Ponsaers (°13th of March 1952) graduated in Sociology and has a doctoral
degree in Criminology. He started his scientific career as assistant
professor at the University of Leuven (KULeuven) of the late prof. dr. Lode
Van Outrive. During this period he was especially engaged in research on
terrorism. His doctoral thesis was on the labour inspectorate in Belgium.
he started for a period of five years as journalist for the daily newspaper
De Morgen, where he was mostly involved in research on extreme right-wing
violence and the so-called ‘gang of Nivelles’.
he became departmental head of the Police Policy Support Unit. In the
beginning at the department of Interior and later on at the General Police
Support Service for ten years. This is where he set up several broad research
projects as the development of registered crime statistics and the security
1998 to 2012, Paul was working at Ghent University, at the department of
Penal Law and Criminology, where he set up the research unit on Urban Crime
and Policing (UCP). He was teaching ‘Police Sciences’, ‘Sociology of Law’ and
‘Methods and Techniques of Criminological Research’. Since 2012 he is
emeritus professor and still member of the staff of the department at Ghent
today president of the Centre for Policing and Security (CPS) and founding
editor of het quarterly Cahiers Politiestudies and the series Reeks
is member of the steering Group of the international GERN network (‘Groupe
Européen de Recherche sur les Normativités’, Paris). He animates the annual Summer
School organised by GERN for PhD
Paul is chairman of the international Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) of the NSCR (Nederlands Studiecentrum Criminaliteit en Rechtshandhaving), Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
is still active in a number of editorial boards, e.g. in the board of the
journal ‘Panopticon’ (Maklu) and of the international series ‘Het Groene Gras’(Boom - Eleven).
published an important number of articles and papers in national and
international journals and books concerning p
olicing, financial and economic crime, crime analysis and security
policy. For the moment he concentrates on the project “Policing European