Department of Criminology

Department of Criminology

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Projects

CRIMETIME/Short-Term Mindsets and Crime

Why are some people more likely to commit crime than others? Answers to this question, which is at the heart of criminology, can be grouped into two broad views. On the one hand, dispositional perspectives argue that stable factors within the individual, such as lack of self-control, lie at the… more

The 360º Virtual Scenario Method

The 360º Virtual Scenario research program aims to remedy some of the defects of the traditional scenario (or “vignette”) method by employing immersive 360º video. This virtual reality (VR) method is based on the assump­tion that the commonly used written scenarios are unlikely to capture the more… more

Virtual Burglary Project

The Virtual Burglary Project uses virtual reality (VR) versions of residential neighborhoods to study the behavior of burglars. Convicted burglars are invited to explore a neighborhood, select a target to burglarize, and commit a bur­glary in VR and to go about it just as they would in the real… more

Crime, Insecurities, and Social Dynamics in Urban Neighborhoods

The ma­jor goal of this study is to ad­vance the un­der­stand­ing of struc­tur­al con­di­tions and so­cial pro­cesses in re­la­tion to crime prob­lems in urb­an neigh­bor­hoods in a lon­git­ud­in­al per­spect­ive. Res­id­ents’ sub­ject­ive per­cep­tions of dis­order and crime as well as col­lect­ive… more

COVID-19-KRIM

The project investigates the short- and medium-term effects of the Covid-19-Pandemic on crime in Baden-Würt­tem­berg (southwest Germany) during 2019 to 2021, based on recorded crime data, mobility data and various so­cio-economic and geographic data, and employing spatio-temporal modeling. A special… more

Criminal Sanction and Recidivism

The aim of this longitudinal study is to analyze the criminal behavior of convicted individuals. Reconviction by type of offense, sanction, and socio-demographic characteristics like age and gender will be researched. The results of the first four waves of data collection are now available and cover… more

Freiburg Cohort Study

The aim of this study is to investigate, via official data, the emergence and evolution of crime, judicial reactions towards crime, and criminal careers. The Freiburg Cohort Study is a long-term project, which, due to its specific cohort design and its extensive period of evaluation, is unique in… more

The Core Tendencies Underlying Individual Differences in Prosocial Behavior

Why are some people willing to help others but other people are (rather) not? Why do some people prefer to coop­er­ate with others whereas others are willing to exploit their interaction partners for personal gain? The project “The core tendencies underlying in­di­vid­ual differences in prosocial… more

Correctional Treatment and Reentry of Sex Offenders

Sex offenders in the social therapeutic institutions in the Free State of Saxony more

 Geographical Behavior of Stranger Offenders

In the vast majority of sex offenses, offender and victim know each other. However, violent sexual assaults perpe­trated by strangers often incite strong feelings of fear in the community. Furthermore, rapes by strangers often pose considerable challenges and concern for law enforcement agencies… more

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