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An-Sofie Vanhouche

Prof. Dr. An-Sofie Vanhouche

Department of Criminology


Education: Master in Criminology, PhD in Criminology and Law

Research themes: Criminology, penology, punishment, prisons, detention experiences, education

An-Sofie Vanhouche has a PhD in Criminology and holds a a tenure track position in the Criminology Department. She obtained her Master's degree in 2011 with a thesis entitled: “Innocently imprisoned: The Consequences for People who are Acquitted after Being Remanded in Custody”. Throughout 2012 she worked as a field researcher for the study of Beyens & Boone (2013) in the prison of Tilburg. In 2017, she successfully defended her PhD, 'Prison Cuisines in Europe. A Comparative Study of Prison Food Systems in Belgium, Tilburg and Denmark', jointly supervised at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and the University of Southern Denmark. An-Sofie currently teaches several courses: a co-learning course on imprisonment in the prison of Beveren; a course on penology; and a course on comparative criminology. Her main research interest lies in the lived experience of imprisonment, prison education, and comparative penology.


Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Pleinlaan 2
1050 Brussels