Dominik Gerstner


Main Focus

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

Curriculum Vitae

Domin­ik Ger­st­ner M.A. 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.


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


Journal Article (8)

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Helfferich, C., Gerstner, D., Knittel, T., Pflügler, C., & Schmidt, F. (2021). Unintended conceptions leading to wanted pregnancies – an integral perspective on pregnancy acceptance from a mixed-methods study in Germany. The European Journal of Contraception & Reproductive Health Care, 26(3), 227–232. doi:10.1080/13625187.2020.1870951
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Janssen, H. J., Oberwittler, D., & Gerstner, D. (2019). Dissecting Disorder Perceptions: Neighborhood Structure and the Moderating Role of Interethnic Contact and Xenophobic Attitudes. International Criminal Justice Review. doi:10.1177/1057567719896020
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Gerstner, D., Wickes, R., & Oberwittler, D. (2019). Collective Efficacy in Australian and German Neighborhoods: Testing Cross-Cultural Measurement Equivalence and Structural Correlates in a Multi-level SEM Framework. Social Indicators Research, 144(3), 1151–1177. doi:10.1007/s11205-019-02081-4
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Gerstner, D. (2018). Predictive Policing in the Context of Residential Burglary: an Empirical Illustration on the Basis of a Pilot Project in Baden-Württemberg, Germany. European Journal for Security Research, 3(2), 115–138. doi:10.1007/s41125-018-0033-0
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Gerstner, D., & Oberwittler, D. (2018). Who’s hanging out and what’s happening? A look at the interplay between unstructured socializing, crime propensity and delinquent peers using social network data. European journal of criminology: the journal of the European Society of Criminology, 15(1), 111–129. doi:10.1177/1477370817732194
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Oberwittler, D., Janssen, H. J., & Gerstner, D. (2017). Unordnung und Unsicherheit in großstädtischen Wohn­gebie­ten: die überschätzte Rolle von "Broken Windows" und die Herausforderungen ethnischer Diversität. Soziale Probleme, 28(2), 181–205. doi:10.1007/s41059-017-0040-9
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Gerstner, D., & Oberwittler, D. (2015). Wer kennt wen und was geht ab? Ein netzwerkanalytischer Blick auf die Rolle delinquenter Peers im Rahmen der Situational Action Theory. Monatsschrift für Kriminologie und Strafrechtsreform, 98(3), 204–226. doi:10.1515/mks-2015-980304
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Gerstner, D., & Oberwittler, D. (2011). Soziale Desorganisation und Gelegenheitsstrukturen: Differenzielle Wirkungen struktureller Bedingungen auf tatort- und wohnortbezogene Kriminalitätsbelastungen in den baden-württembergischen Gemeinden. Monatsschrift für Kriminologie und Strafrechtsreform, 94(3), 149–177. doi:10.1515/mks-2011-940301

Book (4)

Gerstner, D. (2017). Predictive Policing als Instrument zur Prävention von Wohnungseinbruchdiebstahl: Evaluationsergebnisse zum Baden-Württembergischen Pilotprojekt P4 (Vol. 50) forschung aktuell | research in brief. Freiburg i. Br.: edition iuscrim. Retrieved from
Schubert, H., Oberwittler, D., Schartau, L., Planer, N., Nutz, A., Spieckermann, H., … Janssen, H. (2016). Sicherheitsempfinden älterer Menschen im Wohnquartier: ein Praxishandbuch für die Soziale Arbeit. Köln: Verlag Sozial-Raum-Management. Retrieved from
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