Department of Criminology

Department of Criminology

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Projects

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 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

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

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

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 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

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

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