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

Kubrin, Hipp and Owens awarded $700,000 U.S. Dept. of Justice grant to study immigration, immigration-related policies, crime

Kubrin, Hipp and Owens, who have been studying immigation for years, point out that most of the existing research lumps immigrants together and neglects differences across groups, failing to account for significant differences among immigrants.

Using more than a decade of data, they will conduct a series of analyses that examine how immigration and crime are linked in neighborhoods across a diverse sample of U.S. cities.

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Lab publication on Advances in Spatial Criminology

This new review article surveys the field of spatial criminology, and considers recent theoretical and methodological contributions.  It discusses challenges confronting the field, and needed next directions for research.

You can access the article by Dr. John R. Hipp and Seth A. Williams in the Annual Review of Criminology entitled, “Advances in Spatial Criminology: The Spatial Scale of Crime.”

Get it here.

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Southern California Crime Report for 2019

ILSSC researchers forecast a general decrease in both violent and property crime in the Southern California region in 2019. Using a forecast model based on 15 years of data, they project an average decrease in violent crime of 12% and property crime of 1% across cities in 2019. Their forecast model projects violent crime will decrease in 80% of cities in the region and property crime will decrease in 51% of cities in the region. Professor John Hipp notes that “although we are quite confident in the general results of our forecast model, we caution that there can be variations due to idiosyncratic factors within any given city.” Nonetheless, “this forecasted decrease simply continues a long trend that has been occurring in the U.S. and the region over the last 25 years,” observed Professor Charis Kubrin. The just released Southern California Regional Crime Report also provides information on how crime has changed over the last 10 years in cities across the Southern California region.

Click link to download: Crime Report for Southern California 2019 by ILSSC.

2019 Map Highlights

Violent Crime
Standardized 3 year average crime rate

Property Crime
Standardized 3 year average crime rate

Director Dr. Kubrin named American Society of Criminology Fellow!

Director of ILSSC Dr. Charis E. Kubrin has been selected as an American Society of Criminology (ASC) Fellow. The status is given to those ASC members who have achieved distinction in criminology. It recognizes people who have made a scholarly contribution to the intellectual life of the discipline, whether in the form of a singular, major piece of scholarship or cumulative scholarly contribution. In addition, a Fellow must have made a significant contribution to the field through the career development of other criminologists and/or through organizational activities within the ASC. Kubrin will be recognized in San Francisco during the 2019 ASC Annual Meeting in November. [Read more…]