Crime is ubiquitous and poses a real danger to modern societies. Recent advances in fields such as criminology, sociology, physics, computer science, mathematics, and police science have shown that criminal activities depend strongly on the underlying network of actors involved. In this sense, the application of network science to crime fighting has shown a great boom in the last few years, establishing a strongly interdisciplinary community, which has attracted attention not only from academia but also from law-enforcement and intelligence agencies worldwide.
Network science has been reshaping the way we think and approach the criminal phenomenon from basic to applied analysis. In this regard, this special issue aims to collect innovative research on the networked structure and dynamics of crime, paving the way to a clearer data-driven understanding of criminality with potential applications to crime fighting.
Bruno Requião da Cunha, firstname.lastname@example.org
Federal Police, Brazil and MACSI, University of Limerick, IrelandGisela Bichler, email@example.com
California State University, USALuiz G. A. Alves, firstname.lastname@example.org
Northwestern University, USAMarcos Oliveira, email@example.com
GESIS, Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences, GermanyToby Davies, firstname.lastname@example.org
University College London, UK