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Soenita Ganpat

soenita ganpat

Post Doctoral Research Fellow

School of Social Sciences

Staff Group(s)
Sociology

Role

Dr Soenita Ganpat is a Lecturer and Post-Doctoral Fellow in Criminology. She currently teaches several modules in Criminology and conducts research on violence and homicide. She is part of the Quantitative and Spatial Criminology Research Group at Nottingham Trent University.

Career overview

Soenita gained her doctorate in Criminology at Leiden University (The Netherlands) where she examined violence, with a focus on homicide, at the Institute for Criminal Law & Criminology. The investigations of her PhD research focused on the role of personal characteristics and immediate situational factors on lethal vs. non-lethal outcomes of violent events. This study, which also included stranger and acquaintance violence, is particularly relevant as it is not one-sided and orientated on the offender, but instead it also considers the role of the victim and third parties in serious violent events. Her PhD work has been published as a book, titled ‘Dead or Alive? The Role of Personal Characteristics and Immediate Situational Factors in the Outcome of Serious Violence’.

She was also one of the founders and researchers of the European Homicide Monitor, to create the first joint database on homicide in Europe. This international homicide research project was financed by the European Union. She furthermore maintained and further expanded the Dutch Homicide Monitor; a statistical database to provide the most reliable overview of homicide in the Netherlands.

Her work has been published in numerous academic journals and she has written several book chapters on violence and homicide.

Next to conducting research, she taught several years at Leiden University where she also led and developed modules in the area of homicide and quantitative methods. She also successfully supervised more than twenty students writing their bachelor and master theses.

Research areas

Dr Ganpat is a criminologist with a strong research background and expertise in the area of homicide and violence. She has an extensive publication list with publications in high quality international peer-reviewed journals such as the British Journal of Criminology, the Journal of Interpersonal Violence and Homicide Studies.

Her research focuses in particular on homicide, violence, interaction between offender-victim-third parties, personal characteristics of offenders and victims, immediate situational factors (e.g., alcohol use, weapon use, presence of third parties, and time and location) and quantitative research methods.

Dr Ganpat currently works on the Violence Trends project which focuses on the role of population group-and context-specific changes in personal security and routine activities in explaining the decline in stranger and acquaintance violence. To this end, she analyses national and international datasets including the Crime Survey for England & Wales (CSEW) and the International Crime Victim Survey (ICVS).

External activity

  • Member of the European Homicide Research Group
  • International reviewer for research proposals submitted to funding bodies
  • Peer reviewer of a range of academic journals

Publications

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Ganpat, S.M., Van der Leun, J.P., & Nieuwbeerta, P. (In press). Violence unfolding. An exploration of the interaction sequence in lethal and non-lethal violent eventsPsychology & Psychological Research International Journal

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. (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.

Press expertise

  • Homicide
  • Violence
  • Lethal vs non-lethal violence
  • Interaction between offender-victim-third parties
  • Criminal history of homicide offenders and victims
  • Immediate situational factors (e.g. alcohol use, weapon use, presence of third parties, and time and location)
  • European Homicide Monitor
  • Violence trends
  • Victimisation