The development of antisocial behaviour within individuals' lives is the focal point of Developmental and Life-course Criminology (DLC), an exciting and growing research area in criminology. Much of the knowledge base on the longitudinal patterning of delinquency and crime over the life span has emerged from using data from the United States, Great Britain and more recently Australia. Yet, developmental patterns result from the complex interplay between individual and contextual factors, including societal and legal institutions. Since these institutions differ cross-nationally, developmental patterns may do so accordingly. DLC-research from other - European - countries is thus inexplicable to gain detailed knowledge on criminal careers and test developmental criminological theories. Fortunately, longitudinal projects on the development of antisocial behaviour are underway in various European countries and the number of European researchers on DLC-topics is substantial and growing. In order to stimulate DLC-research in Europe and to promote contact between the various European research groups working on DLC-issues, we have established the European Developmental and Life-course Criminology working group. We would like to invite ESC members involved in longitudinal studies on the development of delinquency and crime to combine their expertise and join the working group.
To facilitate research on developmental and life course criminology and maximize international dissemination of DLC-research results.
A number of specific objectives in support of this aim have been established:
- promote communication between European DLC-researchers
- organize thematic DLC-sessions at the annual ESC meetings
- establish cross-national research ties and promote international collaboration on DLC-topics
- offer a 'best European paper' award for outstanding research in the DLC-field
Dr. mr. A.A.J. (Arjan) Blokland / Prof. Dr. P. (Paul) Nieuwbeerta
NSCR (Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement)
P.O.Box 792 - 2300 AT Leiden
Tel: +31 (0)71 - 527 8527 (secr.)
Fax: +31 (0)71 - 527 8537