Research projects

KFN is an independent and interdisciplinary research institute which is devoted to research on deviant behavior. The research team currently consists of about 25 scientists from the fields of psychology, social and legal sciences.

Our thematic expertise:
  • Origins of deviant behavior

  • Violence and conflict
  • Radicalization
  • Hate crime
  • Experience, perception, fear and attitude towards crime in society
  • Victimology
  • Migration
  • Social exclusion
  • Social cohesion
  • Prevention and rehabilitation
  • Extremism
  • Sanction research
Our methodological expertise:
  • Quantitative research (samples with up to 44,000 respondents): personal interviews, written surveys and online surveys; Case analysis; File analysis
  • Qualitative research
  • CV analysis
  • Field observation
  • Case studies


Current projects


Societal transformations

Head of research unit:
Dr. Dominic Kudlacek

Succeeding developments

Head of research unit:
Dr. Florian Rehbein

Social control and sanctioning

Head of research unit:
Prof. Dr. Thomas Bliesener

Crime +
crime effects

Head of research unit:
Prof. Dr. Thomas Bliesener

Monitoring of unreported crime

Head of research unit: Dr. Sören Kliem

Radicalization in the digital age (RadigZ)

Welcome to Lower Saxony (WiN)

Everyday experience and settings of refugees in Lower Saxony (ALFiN)

Analysis of trends in crime committed by immigrants in Schleswig-Holstein

Pro Kind Follow-Up

Media Protect

Internet and video game addiction

Prevention and treatment of substance and non-substance addictions in Lower Saxony

Evaluation of the youth detention in Schleswig-Holstein

Evaluation of the youth detention in Lower Saxony

Forensic Psychiatry in Lower Saxony

Prevention and intervention in human trafficking for the purpose of sexual exploitation

Rocker crime

Organized crime in the field of burglary theft

Transient burglars

Homicide of children aged 6-13 years in Germany

School surveys

Data analysis and documentation of the self-report survey in Schleswig-Holstein

Media use and punitivity

Societal transformation

 Head of research unit: Dr. Dominic Kudlacek
Radicalization in the digital age (RadigZ)

Welcome to Lower Saxony (WiN)

Everyday experience and settings of refugees in Lower Saxony (ALFiN)

Analysis of trends in crime committed by immigrants in Schleswig-Holstein

Succeeding development

Head of research unit: Dr. Florian Rehbein
Pro Kind Follow-Up

Media Protect

Internet and video game addiction

Prevention and treatment of substance and non-substance addictions in Lower Saxony

Social control and sanctioning

Head of research unit:

Prof. Dr. Thomas Bliesener
Evaluation of the youth detention in Schleswig-Holstein

Evaluation of the youth detention in Lower Saxony

Forensic Psychiatry in Lower Saxony

Crime and crime effects

Head of research unit:

Prof. Dr. Thomas Bliesener
Prevention and intervention in human trafficking for the purpose of sexual exploitation

Rocker crime

Organized crime in the field of burglary theft

Transient burglars

Homicide of children aged 6-13 years in Germany

Monitoring of unreported crime

Head of research unit: Dr. Sören Kliem

School surveys

Data analysis and documentation of the self-report survey in Schleswig-Holstein

Media use and punitivity


Completed projects


Completed projects