Independent research group Space, Contexts, and Crime

The research group focusses on the role of spatial contexts in criminology. Large portions of crime such as interpersonal violence, burglary, or vandalism continue to be rooted in concrete geographic space. Crime is more frequent in larger cities, and heavily concentrated in some micro-spaces within urban areas. Why do some cities, neighborhoods and micro-spaces suffer from high crime loads, and what are the effects of crime on the social fabric and future development of urban communities? We pursue innovative approaches to the study of causes and consequences of crime in geographic contexts and look at the role of spatial contexts on different levels, from urban micro-spaces and neighborhoods to larger societal contexts.

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