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Neighborhood Crime Worldwide

Call for Papers

Abstract Deadline: 31 August 2019

Guest Editors

Carlos Vilalta, PhD
CentroGeo (Mexico)

Thomas W. Sanchez, PhD
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (USA)

Housing Policy Debate

Housing Policy Debate provides an outlet for cutting edge, original research that informs U.S. housing and community development policy.

Language: en-US

Publisher: tandf

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This special issue is aimed at presenting current research about neighborhood crime with a focus on worldwide case studies and policy responses. Neighborhood crime has historically been a major theme among criminologists but not among planners and community developers. This problem worldwide has not yet occupied an important role in the international planning, housing and community development literature. This lack of attention may be attributable to a number of reasons, such as the recency of crime and/or community research in some areas of the world, the inability to access reliable neighborhood level (or below) crime data, or simply to a reluctance to open new lines of research with the associated costs and stress specially in early academic careers. However, this lack of interest does not equal lack of public or scientific relevance. Neighborhood crime is a serious problem worldwide, in which the causes and policy responses may vary from one place to another. Papers may report primary research, literature review, or essays. 

As the theme is interdisciplinary in nature, we invite abstracts of papers around the following list of suggested research questions, although papers on related subjects are welcome.

  • How is neighborhood crime being measured and/or studied in developing and/or developed countries and regions?
  • What are the structural characteristics and individual-level attitudes associated with neighborhood crime?
  • Do land uses predict neighborhood crime rates?
  • Can ecological networks (i.e. networks linking households within neighborhoods) and activity locations predict neighborhood crime?
  • Can traditional theories of social disorganization/collective efficacy and routine activity/opportunity predict neighborhood crime rates?
  • Are racial/ethnic segregation patterns or transition processes associated with neighborhood crime?
  • Do returning parolees and released prisoners affect neighborhood crime?
  • Does concentrated poverty or socioeconomic disadvantage affect neighborhood crime? - Are crime rates of a given neighborhood influenced by crime opportunities in surrounding neighborhoods?
  • What are the social, economic, and political consequences of neighborhood crime?
  • Does neighborhood crime affect perceptions of crime?
  • Why does fear of crime vary from one neighborhood to another?
  • Does neighborhood crime and fear of crime affect housing costs and household residential mobility?
  • How do local businesses react to crime?
  • How is housing investment affected by neighborhood crime?
  • What is known about community-based crime prevention efforts?
  • Can local voluntary organizations and informal neighbor networks prevent crime?
  • Can the spatial proximity to social services and facilities prevent crime?
  • Have situational crime prevention interventions (e.g. CCTV or street lightning) displacement effects or a diffusion of benefits to other neighborhoods?
  • Do community policing strategies work?

Submission guidelines

Interested authors must submit an extended abstract to housingpolicydebate@gmail.com by August 31, 2019.

The abstract should not exceed 500 words, should include a minimum of five references. Abstracts will be reviewed by the editors, who will invite selected authors to develop full papers, which will be submitted to HPD’s standard peer-review process. Please visit the journal's Instructions for Authors for more information.

By September 15, 2019, the authors whose abstracts are accepted will be invited to submit full papers (6,000 – 7,000 word count) by June 31, 2020. Papers submitted past June 31, 2020 may be considered for publication in a later issue.