Watch a video on Understanding Neighborhoods

How do our neighborhoods interact and impact each other—and with what consequence? Professor John Hipp from the University of California, Irvine in the School of Social Ecology, takes an interdisciplinary approach to studying the structure of neighborhoods and how they evolve over time. By advancing sophisticated models that capture the nuances of our communities, he helps us better understand the connections between factors that predict crime and informs local residents and policy makers

Watch the video on an Introduction to the ILSSC

Dr. Kubrin presents an overview of recent ILSSC research including the California Crime Study, crime concentrations and risky establishments, and California prison realignment.

Watch a Video on An Examination of Crime Concentration Across 4 Cities in Southern California

Crime events are not random. They cluster in space. In other words, certain blocks, neighborhoods, and cities have higher crime rates than others. The goal of spatial analysis of crime is not just to display where crimes occur but to understand why crimes occur where they do- and more specifically, why crime rates cluster where they do.

Criminologists who spatially analyze crime rates examine various characteristics of areas–most frequently factors such as poverty, racial/ethnic composition, and land use–in order to determine if these factors play a role in predicting where crime is more likely to happen.

The fundamental question we seek to answer is: how do the social and physical characteristics of locations relate to the levels of crime in those areas?