3rd Edition

Environmental Criminology Evolution, Theory, and Practice

By Martin A. Andresen Copyright 2024
    388 Pages 105 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    388 Pages 105 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The field of environmental criminology is a staple theoretical framework in contemporary criminological theory. This fully revised and expanded edition of the world’s first comprehensive and sole-authored textbook on this influential school of criminological thought covers a wide range of topics, including:

    • the origins of environmental criminology;
    • the primary theoretical frameworks, such as social disorganization theory, the routine activity approach, geometry of crime, rational choice perspective, and multilevel models that integrate environmental criminology;
    • the practical application of environmental criminology;
    • an examination of how theories are operationalized and tested; and
    • policy implications for the practice of crime prevention.

    As well as these popular topics, Martin Andresen also discusses a number of topics that are at the leading edge of research within environmental criminology. New to the third edition is an expanded coverage on multilevel models of environmental criminology, harm indices, crime mapping, hot-spot policing, and future directions in environmental criminology.

    This text will be ideal for courses on crime prevention, where students are often encouraged to consider policy problems and apply theory to practice. This book offers up environmental criminology as a theoretical framework for making sense of complex neighborhood problems, so it is also perfect for courses on geography of crime, crime analysis, and, indeed, environmental criminology. It would also be a good supplement for courses on criminological theory.

    Part I: Early work on the ecology of crime  1.The beginnings of the geography of crime  2.Social disorganization theory  Part II:Theories within environmental criminology  3.Routine activity approach  4.Geometry of crime  5.Rational choice perspective  6.Theoretical integration in environmental criminology  7.Crime prevention: theory  PART III:The practice of environmental criminology  8.Crime prevention: implementation, evaluation, and empirical evidence  9.Crime measurement  10.Spatial issues with crime analysis  11.Hot spots of crime  12.The temporal dimension of crime  13.Environmental criminology and the crime drop  14.Geographic profiling  15.(Near-) repeat victimization  16.Journey to crime  17.Crime and place


    Martin A. Andresen is Professor at the School of Criminology, Simon Fraser University, Canada.

    "In Environmental Criminology, Martin Andresen provides perhaps the most readable summary of what is known in the field. But he also thoughtfully considers where the field has been and where it is going, providing one of the most sophisticated descriptions of Environmental Criminology to date. This means that this book will be equally useful to students and scholars, and should be read by anyone interested in this area of study."

    David Weisburd, Walter E Meyer Professor of Law and Criminal Justice, Institute of Criminology, Faculty of Law, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel; Distinguished Professor, Department of Criminology, Law and Society, George Mason University, USA

    I’ve used this book as required reading in my courses emphasizing crime and place. It covers the theories that underpin the field of Environmental Criminology and their link to crime prevention practice before discussing a variety of the core methods in use. The text is engagingly and clearly written. The illustrations are well-done and helpful. This book is an invaluable resource for students, scholars, and professionals at a variety of levels. It is packed with important information. My own copy is dog-eared from frequent use.

    Elizabeth Groff, Professor, Department of Criminal Justice, Temple University

    “I am delighted to see Andresen has updated Environmental Criminology with a third edition. This is an essential text for those seeking a comprehensive understanding of environmental criminology and its significance for research, practice, and policy”.

    Julie Hibdon, Associate Professor, Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale

    “Environmental Criminology is a great resource for students, practitioners, and academics alike. With new material on multilevel models of environmental criminology, harm indices, crime mapping, and hot-spot policing, Martin Andresen has produced an update to an already valuable reference in the field with a writing style that is precise but written in a digestible format for all students in environmental criminology.”

    Justin Ready, Associate Professor, School of Criminology & Criminal Justice, Griffith University