Dr Soenita Ganpat

Soenita-Ganpat

Position: Lecturer in Criminology

College: College of Business, Law and Social Sciences

Department: Criminology

Subject area: Criminology

Research Centre: International Policing & Justice Institute

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About

I am a Lecturer in Criminology. My specialism is homicide.

Prior to joining the team, I worked at Nottingham Trent University, Loughborough University, Leiden University, Erasmus University Rotterdam and IVO Addiction Research Institute in the Netherlands. I gained my doctorate in Criminology at Leiden University where I examined violence, with a focus on homicide. My PhD research focused on the role of personal characteristics and immediate situational factors on lethal vs. non-lethal outcomes of violent events. My research interests include homicide, interaction between offender-victim-third parties, personal characteristics of offenders and victims, immediate situational factors (e.g., alcohol use, weapon use, presence of bystanders, and time and location) and quantitative research methods.

I was one of the founders and researchers of the European Homicide Monitor, to create the first joint database on homicide in Europe. This international project was funded by the European Union.

I also maintained and further expanded the Dutch Homicide Monitor; a statistical database to provide the most reliable overview of homicide in the Netherlands. I am member of the European Homicide Research Group, international reviewer for research proposals submitted to funding bodies and peer reviewer of a range of academic journals.

Teaching responsibilities

  • Murder: Dynamics, Pathologies, & Investigation;
  • Criminology: Theory and Practice;
  • Gender, Crime and Violence;
  • Penology

Professional interests

Homicide, interaction between offender-victim-third parties, personal characteristics of offenders and victims, immediate situational factors (e.g., alcohol use, weapon use, presence of bystanders, and time and location) and quantitative research methods

Research interests

Homicide, interaction between offender-victim-third parties, personal characteristics of offenders and victims, immediate situational factors (e.g., alcohol use, weapon use, presence of bystanders, and time and location) and quantitative research methods

Membership of professional bodies

  • Member of the European Homicide Research Working Group
  • Member of the American Society of Criminology

Qualifications

  • PhD
  • Certificate University Teaching Qualification

Recent publications

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

  • Garius, G., Tseloni, A., & Ganpat, S.M. (In press). A Woman Walks into a Bar: The Impact of Patron Age and Gender Composition on Opportunities for Violence. Significance.
  • Ganpat, S.M., Van der Leun, J.P., & Nieuwbeerta, P. (2017). Violence unfolding. An exploration of the interaction sequence in lethal and non-lethal violent eventsPsychology & Psychological Research International Journal, 2(3): 000127.
  • Ganpat, S.M., Van der Leun, J.P., & Nieuwbeerta, P. (2015). The relationship between a person’s criminal history, immediate situational factors and lethal versus non-lethal events. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. DOI: 10.1177/0886260515593297
  • Ganpat, S.M., Liem, M.C.A., Van der Leun, J.P., & Nieuwbeerta, P. (2014). The influence of criminal history on the likelihood of committing lethal versus nonlethal violence. Homicide Studies, 18, 221-240.
  • Ganpat, S.M., Van der Leun, J.P., & Nieuwbeerta, P. (2013). The influence of event characteristics and actors’ behaviour on the outcome of violent events: comparing lethal with non-lethal events. British Journal of Criminology, 53, 685-704.
  • Ganpat, S.M., Van der Leun, J.P., & Nieuwbeerta, P. (2013). Dead or alive? De invloed van incidentkenmerken en gedragingen van actoren op fatale versus niet-fatale uitkomsten van geweld [Dead or alive. The influence of event characteristics and actors’ behaviour on lethal vs. nonlethal outcomes of violence]. Tijdschrift voor Criminologie, 55, 259-277.
  • Liem, M.C.A., Ganpat, S.M & Granath, S., Hagstedt, J., Kivivuori, J., Lehti, M., & Nieuwbeerta, P. (2013). Homicide in Finland, the Netherlands and Sweden. First findings from the European Homicide Monitor. Homicide Studies, 17, 75-95.

Book (Chapters)

  • Ganpat, S.M. (2017). Comparing characteristics of homicides in Finland, the Netherlands and Sweden. In F. Brookman, E.R Maguire, & M. Maguire (Eds), Handbook on Homicide (pp. 308-319), Wiley-Blackwell: Oxford.
  • Ganpat, S.M. (2014). Dead or Alive? The role of personal characteristics and immediate situational factors in the outcome of serious violence. PhD thesis, Leiden University.
  • Ganpat, S.M. & Liem, M.C.A. (2012). Homicide in the Netherlands. In M.C.A Liem & W.A. Pridemore (Eds.), Handbook of European Homicide Research: Patterns, Explanations, and Country Studies (pp. 329-342). New York: Springer.
  • Os, R. van, Ganpat, S.M., & Nieuwbeerta, P. (2010). Moord en doodslag in Nederland [Murder and manslaughter in the Netherlands]. In E.R. Muller, J.P. van der Leun, M. Moerings, & P. van Calster (Eds.), Criminaliteit (pp.181-193). Deventer: Kluwer.

Research Reports

  • Ganpat, S.M, Granath, S., Hagstedt, J. Kivivuori, J., Lehti, M., Liem, M.C.A., & Nieuwbeerta, P. (2011). Homicide in Finland, the Netherlands and Sweden: A first findings on the European Homicide Monitor Data. Brottsförebyggande rådet/The Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention.
  • Wits, E., Ganpat, S.M., Schoenmakers, T., Snoek, A., Boonstra, J., & Ouden, R. den (2010). Theoretische handleiding Stay-a-way. Gedragsinterventie voor jeugdige delinquenten met risicovol middelengebruik [Theoretical manual Stay-a-way. Behavioral intervention for youthful offenders with risky substance use]. Tactus Verslavingszorg & IVO.
  • Ganpat, S.M., Schoenmakers, T., Wits, E., Boonstra, J., & Ouden, R. den (2010). Beoordeling- en Evaluatiehandleiding Stay-a-way. Gedragsinterventie voor jeugdige delinquenten met risicovol middelengebruik [Assessment and evaluation manual Stay-a-way. Behavioral intervention for youthful offenders with risky substance use]. Tactus Verslavingszorg & IVO.
  • Ouden, R. den, Boonstra, J., Wits, E., & Ganpat, S.M. (2010). Programmahandleiding Stay-a-way. Gedragsinterventie voor jeugdige delinquenten met risicovol middelengebruik [Program manual Stay-a-way. Behavioral intervention for youthful offenders with risky substance use]. Tactus Verslavingszorg & IVO.
  • Ouden, R. den, Boonstra, J., Wits, E., & Ganpat, S.M. (2010). Managementhandleiding Stay-a-way. Gedragsinterventie voor jeugdige delinquenten met risicovol middelengebruik [Management manual Stay-a-way. Behavioral intervention for youthful offenders with risky substance use]. Tactus Verslavingszorg & IVO.
  • Ouden, R. den, Boonstra, J., Wits, E., & Ganpat, S.M. (2010). Opleidingshandleiding Stay-a-way. Gedragsinterventie voor jeugdige delinquenten met risicovol middelengebruik [Educational manual Stay-a-way. Behavioral intervention for youthful offenders with risky substance use]. Tactus Verslavingszorg & IVO.
  • Wits, E., Ganpat, S.M., Schoenmakers, T., Snoek, A., Boonstra, J., & Ouden, R. den (2010). Samenvatting en leeswijzer Stay-a-way. Gedragsinterventie voor jeugdige delinquenten met risicovol middelengebruik [Summary and reading guide Stay-a-way. Behavioral intervention for youthful offenders with risky substance use]. Tactus Verslavingszorg & IVO.
  • Kaal, H.L., Ooyen-Houben, M.M.J. van, Ganpat, S.M., & Wits, E. (2009). Een complex probleem. Passende zorg voor verslaafde justitiabelen met co-morbide psychiatrische problematiek en een lichte verstandelijke handicap [A complex problem. Fitting care for addicted persons subject to judicial measures who have co-morbid psychiatric problems and mild learning disabilities]. Den Haag: WODC; Cahier 2009-11.
  • Ganpat, S.M., Wits, E., Schoenmakers, T., & Greeven, P. (2009). Problematiek en zorgbehoefte van gedetineerden met een ISD-maatregel in JI Vught [The problem and the care need of repeat offenders who are detained in JI Vught]. Rotterdam: IVO.
  • Ganpat, S.M. & Kleinjan, M. (2009). Oneigenlijk medicijngebruik onder Nederlandse jongeren: aard en omvang [Medicine abuse among Dutch youngsters: nature and scope]. Rotterdam: IVO.
  • Ganpat, S.M., Van Vliet, E., & Van der Poel, A. (2009). Proces-en effectevaluatie Woon-Zorg-Werk voorziening [A process-and effect evaluation of the facility Woon-Zorg-Werk]. Rotterdam: IVO.
  • Ganpat, S.M. & Van den Eijnden, R.J.J.M. (2008). Onderzoek naar de dadergroep alcoholgerelateerde delicten [A study on the characteristics of individuals committing alcohol-related crimes]. Rotterdam: IVO.
  • Ganpat, S.M. & Van den Eijnden, R.J.J.M. (2008). Procesevaluatie pilot Leefstijltraining voor verslaafde justitiabelen [A process evaluation of the pilot Lifestyle training for addicted offenders]. Rotterdam: IVO.
  • Ganpat, S.M. (2008). Criminaliteit in combinatie met middelengebruik: IVO en criminologisch onderzoek [Criminal behaviour in combination with substance use: IVO and criminological research]. IVO-Bulletin 11(1): 2-3.
  • Ganpat, S.M., Soe-Agnie, S., Van der Poel, A., Van der Meer, F., & Boon, B. (2007). Beleid op het gebied van middelengebruik in de forensisch psychiatrische instellingen [Policy on substance use in forensic psychiatric institutions]. Rotterdam: IVO.
  • Ganpat, S.M. (2007). Huiselijk geweld en middelengebruik [On domestic violence and substance use]. Verslaving: Tijdschrift over verslavingsproblematiek: jrg. 3, nr. 1, pp. 60-62.

Recent conferences

  • 2017 Research Showcase Violence Trends project, Homicide and other NTU-criminology research. British Society of Criminology Policing Network Research Showcase, Ryton,17 May.
  • 2017 ‘Assessing risk factors for homicide victimisation in the Netherlands’, School Research Conference 2017, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, 1st of March.
  • 2016 ‘Dead or Alive? The Role of Personal Characteristics and Immediate Situational Factors in The Outcome of Serious Violence’. American Society of Criminology, New Orleans, 16-19 Nov.
  • 2016 ‘Trends in Violence Victimization in the England and Wales’. American Society of Criminology, New Orleans, 16-19 Nov.
  • 2016‘Trends in Violence Victimisation: Incidence Rates, Prevalence and Crime Concentration of Stranger and Acquaintance Violence’. British Society of Criminology, Nottingham, 6-8 July.
  • 2016 ‘Explaining and Sustaining the Decline in Stranger and Acquaintance Violence’. End of Project Conference: Explaining and Sustaining the Decline in Stranger and Acquaintance Violence, Nottingham, 29th Jun.
  • 2016 ‘Risk and Protective Factors of Stranger and Acquaintance Violence Victimisation in England and Wales’. In the session. ‘Victimisation and participation divides’. Stockholm Criminology Symposium, Stockholm, 14-16 Jun.
  • 2016 Poster presentation Violence Trends and other NTU-criminology research. College of Policing Evidence Based Policing Showcase, Ryton,11 May.
  • 2016 ‘Risk and protective factors of stranger and acquaintance violence’. Alternative Futures Conference 2016, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, 24 Feb.
  • 2015 ‘The role of personal characteristics and immediate situational factors in the outcome of serious violence’, Divisional Research Seminar, Nottingham Trent University, Invited presentation, Nottingham.
  • 2015 ‘Risk and protective factors of stranger and acquaintance violence in the UK’. In the session: ‘Crime Drop Research’, American Society of Criminology, 41st Annual Meeting, Washington DC, 18-21 Nov.
  • 2015 ‘On the association between routine activities and the decline in stranger and acquaintance violence’. In the session: ‘Changing patterns of crime and the crime drop’. Stockholm Criminology Symposium, Stockholm, 8-10 Jun.
  • 2014 Invited presentation ‘The role of event characteristics and actors’ behavior on the outcome of violent events’. The Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement (NSCR), Amsterdam.
  • 2014 ‘Research in Criminology’, Information Meeting Bachelor Criminology, Leiden University, Leiden.
  • 2013 ‘Sequence of actions during serious violent events with a lethal or nonlethal outcome’. Conference of the Dutch Society of Criminology (NVK), Leiden.
  • 2012 ‘The influence of event characteristics and actors’ behaviour on the outcome of violent events: comparing lethal with non-lethal events’. American Society of Criminology, Chicago.
  • 2012 ‘Criminal history of victims involved in lethal or nonlethal events’. Conference of the Dutch Society of Criminology (NVK), Leiden.
  • 2011‘Criminal history of lethal vs. non-lethal violent offenders’. European Society of Criminology, Vilnius.
  • 2011 ‘Homicide in Finland, the Netherlands and Sweden: First findings from the European Homicide Monitor’. European Society of Criminology, Vilnius.
  • 2011 ‘The role and behavior of victims in fatal versus non-fatal events’. Stockholm Criminology Symposium, Stockholm.
  • 2011 ‘Homicide in Finland, the Netherlands and Sweden: First findings from the European Homicide Monitor’. Stockholm Criminology Symposium, Stockholm.
  • 2011 ‘The role of victims in lethal versus nonlethal events’. Conference of the Dutch Society of Criminology (NVK), Leiden.
  • 2011 ‘Criminal history of lethal vs. non-lethal violent offenders’. American Society of Criminology, San Francisco.
  • 2010 ‘The influence of criminal propensity and immediate situational factors on lethal vs. nonlethal outcomes of violent events’. Conference of the Dutch Society of Criminology (NVK), Leiden.
  • 2010 ‘Homicide in the Netherlands 1992-2009’. Pre-conference European Homicide Working Group, Liège.

In the media

  • 2017 Interview, Quest. ‘Zou Jij Iemand Kunnen Doden?’ [Would You Be Able To Murder?].
  • 2017 Interview, RTL News. ‘Onderzoek: in iedereen schuilt een moordenaar’ [Research: There is a killer inside everyone]. http://www.rtlnieuws.nl/nederland/onderzoek-in-iedereen-schuilt-een-moordenaar
  • 2011 Interview, Mare. Leids Universitair Weekblad. ‘Dood volgens plan, of door drank. Moord in Nederland, Finland en Zweden vergeleken’ [Death according to plan, or by alcohol. Comparing murder in the Netherlands, Finland and Sweden].

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