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

Director Dr. Hipp receives Paul Tappan Award from Western Society of Criminology!

Director of ILSSC Dr. John R. Hipp has been selected as recipient of the Paul Tappan Award from the Western Society of Criminology (WSC). This award honors outstanding contributions to the field of criminology.  Hipp would normally be recognized in Vancouver during the 2021 WSC Annual Meeting in February, although the meeting is cancelled this year.

Graduate Student Chris Contreras wins ASC Gene Carte Award for best student paper

ILSSC graduate student Chris Contreras and co-author Narae Lee (Ph.D. student in Urban Planning and Public Policy) were awarded first prize in the the 2020 Gene Carte Award for best student paper in the American Society of Criminology. This is a prestigious award given to the paper judged to be the best student paper of the year in the field. Big congrats to Chris!!   Read more about the study here.

 

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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