Dr. Dominik Gerstner


Main Focus

  • Spa­tial Crime Ana­lys­is
  • Ju­ven­ile De­lin­quency
  • Quant­it­at­ive Meth­ods in the So­cial Sci­ences
  • Crim­in­o­lo­gic­al The­ory
  • So­cial Net­work Ana­lys­is

Curriculum Vitae

Dominik Gerstner is a sociologist and postdoc at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law. He has been involved in numerous research projects that have incorporated aspects of applied empirical social research, including studies on the spatial distribution of crime, adolescent criminal behavior, and security and life satisfaction in neighborhood settings. His doctoral thesis analyzes juvenile delinquency in the context of friendship networks. His current research focusses on spatiotemporal crime analysis with an emphasis on the evaluation of applied predictive policing technology in the federal state of Baden-Württemberg.


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 world. The VR system tracks all their behavior in real… more

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