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GISRUK conference 15-17 April 2015

2015 Feminist and Women's Studies Association (FWSA) Conference - Everyday encounters with violence: Critical feminist perspectives, 09-11 September 2015

This three-day conference aims to create an inclusive and supportive space for scholars at all career levels to come together in a supportive environment to engage in critical feminist perspectives on violence. We draw upon a wide definition of violence from sources in the arts, humanities and social sciences, seeing this both as an everyday social force inflicting harm, suffering, grief and trauma and as a transformative force that produces gendered agency, social action and resistance.


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School Seminar Series

Applying Risk Terrain Modeling (RTM) to Crime Analysis and Intervention, 5:30pm, 15 October 2014

This seminar will describe research that is being conducted that connects research on risky places with police intervention strategies using Risk Terrain Modeling (RTM), a geospatial method of operationalizing the spatial influence of crime risk factors to common geographic units that was developed at Rutgers University. Separate risk map layers are combined to produce a risk terrain map showing the presence, absence, or intensity of all risk factors at every location throughout the landscape. 

The talk will include a software utility demonstration that automates the processing of RTM followed by a discussion of its application in a multi-jurisdictional study of a representative selection of cities in the United States that is currently being conducted with Joel Caplan and Eric Piza as Co-PIs. This study is designed as a quasi-experimental project with two primary goals: 1) to replicate and validate RTM in multiple jurisdictions and across many different crime types; and, 2) to evaluate theoretically- and empirically-grounded risk-based interventions targeted at high-risk micro-level environments.  


Leslie W. Kennedy (PhD University of Toronto) is currently University Professor of Criminal Justice at Rutgers University and Director of the Rutgers Center on Public Security. He teaches graduate-level courses at the School of Criminal Justice (SCJ) and is a core faculty member in the Division of Global Affairs at Rutgers. He was the Dean of SCJ from 1998 to 2007.  Dr. Kennedy's current research in public security builds upon his previous work in event analysis, assessing the social contexts in which dangers in society are identified and deterred. He is the author or co-author of 20 books and over 70 research articles and chapters.  He has published in major journals in criminology and criminal justice, including Criminology, Justice Quarterly, and Journal of Quantitative Criminology.

Seminars are open to everyone and take place in the School of Geography lecture theatre, East building (building no 36 on campus map).  For more information and to join the Geography Seminar Series email list contact Dr Karen Bacon or Dr Martin Zebracki

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