Richard Staring is specialized in ethnographic and other qualitative research methods in the broad research field of (irregular) international migration and integration. He is currently appointed as a endowed professor in criminology (mobility, control and crime) at the Department of Criminology (Erasmus School of Law, Erasmus University Rotterdam). He has published on qualitative research methods, qualitative analysis, poverty, crime, international and irregular migration flows, as well as on processes of incorporation of illegal immigrants, human smuggling and human trafficking.
Currently he conducts research on issues of organized crime, including human smuggling and trafficking, international irregular (return) migration, migration control and radicalization. He is editor of peer-reviewed Dutch journal: Tijdschrift over Cultuur en Criminaliteit (Journal on Culture and Crime).
Amongst his latest publications are research among processes of incorporation of Turkish-Dutch youngsters in the Netherlands and risks on radicalization and crime for the WODC (Research and Documentation Centre) of the Ministry of Security and Justice as well as the SCP (Netherlands Institute for Social Research). He conducts research for government and private bodies. And supervises six PhD candidates in the field of (irregular) migration, integration and radicalization and teaches several criminological courses as ‘Introduction to Criminology’, ‘Law and Criminology in the Multicultural Society’, ‘Criminal Careers’ and ‘Crime and the City’.
Staring is programme director of the Erasmus School of Law research programme ‘Monitoring Safety and Security’. Staring is also member of the international network International Migration, Integration and Social Cohesion (IMSICOE). He is co-founder and member of the Centre for Information and Research on Organized Crime (CIROC). From august 2015 until February 2016 he was visiting scholar at the Netherlands Institute in Turkey as at MireKoç of Koç University Istanbul.