Patterns of crime in everyday life: Using big data to capture the dynamics of urban social environments


All are welcome to attend our free event, presented by The University of Queensland's School of Social Science and the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia. For catering purposes and as capacity is limited, please register by Thursday 3 October 2019.

About the lecture 

The majority of crime events in urban spaces are unplanned and take place during the course of everyday legitimate activities. Despite a long standing theoretical interest in the spatial routines that structure our daily lives, our empirical understanding of everyday, urban population dynamics and how they influence crime remains in its infancy. This empirical gap reflects a broader trend in both criminology and the social sciences where there has been a tendency to neglect the seemingly ‘mundane’, everyday, normal situation to instead focus on extreme or rare events that emerge under unusual circumstances or in times of crisis (e.g. neglecting common assault to focus on robbery or murder; ignoring behaviour during an afternoon drizzle to focus on behaviour during a flood). To better understand the dynamics of urban social environments and opportunistic crime events, future research must consider the nuances of daily routines and explore the mechanisms through which incidental encounters and social interactions facilitate the ebb and flow of crime opportunities in urban environments throughout the course of the day.

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