Reducing the Crime Harms of the Coronavirus Pandemic

28 October 2020, 17:30 - 19:00

In this online lecture, Prof Graham Farrell, Professor of Crime Science in the School of Law at the University of Leeds, will discuss ongoing research to reduce the crime harms of the pandemic, undertaken at the University of Leeds and University College London, supported by the UKRI open call on COVID-19.

Physical movement restrictions and increased online activity have produced dramatically changed crime opportunity structures and crime rates. The easing of lockdown, economic re-emergence, and the return to school – we’re all Sweden now - have brought some, but far from complete, movement towards pre-pandemic trends levels. But what will the future bring? Will rotating local lockdowns maintain public confidence and order? Will online crime subside? What about furlough and business loan fraud? Will there be a vaccine-related crime wave? What is the new crime-normal?

Prof Farrell is principal investigator of a collaboration with University College London to research the crime harms of the coronavirus pandemic. He has previously worked at universities in Canada and the United States, at the United Nations office in Vienna, at the University of Oxford, and at the Home Office. Most of his work is crime science, particularly situational prevention, crime concentration, and the security hypothesis as an explanation for the international crime drop.

You can find out more about Prof Farrell's work on the University of Leeds website, ORCID, Researchgate and Google Scholar.

Event Details

28 October 2020, 17:30 - 19:00

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