Research Projects

The Criminological Research Institute of Lower Saxony (Kriminologisches Forschungsinstitut Niedersachen; KFN) is an independent and interdisciplinary research institute dedicated to researching deviant behaviour. Our research team currently consists of around 25 researchers from the fields of psychology, social sciences, and law.

Since February 2021, the KFN has been divided into three research units, which are located on the three levels of the KFN building.

 

The causes and development of deviant behaviour research unit examines the extent to which individual changes (e.g., biographical developments) and social change processes (e.g., structural change, globalisation) can explain the causes of deviant behaviour. In addition, in the context of dark figure monitoring, longitudinal observations relating to crime development in Germany are ongoing. Along with other methods, such observations are made via the conduction of regular student, as well as population, surveys. Finally, this research unit examines the meaning that society ascribes to crime and how norm deviations are handled.

Causes and development of deviant behaviour

 

Head of research unit:
Prof. Dr. Thomas Bliesener
Radicalisation within the digital age (RadigZ) Evaluation for the storage personal data of minors (Article 33 paragraph 2 VSG NRW) School surveys The development of criminal activity amongst the non-German population in the federal state of Schleswig-Holstein Catcalling

Causes and development of deviant behaviour

Head of research unit:
Prof. Dr. Thomas Bliesener
Radicalisation within the digital age (RadigZ)
Evaluation for the storage personal data of minors (Article 33 paragraph 2 VSG NRW)
School surveys
The development of criminal activity amongst the non-German population in the federal state of Schleswig-Holstein
Catcalling

 

The forms and consequences of deviant behaviour research unit explores socially significant crime phenomena in relation to their specific manifestations, forms, and consequences for those affected. In phenomenological terms, research into cybercrime, violence, and addiction constitute the main strands of the research unit. In addition, the research unit explores a wide range of victimological issues. Here, particular attention is paid to the material, physical, and psychological consequences of criminal offences, as well as victims’ rights within criminal proceedings.

Forms and consequences of deviant behaviour

 

Head of research unit:
Dr. Anna Isenhardt
Prevention and health promotion at vocational schools focused on addictive drug use and internet-related disorders of trainees (PARI) Cyberattacks against companies Cybercrime against private users Psychosocial trial support The Nordic Modell in the centre of Europe? – Impacts of the Corona-Pandemic in the field of Prostitution

Forms and consequences of deviant behaviour

Head of research unit:

Dr. Anna Isenhardt
Prevention and health promotion at vocational schools focused on addictive drug use and internet-related disorders of trainees (PARI)
Cyberattacks against companies
Cybercrime against private users
Psychosocial trial support
The Nordic Modell in the centre of Europe? – Impacts of the Corona-Pandemic in the field of Prostitution

 

The institutions of social control research unit mainly examines the scope and practices of institutions that are responsible for formal social control at the state level. The main focus lies within the work of law enforcement authorities, courts, correctional facilities, and secure forensic psychiatric units. Other state institutions, such as the protection of the constitution or child and youth welfare services, are also of interest. In addition, the research unit studies the social control exercised by private institutions in their respective fields (e.g., DFB Sports Court or organisational justice).

Institutions of social control

 

Heads of research unit:
Prof. Dr. Tillmann Bartsch and
Prof. Dr. Thomas Bliesener
Police-issued eviction order Legal probation after release from open prison – a comparative study Client survey regarding transition management from prison to life in society Muslims in juvenile justice facilities Evaluation of the penal provisions combating human trafficking (§§ 232 bis 233a StGB) Mistakes and Retrials within Criminal Proceedings Corona Behind Bars (CoBeBar)

Institutions of social control

Heads of research unit:
Prof. Dr. Tillmann Bartsch and
Prof. Dr. Thomas Bliesener
Police-issued eviction order
Legal probation after release from open prison – a comparative study
Client survey regarding transition management from prison to life in society
Muslims in juvenile justice facilities
Evaluation of the penal provisions combating human trafficking (§§ 232 bis 233a StGB)
Mistakes and Retrials within Criminal Proceedings
Corona Behind Bars (CoBeBar)

 


Completed projects

Causes and development of deviant behaviour

Forms and consequences of deviant behaviour

Special evaluation of adolescent consumer behavior and the use of addiction preventive offers in Lower Saxon

Institutions of social control

Social change and crime (until January 2021)

Pericles

Immigration to Lower Saxony

Prejudice-Related Crime

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

Migration and Crime
Strategies for the prevention of left-wing extremism in Lower Saxony

Cause and prevention of deviant behavior (until January 2021)

Klasse2000 (Class2000)

Pro Kind Follow Up

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

Media Protect

Internet and video game addiction

Pro Kind

“Lust auf Leben wecken”: Getting kids off the screen

Video game age ratings in Germany

Media use and school achievement

Media in childhood: Pilot project on intervention in media use among ten-year-olds

Evaluation of ‘LoGo’ Antiaggression Training Courses

Social control and sanctioning (until January 2021)

Evaluation of the youth restitution in Lower Saxony

Evaluation of police video surveillance in public places in NRW (§ 15a PolG NRW)

Evaluation of the Forensic Psychiatry in Lower Saxony

Evaluation of the youth detention in Schleswig-Holstein

Developmental consequences of incarceration (Hanover Prison Study)

Fragile Transitions: The integration of young men with prison experience into work and training

The influence of heroin prescription on the delinquency of opiate addicts

Volunteer work in Berlin correctional institutions

Victimisation in prison

Working in correctional institutions

Evaluating treatment of young sex offenders

The consequences of incarceration

The effect of the demographic change on crime trends and the work of police, justice, detention and probation service

Violence against police officers (2005 – 2009)

Violence against police officers (1985 – 2000)

Police in the progress of change

Causes of divergent developments in imprisonment rates

From talking about the to talking with them… The target group for ambulant sanctions

Needle exchange programme in the City of Hamburg prison system

Ambulant sanctions for juvenile offenders

Evalutation of the newly introduced option of youth detention in conjunction with youth penalty suspended on probation (shock detention)

Violence against police officers on operational and patrol duty in Lower Saxony

Crime + crime effects (until January 2021)

Rocker crime

Organized Crime concerning Domestic Burglary

Homicide of children aged 6-13 years in Germany

Transient burglars: Research project on convicted transient offenders

Criminological comparative regional analysis of burglary

Sexual abuse by Catholic clerics

Homicide of children aged 0–5 years in Germany

Fear of crime among older persons

Elderly victims of sexual violence: A neglected victim group?

Victimisation and trust in the system

KFN victim survey: Fear of crime among older persons

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

Evaluation of the BISS counselling and intervention centres for victims of domestic violence

Monitoring of unreported crime and program evaluation (until January 2021)

Update of regional analyses of right-wing extremism in Schleswig-Holstein

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

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

Victim survey 2011

Media use and punitivity