Welcome to the website for the Irvine Laboratory for the Study of Space and Crime (ILSSC) in the Department of Criminology, Law & 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 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

Dr. Kubrin quoted in The Washington Post story

Charis E. Kubrin, a professor of criminology law and society at the University of California at Irvine, said that Los Angeles deserved credit for its falling violent crime rates in recent years, but that the crime picture was more complicated on a local level than the citywide decrease that officials like to point to. “He was getting ready to talk to police about gang violence,” she said. “So that to me suggests there were ongoing challenges that that community was facing.”

Read the story “Nipsey Hussle’s death capped a notably violent week in Los Angeles — 26 shootings, 10 homicides” here:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2019/04/02/nipsey-hussles-death-capped-notably-violent-week-los-angeles-shootings-murders/

Dr. Kubrin quoted in the San Diego Union-Tribune story

Analyzing crime data by census block group gives a more granular view of crime, experts said. “I would not paint it as one is right and the other is wrong,” said Charis Kubrin, professor of Criminology, Law and Society at the University of California Irvine. She said reducing crime data to the lowest means “getting into the weeds” to better understand the data. “Violent crimes tend to cluster very, very heavily, and not within a (census) tract but within a couple of blocks in a neighborhood,” said Kubrin, whose specialties include crime and crime trends. “This is why you need to go down to this level, and find out what is going on.”

Read the story “Crime Counts: As crime falls to record lows, some neighborhoods are left behind” here:
https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/story/2019-03-28/crime-counts-as-crime-falls-to-record-lows-some-neighborhoods-are-left-behind

Western Society of Criminology 2019

ILSSC will be attending the 46th annual Western Society of Criminology Meeting from February 7-9, 2019 in Honolulu, Hawai’i. There are three panels featuring work by ILSSC at WSC this year. Find out more information on the panels:
https://ilssc.soceco.uci.edu/western-society-of-criminology-2019

Dr. Hipp presents recent work at the SoCal Social Analytics Workshop

A wealth of digital information is generated daily through social networks, e.g., Twitter. A number of domains, including public health, national security, public safety, and public policy, can benefit greatly from the awareness of trends and situations as they become observable in social media data. There are many active research projects from various disciplines related to social media analytics. The purpose of this one-day workshop is for SoCal researchers to present their work, exchange ideas, and explore collaboration opportunities in this increasingly important domain.