- Humanities-Social sciences
The research in criminology is organized in two different research environments and one independent research group:
Center for Criminological and Psychosocial Research (CAPS). This research environment includes three research groups: (i) Feelings of unsafety, victimization and its consequences; (ii) Knowledge-Based Crime Prevention and Safety Promotion, and; (iii) The Development of Criminality - Risk and Protective Factors.
Centre for Violence Studies (CVS). This research environment includes one group from Criminology: Stalking and Intimate Partner Violence, SToP, and groups from other subjects/disciplines.
Biopsychosocial Criminology and Psychology. This is an independent interdisciplinary research group in Criminology.
Current research areas in criminology include:
Biopsychosocial Criminology and Psychology. Including a multi-disciplinary focus on etiology and consequences of criminal behavior and related outcomes such as externalizing behavior in children/adolescents, delinquent behavior, antisocial behavior, and psychopathy.
Feelings of unsafety, victimization and its consequences / Victimology. Including for example bullying, cyber-bullying, victimization, and the understanding of subjective feelings of unsafety.
Knowledge-Based Crime Prevention and Safety Promotion. Including the development and evaluation of methods and mapping and measurement of crime and unsafety, as well as the prediction and understanding of crime, unsafety, and fear of crime.
Stalking and Intimate Partner Violence, SToP. Including family based violence such as honor-based violence, risk assessment and risk management.
The Development of Criminality – Risk and Protective Factors. Including the study of crime-prone psychopathologies such as Conduct Disorder, ADHD, and psychopathic personality (psychopathy), and the life risks associated with offending among young and senior citizens.