Research / Themes / Space and place
People behave in time and space. All victimization and crime events, people’s perceptions of crime and disorder, and their emotional and behavioral reactions to crime and related matters, have spatial and temporal elements. Faculty members at Temple University are on the cutting edge of research focusing simultaneously on spatial and temporal features of crime, reactions to crime, and victimization. Projects consider social, physical, and cultural features of settings ranging from individual addresses to regions of the country and use a wide array of techniques and modeling approaches. In the past twenty years many leading criminologists have called for a shift in focus from “whodunit” to “wheredunit.” Temple faculty members are one of the few research groups found anywhere which simultaneously considers who, where, and when.