Andrea Donker was appointed to the position of functional professor for the Coordination of Security research group at HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht on 15 March 2012. In the years to come she will focus predominantly on the field of security in society. In recent years, she has been carrying out research into the background and development of juvenile offenders, and, most recently, into the possible factors that determine the success of placing young offenders in custodial institutions.
Since spring 2010, she has been spending one day a week working with the Research Centre’s Working with Mandated Clients research group, where she has taken part in a range of research studies, such as Effective Professionals and the Working Alliance in the Supervision of Probationers.
Andrea Donker is a member of the editorial team of the journal Justitiële verkenningen and a member of the Supervisory Board of the Amsterbaken correctional institute for juvenile offenders.
Until March 2012, Andrea Donker worked as a professor in Developmental Criminology at the University of Applied Sciences Leiden. Previously, she had been affiliated to the Institute of Criminal Law and Criminology at Leiden University and the Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement. She gained her doctorate at the latter institution, completing a thesis on the development of criminal behaviour from childhood into adulthood. Andrea Donker is a graduate of the University of Amsterdam, where she studied cognitive psychology and medical biology.
She has extensive experience in developing and providing education for Bachelor's and Master’s students in the fields of Criminology, Law, (Forensic) Developmental Psychology, Social Work, Applied Psychology and a number of courses as part of the Police Academy.