Department: Criminology, Independent Research Group Space, Contexts, and Crime Status of project: Ongoing Project duration: Project start: 2020
Project end: 2023
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 social capital are key mechanisms in the complex social processes shaping the development of neighborhoods. This project constitutes phase 2 of a long-term study of 140 neighborhoods in Cologne and Essen, two large cities in North Rhine-Westphalia with high levels of ethnic diversity.
After two survey waves in 2014 and 2015, a third wave of a mail survey in the selected neighborhoods is planned for 2020. Survey data will be matched to neighborhood sociodemographic and crime data with the aim to study the dynamics of neighborhood development. The analyses focus on fear of crime, disorder perceptions, collective efficacy and interethnic relations, and their reciprocal associations with structural neighborhood development.
For more information on phase 1 of this project, see project SENSIKO.