KFN buildingThe Criminological Research Institute of Lower Saxony (KFN) is an independent, interdisciplinary research institute established in 1979 by the then Minister of Justice of Lower Saxony, Prof. Dr. Hans-Dieter Schwind. Its mandate is to carry out and promote practice-oriented criminological research as an independent research establishment. The institute works closely with the University of Göttingen on the basis of a cooperation agreement.

KFN is supported by a non-profit association. KFN is funded by the Lower Saxony Ministry for Science and Culture under the Ministry’s institutional funding programme.



Criminological Colloquium March 2024

  We cordially invite you to the following guest lecture as part of the Criminological Colloquium on Tuesday, 5 March 2024, 18.00: Coping with emotionally challenging research: Findings from the Researcher Wellbeing Project Dr. Tina Skinner (University of Bath)   The lecture will be held in English and exclusively online…. Read more →

Gender & Crime conference: Call for Papers

  The conference will be held on Thursday, 25th April, and Friday, 26th April 2024, as a face-to-face conference at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen. In addition to a keynote lecture and a panel discussion, current topics and research results will be presented and discussed in various panel sessions. Abstracts for panel… Read more →

New publication: Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs

The former employee Dr. Ina Ulrich (geb. Klopp) published her dissertation „Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs. Eine empirische Untersuchung zur polizeilichen und justiziellen Vorgehensweise gegen Mitglieder von Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs“. In view of the high priority that the phenomenon of outlaw motorcycle gangs (OMCGs), especially in the context of organized crime, has… Read more →

English research report of the results of the Lower Saxony Survey 2019 published

The focus of the Lower Saxony Survey is the investigation of unreported cases of juvenile delinquency, i.e., experiences of violence, violent offenses, as well as victimhood and perpetration of property crimes. In addition, factors of juvenile delinquency as well as other forms of deviant behavior are collected, including truancy and… Read more →

Call for Papers: Gender & Crime – Sexual self-determination and gender-based violence – Virtual conference 24-25th November 2022

The specialist conference will take place on Thursday, November 24th and Friday, November 25th, and will once again be held in the form of a virtual meeting. The intended format for both days is panel discussions with short presentations (max. 15 minutes each) followed by a discussion. In addition to… Read more →

New research report published: rocker crime

As part of a research project the Criminological Research Institute of Lower Saxony (KFN) examined the phenomenon of “rocker crime” from January 1st, 2017 to December 31st, 2019. Crime phenomena associated with biker groups were examined under the title “rocker crime”. The project was funded by the European Union from… Read more →

New research project: Femicides in Germany

The research project “Femicides in Germany” starts on 01.03.2022. An empirical study on femicide, which takes into account the different social contexts and motives for the killings of women, does not yet exist for Germany. There are only research studies that deal with sub-areas of femicide – in particular with… Read more →

New research report published: Cyber attacks against companies in Germany

As part of the “Cyber Attacks against Companies” project, a second survey of companies with ten or more employees in Germany on the topic of cyber attacks was conducted between July and September 2020. In particular, the survey focused on the development of different types of cyberattacks, their consequences for… Read more →

New research project: Catcalling – Extent and consequences of verbal sexual harassment

The research project “Catcalling – Extent and consequences of verbal sexual harassment” starts on 01.07.2021. Catcalling includes sexually connotated behaviors or different types of sexual harassment without physical contact. The aim of the research project is to investigate the extent, forms and consequences of catcalling with the help of an… Read more →

New research report “Perspectives of university students”

The research report “Perspectives of university students. Results of a survey regarding politics, religion and community within the framework of the project ‘Radicalisation within the digital age‘“ (German: Perspektiven von Studierenden. Ergebnisse einer Befragung zu den Themen Politik, Religion und Gemeinschaft im Rahmen des Projektes „Radikalisierung im digitalen Zeitalter (RadigZ)“)… Read more →