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Testing Analytical Theories

When Jul 08, 2019 12:00 AM to
Jul 09, 2019 12:00 AM
Where University of Cologne, Germany
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Professor Wikstrom and Dr Treiber will take part the 8-9 July 2019 in a workshop organised by Professor Kroneberg and colleagues on Testing Analytical Theories in criminology and related fields at the University of Cologne, Germany.


Monday, 8 July



Clemens Kroneberg: Welcome and summary of the project "Friendship and violence in adolescence"


Session 1: Offender Decision-Making and Social Context





Clemens Kroneberg:

Who is fighting with whom? How ethnic origin shapes friendship, dislike, and physical violence relations in German secondary schools



André Ernst:

Focusing on setting’s criminogeneity in SAT. The example of inner-school violence.



Stefanie Eifler/Heinz Leitgöb/Julia Weymeirsch:

The role of neutralization in deliberate criminal decision-making.



Coffee break (20 min)



Session 2: The Developmental Ecological Action (DEA) Model of Situational Action Theory





Per-Olof H. Wikström:

Explaining crime and criminal careers. The DEA model of Situational Action Theory.



Kyle Treiber:

Does propensity make the thief? Exploring the relative contribution of propensity and exposure to crime involvement over time.



Workshop dinner



Tuesday, 9 July



Session 3: Understanding Contexts and Correlates of Offending





Dietrich Oberwittler:

Social segregation and the social contexts of youth crime in German and French neighborhoods



Maria Gerth:

Testing SAT’s potential for a more general and mechanism-based explanation of the truancy-delinquency relationship



Coffee break (20 min)



Session 4: One Analytical Criminology but Different Theories of Action?





Helmut Hirtenlehner:

The interaction between self-control and perceived sanction risk from the viewpoint of different theories.



Daniel Seddig:

Human values and planned behavior: a synthesized approach to explain drug use and theft



Lunch break



Session 5: Towards Experimental Tests of Situational Action Theory





Guido Mehlkop/Sebastian Sattler:

The interplay of moral norms, instrumental incentives, and self-control in causing illegal behavior



Fabian Hasselhorn:

An experimental test of SAT

Welcome to the Centre for Analytic Criminology.

The core aim of the Centre for Analytic Criminology is to advance, through theory development and empirical testing, a general, dynamic and mechanism-based explanation of crime and its causes to inform effective crime prevention policies and practices.  The staff members of the Centre represent a multi-disciplinary background. We have an  extensive network of international collaborators.  

The centre’s activities focus around:

  1. The development and refinement of Situational Action Theory (SAT)
  2. The testing of key propositions of SAT in the prospective longitudinal Peterborough Adolescent and Young Adult Development Study (PADS+)
  3. The building and maintenance of an international network of research collaborations
  4. The development of key policy and practise implications of the centre’s research
  5. The dissemination of the findings to policy-makers and practitioners 

Our main research projects are:

  • Peterborough Adolescent and Young Adults Development Study
  • Neurogenetics and differential susceptibility to criminogenic social environments: How do young people develop and express crime propensities?