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The Oxford Handbook of Environmental Criminology

The Oxford Handbook of Environmental Criminology provides an overview of theory development and research into the influence of physical environmental characteristics on crime. Where does crime take place and why right there? Former NSCR director Gerben Bruinsma and the British author Shane Johnson put together this impressive book.

In crime it is not only important who violates the law and why, but also where and when. In which cities, neighborhoods and streets do we find the most victims? And in what season and at what time of the day do most of the offenses take place? Ever since the emergence of criminological science, research has been conducted into differences between countries, cities, locations and times in relation to crime.

Characteristics spatial environment

Much research has been done within this environmental criminology and many theories have been developed. These have in common that they are not about individual differences between perpetrators, but characteristics of the spatial environment. This may vary from the physical and social composition of residential areas to the amount of police on the street; and from the amount of people in the street to the characteristics of buildings.

Detailed and advanced research methods

In The Oxford Handbook of Environmental Criminology, international experts discuss developments in the field, theoretical issues, research methods and specific types of crime. The editors outline the history of the research area from the beginning of the 19th century. They show that the field is flourishing and has been using increasingly detailed and sophisticated research methods over the last twenty years.

How does a perpetrator choose his location?

The book covers inter alia the relationship between neighborhood characteristics and crime in the United States, Europe and Africa, characteristics of buildings and existing facilities, the role of street networks and supervisors, characteristics of specific locations, seasonal influences and different times, and the way perpetrators choose their locations. The book also deals with a number of specific types of crime, such as cyber crime, maritime piracy and terrorism.

Publication details and further reading

Bruinsma, G.J.N., Johnson, S.D. (2018). The Oxford Handbook of Environmental Criminology. In addition to the compilers, a number of (ex-)researchers from the NSCR participated in the book: Wim Bernasco, Evelien Hoeben, Danielle Reynald and Frank Weerman. For more information, see Oxford University Press.

prof. dr. Gerben Bruinsma

About prof. dr. Gerben Bruinsma


Prof. dr. Gerben J.N. Bruinsma studied sociology and criminology at the University of Utrecht. After graduating in 1975 he became a research assistant at the Institute of Criminology of the Radboud University Nijmegen. In 1981 he moved to the University of Twente to provide teaching and research in the Methods and techniques of public administration research. There he was appointed in 1985 to associate professor Methodology and methods of administrative research. In the same year he graduated at the Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen with the thesis 'Criminality as a social learning process. An assessment of the differential association theory in the version of KD. Opp.'

He is co-founder and director of the International Police Institute Twente (IPIT) and was from 1995 to 1999 extraordinary professor of Criminology at the University of Twente. From September 1 of that year, he was professor of Criminology at the University of Leiden (until 2009) and since 2009 he's Environmental Criminology professor at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. From February 1, 1999 to August 15, 2014 he was scientific director of the Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement (NSCR) and he is now a senior researcher.

He held a number of editorial functions, is reviewer of several criminological journals and has held various managerial and advisory positions. He founded the Bachelor and Master of Criminology at the University of Leiden.

In 2006, he was visitor of the Institute of Criminology at Cambridge (UK) and in 2014 visiting professor of the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice of the University of Maryland (USA). He was in 2009 awarded the first Freda Adler Distinguished International Scholar Award from the American Society of Criminology. September 2014-2015 he was President of the European Society of Criminology.

Gerben is a member of the Spatial-temporal Cluster.

Curriculum vitae: CV Gerben Bruinsma
Website Publications: Website Publications of Gerben Bruinsma

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2018

Amy, Meenaghan; Claire, Nee; van Gelder, J L; Marco, Otte; Zarah, Vernham

Getting Closer to the Action: Using the Virtual Enactment Method to Understand Burglary Journal Article

Deviant Behavior, pp. 1-24, 2018, ISSN: 0163-9625.

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van Gelder, J L; Corinna, Martin; van Prooijen, J W; de Vries, R; Marijke, Marsman; Margit, Averdijk; Danielle, Reynald; Tara, Donker

Seeing is Believing? Comparing Negative Affect, Realism and Presence in Visual Versus Written Guardianship Scenarios Journal Article

Deviant Behavior, pp. 1-14, 2018, ISSN: 0163-9625.

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2017

Bernasco, W; van Gelder, J L; Elffers, H

The Oxford Handbook of Offender Decision Making Book

Oxford University Press, 2017.

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Elffers, H; van Gelder, J L

Criminal decision making: time to reject the rational choice theory and go on with the dual process theory? Journal Article

pp. 124-131, 2017, ISSN: 978‐94‐6236‐761‐6.

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Frankenhuis, W E; Fenneman, J; van Gelder, J L; Godoy, I

CLASH's life history foundations Journal Article

Behav Brain Sci, 40 , pp. e84, 2017, ISSN: 1469-1825 (Electronic).

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van Gelder, J L

Dual-Process Models of Criminal Decision Making Journal Article

pp. 166-180, 2017, ISSN: 9780199338801.

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van Gelder, J L

Emotions in Offender Decision Making Journal Article

pp. 466-478, 2017, ISSN: 9780199338801.

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van Gelder, J L

Hot criminology or what Homer’s Odyssea can teach criminologists about decision making. Journal Article

pp. 30-49, 2017, ISSN: 978-1-138-21722-5.

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van Gelder, J L; Margit, Averdijk; Denis, Ribeaud; Manuel, Eisner

Punitive Parenting and Delinquency: The Mediating Role of Short-Term Mindsets Journal Article

The British Journal of Criminology, 2017, ISSN: 0007-0955.

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van Gelder, J L; Nee, C; Otte, M; Demetriou, A; van Sintemaartensdijk, I; van Prooijen, J W

Virtual Burglary: Exploring the Potential of Virtual Reality to Study Burglary in Action Journal Article

Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, 54 (1), pp. 29-62, 2017, ISSN: 0022-4278.

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Weulen, Kranenbarg Marleen; Thomas, Holt J; van Gelder, J L

Offending and Victimization in the Digital Age: Comparing Correlates of Cybercrime and Traditional Offending-Only, Victimization-Only and the Victimization-Offending Overlap Journal Article

Deviant Behavior, pp. 1-16, 2017, ISSN: 0163-9625.

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de Vries, R E; Raghuvar, Pathak D; van Gelder, J L; Gurmeet, Singh

Explaining Unethical Business Decisions: The role of personality, environment, and states Journal Article

Personality and Individual Differences, 117 , pp. 188-197, 2017, ISSN: 01918869.

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Wim, Bernasco; Henk, Elffers; van Gelder, J L

Editors’ Introduction Journal Article

pp. 1-9, 2017, ISSN: 9780199338801.

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2016

Averdijk, M; van Gelder, J L; Eisner, M; Ribeaud, D

Violence begets violence… But how? A decision making perspective on the victim-offender overlap Journal Article

Criminology, 54 , pp. 282-306, 2016.

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Dirkzwager, A; van Gelder, J L; Ruiter, S; Custers, G

Beroemd en Berucht: Criminaliteit in Amsterdam Book

SWP, 2016.

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Eisner, M; Murray, A L; Ribeaud, D; Averdijk, M; van Gelder, J L

From the Savannah to the Magistrate’s Court: The Roots of Criminal Justice in Evolved Human Psychology Journal Article

2016.

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van Gelder, J L; Averdijk, M; Eisner, M; Ribeaud, D

Unpacking the victim-offender overlap: Beyond subcultural theory and risky lifestyles Journal Article

Journal of Quantitative Criminology, 31 , pp. 653-675, 2016.

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van Gelder, J L; Dirkzwager, A; Ruiter, S

Beroemd en berucht: Een introductie Journal Article

pp. 9-16, 2016.

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van Gelder, J L; Nee, C; Otte, M; Demetriou, A; Sintemaartensdijk, Van I; Prooijen, Van J W

Exploring the Potential of Virtual Reality to Study Burglary in Action Journal Article

Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, 2016.

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van Gelder, J L; Nee, C; Otte, M; Demetriou, A; van Sintemaartensdijk, I; van Prooijen, J W

Virtual Burglary: Exploring the Potential of Virtual Reality to Study Burglary in Action Journal Article

Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, 2016.

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van Gelder, J L; de Vries, R E

Traits and states at work: Lure, risk and personality as predictors of occupational crime Journal Article

Psychology, Crime & Law, 22 (7), pp. 701-720, 2016.

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2015

Aarten, P G M; van Gelder, J L; Lamet, W; Borgers, M J; van der Laan, P H

Exploring public support for suspended sentences in the Netherlands Journal Article

European Journal of Criminology, 12 , pp. 188-207, 2015.

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van Gelder, J L; Aarten, P; Lamet, W; van der Laan, P H

Unknown, unloved? Public opinion on and knowledge of suspended sentences in The Netherlands. Journal Article

Crime & Delinquency, 61 , pp. 669-689, 2015.

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van Gelder, J L; Averdijk, M; Eisner, M; Ribeaud, D

Unpacking the victim-offender overlap: Beyond subcultural theory and risky lifestyles Journal Article

Journal of Quantitative Criminology, 31 , pp. 653-675, 2015.

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van Gelder, J L; Luciano, E C

Tenure security as a predictor of investment in housing improvement in low-income settlements: Testing a tripartite model. Journal Article

Environment and Planning A, 47 , pp. 485-500, 2015.

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van Gelder, J L; Luciano, E C; Kranenbarg, Weulen M; Hershfield, H E

Friends With My Future Self: Longitudinal Vividness Intervention Reduces Delinquency. Journal Article

Criminology, 53 (2), pp. 158-179, 2015.

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de Vries, R E; van Gelder, J L

Explaining workplace delinquency: The role of Honesty-Humility, ethical culture, and employee surveillance Journal Article

Personality and Individual Difference, 86 , pp. 112-116, 2015.

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2010

van Gelder, J L

Tales of deviance and control : On space, rules, and law in squatter settlements. Journal Article

Law & Society Review, 44 (2), pp. 239-268, 2010.

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van Gelder, J L

Tenure security and housing improvement in Buenos Aires Journal Article

Land Lines, 22 (3), pp. sep-15, 2010.

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van Gelder, J L

What tenure security? : The case for a tripartite view. Journal Article

Land Use Policy, 27 , pp. 449-456, 2010.

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Reerink, G; van Gelder, J L

Land titling, perceived tenure security, and housing consolidation in the kampongs of Bandung, Indonesia. Journal Article

Habitat International, 34 , pp. 78-85, 2010.

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2009

van Gelder, J L

Assessing fit : Perceptions of informality and expectations of legality (working paper). Technical Report

Lincoln Institute of Land Policy 2009.

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van Gelder, J L

Evaluando adecuacion : Percepciones de informalidad y expectativas de legalidad (working paper). Technical Report

Lincoln Institute of Land Policy 2009.

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van Gelder, J L

Evaluating a dual-process model of risk : Affect and cognition as determinants of risky choice. Journal Article

Journal of Behavioral Decission Making, 22 (1), pp. 45-61, 2009.

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van Gelder, J L

Legal tenure security, perceived tenure security and housing improvement in Buenos Aires : An attempt towards integration Journal Article

International Journal of Urban & Regional Research, 33 (1), pp. 126-146, 2009.

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van Gelder, J L

Tenure security in de informele stad in Latijns Amerika : Wanneer recht en realiteit uit elkaar lopen. Journal Article

Recht der Werkelijkheid, 30 (1), pp. 27-44, 2009.

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