster coordinator at the Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement (NSCR). Furthermore, Rutger is director of the Cybersecurity & SMEs Research Center of the Hague University of Applied Sciences. Over the last decade, Rutger worked on a number of cybercrime studies for the Dutch government and private companies. Examples include studies into the modus operandi and characteristics of cybercriminals, a nation-wide cybercrime victim survey and a study into the organization of Dutch law enforcement agencies responsible for the fight against cybercrime. His PhD-thesis was about the origin and growth processes of cybercriminal networks. In 2015, Rutger received a Marie Curie Individual Fellowship (EU grant for promising researchers) to study the changing organization of organized crime due to the use of Information Technology. In 2017, Rutger received a Veni grant (Dutch grant for highly promising researchers) to carry out a study into the online and offline pathways into cybercriminal networks. Rutger is currently the chair of the Cybercrime Working Group of the European Society of Criminology (ESC) and member of the International Interdisciplinary Research Consortium on Cybercrime (IIRCC).


Benoit Dupont
Prof. Benoit Dupont is professor of criminology at the Université de Montréal, where he holds the Canada Research Chair in Cybersecurity and the Research Chair for the Prevention of Cybercrime. He is also the Scientific Director of the Smart Cybersecurity Network (SERENE-RISC), one of Canada’s Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE). His research interests focus on the governance of security and the use of networked initiatives to enhance offline and online safety, as well as the coevolution of crime and technology, and in particular the social organization of the hacking ecosystem, as well as the evaluation of effective and efficient cybercrime prevention policies.


Thomas J. Holt
Prof. Thomas J. Holt is a professor in the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University whose research focuses on cybercrime and cyberterrorism.  His work has been published in a range of outlets, including British Journal of Criminology, Crime & Delinquency, Deviant Behavior, and the Journal of Criminal Justice.  He is also the  director of the International Interdisciplinary Research Consortium on Cybercrime, and a fellow in the cybercrime cluster at the NSCR.


Tamar Berenblum
Dr. Tamar Berenblum is the research director of the The Federmann Cyber Security Center – Cyber Law Program, Faculty of Law, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. Tamar is a Post-Doc Research Fellow at the Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement (NSCR), Netherlands, Rachel and Selim Benin School of Computer Science and Engineering, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel and at The Center for Cyber Law & Policy at the Haifa University (CCLP). Tamar's research interests include victimology, sociology of knowledge, cybercrime, online social control and digital rights. Her Doctoral thesis at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel titled "The Internet as a Sphere of Social Control" examines the internet both as a sphere for social control and as a tool for such control over deviant activities. The study focuses on mapping and analyzing online social control practices and the applicability of social control theories and policies in the context of cyberspace.