Call for papers:
Crime/fear in space and time

AAG 2016. San Francisco. 29th March – 2nd April

The past two decades have seen a major expansion into the analysis of the spatial distribution of crime, with small scale or micro level analysis emerging at the forefront of place based research (Sherman et al., 1989; Sherman and Weisburd, 2015). This trend has been driven by both the increased availability of spatially referenced crime data, and the technological advances of software products that promote the analysis of the spatial clustering of crime (hot-spot analysis). However, this growth in spatial analysis is perhaps not reflected by similar advances in the temporal analysis of crime. Whilst a number of studies have examined the temporal patterns of crime (Ashby and Bowers, 2013), these are not as prominent in the field as the spatial literature. As highlighted over 10 years ago, analysis of the temporal distribution of crime has failed to keep pace (Ratcliffe, 2002). This is still true today; “the majority of studies linking potentially criminogenic places to elevated levels of crime across geographical units have been atemporal” (Haberman and Ratcliffe, 2015; Newton, 2015).

This session aims to build on recent spatio-temporal work, such as the recent Crime Science special issue Crime Patterns in Time and Space. We invite methodological, theoretical and empirical papers that engage with any aspect of crime in place and time. Topics include, but are not limited to:

Please e-mail the abstract and key words with your expression of intent to Andrew Newton ( by 22nd October, 2015 (one week before the AAG session deadline). Please make sure that your abstract conforms to the AAG guidelines in relation to title, word limit and key words and as specified at:

An abstract should be no more than 250 words that describe the presentation’s purpose, methods, and conclusions.

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