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Gijs Custers is an assistant professor at the Department of Law, Society and Crime of the Erasmus University Rotterdam.

He is currently developing the following lines of research:

1) the relation between youth's criminal behaviour and educational performance

2) the recruitment process of youth into criminal organisations and how this process relates to criminal careers

Gijs further investigates what the effects of social policy are on educational mobility. In particular, he examines what the contribution of the National Program Rotterdam South (NPRZ), one of the largest urban policies in Dutch history, is in improving educational outcomes in Rotterdam.

His previous work includes studies of social inequality in social class, gentrification, neighbourhood effects and citizen participation.

Gijs is experienced in applying quantitative methods (including multilevel modelling, latent class analysis and GIS) and qualitative methods.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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