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Website : http://www.ponsaers.be
Email address : PPonsaers@gmail.com
Cell Phone : 0032 (0)477 72.23.14

Postal address Belgium :
Maisstraat 110 - 9000 Gent - België
Phone : 0032 (0)9 226.43.55


Paul 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.

Afterwards 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’.

Later on he became departmental head of the Police Policy Support Unit. In the beginning at the department of Interior, afterwards 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 monitor.

Since 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 University.

Paul is today founding editor of het quarterly Cahiers Politiestudies and the series Reeks Politiestudies (Maklu).

He 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 writing of a “Sociology of European Police”.


  • November 1976 – September 1983 : Catholic University of Leuven
  • March 1983 – April 1984 : Belgian Committee for UNICEF
  • May 1984 – August  1988 : newspaper De Morgen
  • September 1988 - Januari 1989 : Free University of Amsterdam
  • February 1989 - December 1992 : Ministry of Interior
  • January 1993 - November 1993 : TC Team Consult
  • November 1993 - May 1994 : Cabinet of the Minister of Interior
  • May 1994 - September 1998 : Ministry of Interior
  • January 1994 - September 2012 : Ghent University
  • October 2012 - now : Emeritus Ghent University
Editorial Board Cahiers Politiestudies
Elke Devroe
Hoofdredacteur Cahiers Politiestudies

elke.devroe@vlaamsparlement.be | tel: +32 488 29 33 60
Paul Ponsaers
Algemeen Editor en Redacteur België Cahiers Politiestudies

pponsaers@gmail.com | tel: +32 477 72 23 14
Lodewijk Gunther Moor
Algemeen Editor en Redacteur Nederland Cahiers Politiestudies

lodewijkgunthermoor@yahoo.com | tel: +31 6 48 07 14 42
Consulteer : https://cahierspolitiestudies.eu/