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PizzaSeminar 30.09.2016: Costs of crime as an integral part of evidence-based criminal justice policy


Das erste PizzaSeminar nach der Sommerpause 2016 fand am 30. September 2016 in Berlin statt.


Dieses Mal wurden die Ergebnisse der Doktorarbeit von unserer wissenschaftlichen Mitarbeiterin Caroline von der Heyden vorgestellt. Mit dem Thema "Costs of crime as an integral part of evidence-based criminal justice policy" wurde ein Einblick in die Erkenntnisse ihrer Forschungsarbeit geboten, die sie dieses Jahr abgeschlossen hat und die nun kurz vor der Veröffentlichung steht.


The results of the “Mainstreaming Methodology for the Estimation of the Costs of Crime” (MMECC) project, as part of the Sixth Framework Programme (FP6) supporting policy oriented research (2008), called for the desire to develop a more profound body of knowledge about the costs and benefits of crime prevention. While wide-spread in the Anglo-Saxon world, research on costs of crime has been rather scarce in Germany as well as in the other participating European countries. Nevertheless, Germany has begun to introduce evaluation policies that look at monetary aspects and is therefore taking the first steps towards putting a cost-benefit analysis into practice. In her dissertation Caroline von der Heyden critically assesses the contemporary standing of economic analysis of the costs of crime from a criminological perspective. The aim of the project is to establish a scientific inventory on cost of crime research, evaluate specific crime prevention projects, and to find what it can imply for criminal policy-making in Germany. The presentation is based on the main findings.


Caroline von der Heyden studied economics at the University of Maastricht and the University of Sao Paulo, criminology at the University of Edinburgh, and she recently finished her doctorate studies on the topic “Costs of crime – towards a more humane, rationale, and unified criminal justice policy in Germany” (Dr. rer. soc.) at the Ruhr-University Bochum (RUB). As a Research Fellow at the Brandenburg Institute of Society and Security (BIGS) in Potsdam she is currently part of the RiskViz team, a project on “providing a risk situation picture of industrial IT security in Germany”. Furthermore, she is actively involved in the collaborative research project fit4sec, the competence center for security and technology.