Themanummer innovatieve methoden in criminologisch onderzoek

Innovative Data Collection Methods in Crime Research

Novel technologies, such as GPS, the internet and virtual environments are not only rapidly becoming an increasingly influential part of our daily lives, they also have much potential for improving our understanding of where, when and why crime occurs. In addition, several innovative research methods, such as time-space budgets and neuropsychological measurements, have emerged in recent years. While often highly accessible and relevant, these technologies and methods are currently underutilized by crime researchers who still tend to rely on traditional data-collection methods, such as systematic observation and surveys. NSCR CRIME Lab therefore edited a special issue of Crime Science.

The goal of this special issue is to explore the potential of innovative research methods and novel technologies for crime research and to acquaint readers with these methods so that they can apply them in their own research. The issue contains articles that focus on the methods and technologies used in terms of rationale, possibilities for application, strengths and weaknesses. It is intended to serve as a standard reference for other researchers interested in using innovative methods and novel technologies in their own research agendas.

Each article deals with a specific technology or method and is set-up in such as way as to give readers an overview of the technology/method, i.e., what it is about and how to use it and a review of the relevant literature. The special issue targets a readership of both established researchers as well as students at the undergraduate and postgraduate level (the articles would be suitable for use in methodology courses). The issue is also unique in terms of format, which allows people not only to get acquainted with a method or technology but also to start using it themselves. In this sense, the technologies described regard software and hardware that is widely available on the consumer market (e.g. GPS use in cell phones) and that sometimes can even be used free of charge (e.g., Google Street View).

mr. dr. Jean-Louis van Gelder

About mr. dr. Jean-Louis van Gelder

Jean-Louis van Gelder has a degree in Work & Organisational psychology (MA) and another one in Law (LL.M) from the University of Amsterdam. These backgrounds were combined into the doctoral dissertation “The Law and Psychology of Land Tenure Security: Evidence from Buenos Aires” which was also completed at the University of Amsterdam. Since March 2009 he has been working as a researcher at the Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement (NSCR). In 2012 he finished his second dissertation on the role of affect and cognition in criminal decision making. His other research interests concern the use of innovative methods in crime research, risk perception and –behaviour, legal theory, socio-legal studies and the informal sector. Jean-Louis van Gelder is initiator and coördinator of NSCR’s CRIME Lab.

Jean-Louis is a member of the CRIME Lab & Technology Cluster.

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