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Innovative Methods in Crime Research

Edited by Dr Jean-Louis van Gelder, Dr Stijn Van Daele

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 tremendous potential for improving our understanding of where, when and why crime occurs. In addition to these technologies, several innovative research methods, such as neuropsychological measurements and time-space budgets, have emerged in recent years. While often highly accessible and relevant for crime research, these technologies and methods are currently underutilized by criminologists who still tend to rely on traditional data-collection methods, such as systematic observation and surveys.
Collection published: 12 August 2014

  1. Systematic review

    Using basic neurobiological measures in criminological research

    Research on the relationship between neurobiological factors and antisocial behavior has grown exponentially in recent decades. As a result, criminal behavior has been related to impairments in different biolo...

    Liza JM Cornet

    Crime Science 2015 4:7

    Published on: 19 April 2015

  2. Systematic review

    The space-time budget method in criminological research

    This article reviews the Space-Time Budget method developed by Wikström and colleagues and particularly discusses its relevance for criminological research. The Space-Time Budget method is a data collection in...

    Evelien M Hoeben, Wim Bernasco, Frank M Weerman, Lieven Pauwels and Sjoerd van Halem

    Crime Science 2014 3:12

    Published on: 19 December 2014

  3. Systematic review

    Using virtual reality in criminological research

    Since the pioneering early studies of the 1990s hinted at its promise as a research method, virtual reality (VR) technology has increasingly been used by social scientists. Given recent developments that have ...

    Jean-Louis van Gelder, Marco Otte and Eva C Luciano

    Crime Science 2014 3:10

    Published on: 11 November 2014