CRiS Research Group
The Research Group Crime and Society (CRiS) was established in 2012, bringing about 40 researchers of the criminology department of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel together. CRiS builds on more than 30 years of research expertise in critical analysis of the social phenomena of crime and deviance and of the formal and informal reactions to these phenomena.
Over the years, four main research areas developed: penology; youth justice studies; security, prevention and policing; and crime and the city. Recently, surveillance has been added as overall important research topic.
In 2013, a common Research Programme was established: ‘Crossing Borders: Crime, Culture and Control’. It aims at integrating the expertise of the different research domains into one single research team, focusing on our common constructionist, critical, comparative and interdisciplinary approach to crime and crime control as social phenomena.