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Description

The European Working Group on Space, Place and Crime aims to bring together members of the European Society of Criminology who are interested in the spatial and situational aspect of crime. We have a broad scope: some members investigate neighborhood differences in crime rates (in the traditions of 'social disorganization' or 'collective efficacy'), while others are interested in how micro-situations of crime events unfold. Some researchers use quantitative methods, while others use qualitative methods.

Because of the diversity of our members, we seek to encourage innovative collaborations across research domains, for example leading to new collaborations integrating macro (societal), meso (neighborhood) and micro (individual) aspects of the crime event, or using multi-method research (combining quantitative and qualitative approaches).

Aims of the group

  • To advance knowledge and research of the situational and spatial aspects of criminology across Europe (both substantive and methodological)
  • To create a network for information exchange between senior and junior scholars

Activities

These aims will be achieved by the following objectives:

  • Organize regular meetings between core members of the Working Group
  • Organize special sessions on ‘Space, Place and Crime’ at the annual meetings of the European Society of Criminology (i.e., ‘Space, Place and Crime’ sessions)
  • Establish cross-national research ties and promote international collaboration
  • Organize European conferences on ‘Space, Place and Crime’
  • Disseminate research results through scholarly publications

Website

For further information, www.space-place-crime.eu.

Membership

All members of the European Society of Criminology interested in the WG-PLACE aims and activities are welcome to join. Any personal and professional details will go to Wouter Steenbeek via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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