Pauline Aarten is a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer at the Institute of Security and Global Affairs (ISGA) of Leiden University since April 2017. Pauline finished her PhD in Criminology at the VU University Amsterdam in 2010. She became Assistant Professor in Criminology and Victimology at Tilburg University where she focused on victims of severe crimes. She was the principal investigator on a European project concerning the victimology of radicalization. She was also the data coordinator of a five-year project into the experiences with the aftermath of large-scale conflict and its international reparative justice procedures in Cambodia, Congo, Cyprus and Suriname. In 2016, she was awarded a grant from the Achmea Victims and Society Fund to examine the life stories of victims of severe traffic accidents, and their experience with justice systems. Currently, she is part of the Violence Research Initiative where she working together with Marieke Liem and Hanneke Schönberger on the Dutch Homicide Monitor. Her main research interests are severe crimes, victim-offender overlap and experiences with the criminal justice system.