Examining specific types of crime and situations that aid their commission

As the majority of criminal decisions are opportunistic, reducing the supply of criminal opportunities serves to make crimes more difficult to commit, offenders easier to catch, and future crime problems easier to anticipate.

Key interest areas include:

  • Place-based criminology
  • Cybercrime
  • Crime scripts
  • Guardianship in action
  • Environmental corrections
  • Computational criminology (e.g. predictive policing, simulation modelling)

Research focus

Of central importance to this approach is the role criminal opportunities play in determining the how, where and when of crime problems. These patterns are crucial in designing crime prevention interventions, as they permit an understanding of the opportunity structure of crimes.

Theme leader

Associate Professor Michael Townsley

Areas of expertise:

  • Spatial and temporal patterns of crime
  • Offender mobility
  • Crime analysis and crime mapping
  • Situational crime prevention


NameResearch area

Dr Troy Allard

Research methods, linking life-course and environmental criminology

David Bartlett

Corruption prevention, psychology of risk

Dr Daniel Birks

Computational criminology/social-science, environmental criminology, Simulation modelling, spatio-temporal crime analysis, situational crime prevention

Dr Jacqueline Drew

White collar crime (in particular, regulatory systems, finance and fraud)

Dr Timothy Hart

Applied statistics, geographic information systems victimsation, Survey research, Quantitative methods

Associate Professor Benoit Leclerc

Crime script analysis/offender modus operandi, situational crime prevention

Dr Simon Little

Environmental (situational) criminology, justice modelling

Dr Justin Ready

Spatial criminology

Dr Emily Moir

Guardianship in the role of citizens in crime prevention and control

Dr Danielle Reynald

Guardianship: the role of citizens in crime prevention and control, crime prevention through environmental design, offender decision making

Dr Lacey Schaefer

Community crime control, offender and crime controller decision-making

Professor Anna Stewart

Computational criminology and eResearch

Associate Professor Michael Townsley

Spatial and temporal patterns of crime, offender mobility, crime analysis and crime mapping, situational crime prevention

PhD students

NameResearch topic
Alana CookExamining the impact of guardianship on the commission of sexual offences against women
Christopher DowlingAn empirical examination of an offender x situational interaction typology of male adolescent sexual offenders
Katherine RussellHome invasion robbery: Offending operating methods and the situational risk factors for victim injury and offence success
Zarina VakhitovaAdapting lifestyle exposure/routine activity theory to account for cyberabuse victimisation

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