Frederike Ambagtsheer is assistant professor at the Erasmus MC Dpt. of Internal Medicine, Section Nephrology and Kidney Transplantation and is principal investigator of the research projects presented on this platform. She has a MSc in Criminology, a LL.M. in Public International Law and obtained her PhD (cum laude) on the Organ Trade in 2017. She initiated/coordinated the HOTT Project (2012-2016) and is the recipient of a Veni grant from the Dutch Research Council (NWO) for the project, 'Organs as a Gateway to Europe: studying kidney sales among migrants entering the EU' (2021-2025).

Her research has featured on CNN, BBC, Washington Post, NY Times, Volkskrant, RTL and NOS. She is a regularly invited speaker at conferences, universities and other platforms in The Netherlands and abroad.  She has given a Tedx talk titled, 'Let's allow a fair trade in kidneys' and has given a talk for 'Universiteit van Nederland', 'Mag je jouw nier ruilen voor een Porsche?' She has worked as a consultant for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and she is the co-chair of the ELPAT Working Group on Organ Trade and Trafficking. Since 2021 she is editorial board member of Transplant International. 

Full CV

Interview for the Escaped Sapiens Podcast 

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Selected publications

  • Ambagtsheer, F. & Bugter, R. (2022) The organization of the human organ trade: a comparative crime script analysis. Crime, Law and Social Change. Open access
  • Ambagtsheer, F. (2021). Understanding the challenges to investigating and prosecuting organ trafficking: a comparative analysis of two cases. Trends in organized crime, 1-28. Open access. 
  • Ambagtsheer, F. & Van Balen, L.  (2020) ‘I’m not Sherlock Holmes’: Suspicions, secrecy and silence of transplant professionals in the human organ trade. European Journal of Criminology, Vol. 17 Issue 6 Pages 764–783.