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Thom Snaphaan is PhD researcher at the Department of Criminology, Criminal Law and Social Law at Ghent University. He is member of the Institute for International Research on Criminal Policy (IRCP) since January 2018, as well as member of the knowledge and research platform Privacy, Information Exchange, Law Enforcement and Security (PIXLES) since its foundation in 2018. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Integral Safety and Security Management (Avans University of Applied Sciences) and a master’s degree in safety sciences (University of Antwerp). His current research interests are new and emerging data sources (big data), (quantitative) research methods, artificial intelligence and environmental criminology. With his PhD research, he explores the use of new and emerging data sources within environmental criminology from an epistemological and methodological perspective. Thom combines his PhD research with a full time position as senior researcher at Avans University of Applied Sciences.

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  • Environmental criminology
  • Big data
  • (Quantitative) research methodology

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  • 2018-present – PhD research ‘Does environmental criminology need big data?’ (working title)
  • 2018-present – Social Capital and Neighborhoods