This research area examines the causes, correlates, and consequences of crime within and across societies. Research in this area examines broad questions assessing the social and developmental influences on crime over the life course, understanding spatial and temporal patterns of crime, and evaluating the effects of criminal justice policies on criminal and attitudinal outcomes.

In order to answer these questions, we use rigorous methods and innovative data, including prospective longitudinal surveys, ecological momentary assessment, and geo-located and daily crime event data. This research area maintains close ties to the Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement, and particularly its Evidence-Based Policing Programme.