Welcome to the website for the Irvine Laboratory for the Study of Space and Crime (ILSSC) in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society at the University of California, Irvine. Our group is dedicated to researching the social ecology of crime at all levels of analysis including street segments, blocks, neighborhoods, cities, counties, and metropolitan areas. [Find out more...]

ILSSC researchers have developed several videos to better translate their research into practical, community based solutions. [Find out more...]

ILSSC produces a number of tools over the course of research including academic apps and statistical packages, the most recent tools are highlighted above. [Find more of our tools.]

Recent Updates

ILSSC Graduates Win Annual Departmental Awards

Read about the Criminology, Law and Society Departmental Annual Award Winners and other student accomplishments for 2016-17 in the Newsletter.

ILSSC graduate student Rylan Simpson received the Criminology, Law and Society Department’s Michelle Smith Pontell Award (recognition of outstanding accomplishments in graduate study)

ILSSC graduate student Chris Contreras received the Criminology, Law and Society Department’s Kitty Calavita Award (recognition of best second-year project)

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Rylan Simpson honored with 2017 Associated Graduate Students Judges’ Award

Rylan Simpson received the Judges’ Award at the 2017 Associated Graduate Students’ (AGS) Symposium for my presentation: “Lock, Load… and Smile? Facial Expressions and Perceptions of the Police”. As part of my presentation, I used data from my experiment, the Police Officer Perception Project (POPP), to empirically assess the effects of facial expressions on perceptions of police officers.

This award was given to presenters on each of the different panels who received the judges’ highest average score for broader impact, persuasiveness and organization on the Government, Law and Economics panel. This is Rylan Simpson’s second consecutive year winning this award.

Dr. Hipp & Dr. Kubrin research featured in The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences

From Bad to Worse: How Changing Inequality in Nearby Areas Impacts Local Crime” is a new publication by Dr. Hipp and Dr. Kubrin in the special edition of The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences on the Spatial Foundations of Inequality edited by George Galster & Patrick Sharkey. The paper combines innovative spatial methods, Egohoods, with a longitudinal approach to explore the relationship between spatial inequality and neighborhood crime rates.
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Graduate Student Rylan Simpson Advances to UCI Grad Slam Research Finals

ILSSC graduate student Rylan Simpson advanced to the UCI Grad Slam Research Program for his research on the public perceptions of police officers. Grad Slam is a systemwide competition that showcases and awards the best three-minute research presentations by graduate scholars. Finals will be held on April 11, 2017 in the Newkirk Alumni Center at 3 PM. Contestants will give their three-minute research presentations in front of a panel of judges and a live audience.