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.

VUB Strategic Research Programme (SRP) – Crime & Society: New Challenges

The goal of Crime and Society: New Challenges, is to cooperate between the four lines of research in the research group, i.e. penality, youth studies, policing and security, crime and the city, to approach some cutting-edge areas in an integrated manner, simultaneously transcending the various areas of crime control and public order in addition to the traditional criminological areas linked to them.

At the centre of this SRP there are three major, prevailing and prospective, challenges to criminology and society: first, the experiences of human rights; second, the impact of technology; and third, the new faces of social exclusion.

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Criminological Encounters

Criminological Encounters is a new international, interdisciplinary and fully open-access journal hosted by the Crime and Society Research Group (CRiS) of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). It aims to facilitate critical dialogues between scholars of criminology and our interlocutors in other social, academic, and professional domains about contemporary issues of crime, harm, violence, in/justice, security, law, and society. This journal understands criminology as a discipline of encounters: encounters both in the sense of constructive dialogues as well as intellectual and political confrontations around given subjects.
For more information access www.criminologicalencounters.org.

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