Short bio

Charlotte Colman is a professor in criminology. She teaches amongst others drug policy, criminology of the criminal justice system and sociology of law. Since 2007, she has been conducting and coordinating international, EU and national research projects relating to the different aspects of the drug phenomenon. Her main (research) expertise focuses on drug policy evaluation, drug supply markets including cryptomarkets, alternatives to punishment and evolutions in criminal and drug using careers.

Work details

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  • Drug policy
  • Drug markets
  • Recovery and desistance

Selected projects

  • 2019-2023 – Coordinator “Synthetic drug production in Belgium: network analysis and economic analysis”, Ghent University
  • 2019-2020 – Coordinator “From the alley to the web. The rise of illicit drug trade on cryptomarkets and the involvement of Belgian buyers and vendors” (CRYPTODRUG) Federal Science Policy 
  • 2019-2022 – Coordinator “The evaluation of Belgian drug policy” (EVADRUG), Federal Science Policy 
  •  2019 – Coordinator “Evaluation of the plan to tackle cocaine trafficking through the Port of Antwerp”, City of Antwerp
  • 2017-2020 – Postdoctoral research “Recovery capital in desistance and recovery: personal, social and community capital among offenders who misuse drugs”, FWO 
  • 2016-2018 – Coordinator “The displacement of illicit drug markets from the Netherlands to Belgium: perception or reality?” (DISMARK) Federal Science Policy