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.”

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Graduate Student Chris Contreras wins Ruth D. Peterson Fellowship

ILSSC graduate student Chris Contreras was awarded the 2019 Ruth D. Peterson Fellowship for Racial and Ethnic Diversity from the American Society of Criminology. This is a prestigious award given to promising scholars studying issues related to racial and ethnic diversity in criminology. Big congrats to Chris!!


Graduate Student Seth Williams wins 2019 Gil Geis Award

ILSSC graduate student Seth Williams was awarded the 2019 Gil Geis Award for excellence in research. This award is given to a graduate student who has demonstrated excellence in research. The committee noted that “Williams’ work, which has been published in prominent national journals, involves measures of neighborhood cohesion and integration. In a short period of time, he has become one of the leading authorities in spatial criminology.” Big congrats to Seth!!


Lab publication for new way to measure neighborhoods: Street egohoods

Defining “neighborhoods” is challenging for researchers. In prior research lab members Dr. Hipp and Dr. Adam Boessen proposed a novel measure, termed “egohoods”, that captures the area surrounding a particular block (based on straight-line distance). This new study extends this idea by explicitly incorporating the street network into the measure. This approach measures street egohoods based on the local street block, and then all adjacent streets. A second definition includes all street blocks one or two streets away from the focal block. We believe that these are plausible “neighborhoods” since residents can easily come into contact one or two street blocks away from their own street block. The approach is demonstrated using data for the Southern California region, we find that this measure of immigrant neighborhoods often exhibits a robust negative relationship with levels of crime.

You can access the article by Dr. Young-an Kim and Dr. John R. Hipp in the Journal of Quantitative Criminology entitled, “Street Egohood: A New Perspective of Measuring Neighborhood Based on Urban Streets.”

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Lab alumnus Rylan Simpson joins Simon Fraser University

We’re all super proud of lab alumnus Rylan Simpson, who received his Ph.D. in 2019 from the Department of Criminology, Law & Society and is now an Assistant Professor in the School of Criminology at Simon Fraser University. Rylan is a Canadian who is heading back home! He studies policing, and how it is related to neighborhoods and crime. He has made a particularly large contribution to the literature by utilizing experimental designs to explore the impact of police accoutrements on perceptions of the police. Congrats Rylan!  See all of our lab alumni here: