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

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:

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.

Dr. Kubrin presents “Immigration and Crime: Is the Narrative Fact or Fiction?” at UCI Social Ecology Daybreak Session

When it comes to immigration and crime, the current political zeitgeist and public sentiment suggest immigrants are far more likely to engage in illegal acts than those who are American born. But is this narrative based in fact or is it merely fiction? On April 17, 2018, Charis Kubrin, Professor of Criminology, Law and Society at the University of California, Irvine, revealed her compelling research. Kubrin shared the latest research data, regarding our neighbors from around the globe. This event was the third Daybreak Dialogues Breakfast Speaker Series, part of the UCI School of Social Ecology’s Changemakers’ program.

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New lab publication using Twitter data to measure spatial and temporal crime concentration (Online first)

You can now access an online first article by Dr. John R. Hipp, Christopher Bates, Moshe Lichman & Dr. Padhraic Smyth in Justice Quarterly entitled, “Using Social Media to Measure Temporal Ambient Population: Does it Help Explain Local Crime Rates?”.  The article examines the use of social media data, geocoded Tweets, as a proxy for the temporal ambient population, in testing various implications of routine activities and crime pattern theories in Southern California.

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Using Social Media to Measure Temporal Ambient Population: Does it Help Explain Local Crime Rates?

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