Environmental Criminology: Evolution, Theory, and Practice, 2nd Edition (Paperback) book cover

Environmental Criminology

Evolution, Theory, and Practice, 2nd Edition

By Martin A. Andresen


352 pages | 89 B/W Illus.

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pub: 2019-10-25
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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 routine activity theory, geometry of crime, rational choice theory, and the pattern theory of crime;
  • the practical application of environmental criminology;
  • an examination of how theories are operationalized and tested;
  • policy implications for the practice of crime prevention.

As well as these popular topics, Andresen also discusses a number of topics that are at the leading edge of research within environmental criminology. New to the second edition are chapters on empirical support for the various models of crime prevention covered, and on the growing literature on ‘the journey to crime.’

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.


"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

"With new chapters on the journey to crime and the effects of crime prevention, this is an expanded update to a valuable reference on environmental criminology. Replete with examples from his Vancouver research, Andresen does not bombard the reader with dense academic prose, yet the book contains a precise of the latest literature and research in the area. It will be a valuable resource for students everywhere."

Dr Jerry Ratcliffe, Professor, Department of Criminal Justice, Temple University, Philadelphia, USA

"Environmental criminology is the most useful and exciting approach to understanding and doing something about crime. Martin Andresen has produced an exceptionally lucid and thorough text for this area."

John Eck, Professor of Criminal Justice, University of Cincinnati, USA

Table of Contents

Part 1 Early work on the ecology of crime; 1. The beginnings of the geography of crime; 2. Social disorganization theory; Part 2 Theories within environmental criminology; 3. Routine activity theory; 4. Geometry of crime; 5. Rational choice theory; 6. Pattern theory of crime; 7. Crime prevention: theory; Part 3 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

About the Author

Martin A. Andresen is a professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Griffith University.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology