Research projects, Department of Criminology

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  1. Criminology, Research project, Departmental project, Ongoing

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

    Project Lead: Gunda Wössner

    This project evaluates the treatment of sexual offenders in Saxony’s social therapeutic institutions through an analysis of the causes and rates of criminal relapse amongst sexual offenders, including an assessment of criminogenic factors, therapeutic measures, and the climate in the correctional facilities. Questions are also raised as to whether improvements can be made to current methods of cr…

  2. Criminology, Ongoing

    The Crim­in­al­iz­a­tion of Copy­right Law: A Com­par­at­ive Ana­lys­is of Ger­many and the United States

    Project Lead: Esther Tabitha Earbin

    This doctoral project explores relationships, interests and legitimacy in the culture of criminal lawmaking. The thesis holds that criminal copyright law in the United States gives more weight to private actors and public interests versus a fair balancing of public and private interests in German criminal copyright policy, and while each approach pertains to the political and cultural ideologies …

  3. Criminology, Research project, Institute project, Ongoing

    Freiburg Co­hort Study

    Project Lead: Dr. Volker Grundies

    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 Germany. The following issues are of central importance to the study: Which age-dependent courses …

  4. Criminology, Ongoing

    Fu­tureU

    Project Lead: Jean-Louis van Gelder

    The goal of the FutureU research program is to develop an intervention that will increase future-orientation by connecting delinquents to their future self. The immediate benefits of crime can be said to accrue to the present self, whereas its costs come at the expense of a future self. A lack of connectedness to this future self therefore makes the temptation to engage in crime hard to resist. I…

  5. Criminology, Ongoing

    Vir­tu­al Burg­lary Pro­ject

    Project Lead: Gunda Wössner, Jean-Louis van Gelder, Dominik Gerstner M.A. (Sociology)

    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 time, such as where they look, how they walk arou…

  6. Criminology, Ongoing

    The 360º Vir­tu­al Scen­ario Meth­od

    Project Lead: Jean-Louis van Gelder, Sheina Herman, Tim Barnum

    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 visceral and emotional aspects involved in real-world offending, which commonly occurs during “hot” a…

  7. Criminology, Dissertation, Ongoing

    Short-Term Mind­sets and Crime

    Project Lead: Prof. dr. dr. Jean-Louis van Gelder, Jessica Deitzer, Sebastian Kübel, Willem Frankenhuis

    Why are some people more likely to commit crime than others? Answers to this question can be grouped according to two competing approaches. On the one hand, those who favor a dispositional perspective argue that stable factors within the individual, such as lack of self-control, are a root cause of criminal conduct. Proponents of a sociogenic perspective, on the other hand, who put the locus of s…

  8. Criminology, Research project, Departmental project, Ongoing

    Crim­in­al Sanc­tion and Re­cidiv­ism

    Project Lead: Carina Tetal, Volker Grundies

    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 three waves of data collection are now available and cover the reconviction of persons convicted or released from prison in 2004, 2007, or 2010. The project…


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