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What are the causal drivers of inequality in the exposure to crime?

The drivers of inequality in the exposure to crime

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Inequality in exposure to crime has increased despite a large fall in crime over time, as it has not fallen at the same time, in the same places or at the same rate for everyone. Reducing these crime inequalities requires improved policing policies, which can usefully be informed by better data.
This research area is focused on four inter-related questions:

•    Has exposure to crime and disorder changed across space and through time?
•    What are the drivers of crime inequalities?
•    How do models of risk assessment and deployment impact crime inequalities?

These questions have been shaped through dialogue with Understanding Inequalities research partners (including data providers) to address key policy challenges in Scotland and internationally.

Dr Monsuru Adepeju

Dr Adepeju is a Research Associate at the Manchester Metropolitan University Crime and Well-Being Big Data Centre. He obtained his PhD degree in GIS and Crime Science fro​m University College London where he was able to develop a number of crime predictive methods, some of which are now being applied in a real policing environment.

Professor Jon Bannister

Jon Bannister FAcSS is Professor of Criminology in the Department of Sociology at Manchester Metropolitan University (United Kingdom), where he directs the Manchester Metropolitan Crime and Well-Being Big Data Centre (BDC).  Established in 2016, the BDC is a cross-faculty multi-disciplinary initiative that seeks to deliver world-class theoretically driven, methodologically innovative and empirically rich and impactful research. The BDC has established a wealth of partnerships with public sector agencies across the region and nationally. 

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