Criminological Research

Criminological Research in Europe

Regional Approaches in Criminological Research

Michael Kilchling, from the Max Planck Institute Kilchling, made a contribution to the 2012 Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology, in the category “Criminological Theory, Research and Education,” under the title “Regional Approaches in Criminological Research”. Here is the abstract: Like in other disciplines, comparative research is gaining growing importance in criminology. In various fields of empirical research such as, studies on crime and deviance, victimization, sentencing practices, etc., research is more and more frequently conducted in multi-national settings. This requires, however, in-depth knowledge of all relevant circumstances. The Balkans are certainly one of the regions in Europe that are characterized by significant national and regional differences that have to be carefully considered. Experience shows that international research, particularly when conducted in a large scale design, faces serious methodological challenges at all research stages. These include developing and formulating hypotheses, operationalization, field selection, sampling, and interpretation of findings. The presentation will discuss these problems using some recent examples of international research.


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Further Reading

  • “Regional Approaches in Criminological Research”, by Michael Kilchling (Proceedings)

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