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SSC Seminar - Social physics, risk spaces and big data: epistemologies of predictive policing - Jens Hälterlein

Wednesday, March 28, 2018
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
Mackintosh-Corry Hall
Room: D411
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Surveillance Studies Centre Seminar Series

Jens Hälterlein

Social physics, risk spaces and big data: epistemologies of predictive policing

The lecture will address three different approaches to predictive policing in order to discuss their epistemologies and their performativity as a means of knowledge production, labelling of criminal subjects and intelligence-led policing. The first approach is based on criminological routine activity theory. By analysing geo-referenced crime data gathered within police databases (such as CompStat), local hot spots are defined where crime is most likely to happen in the near future. The second approach integrates different crime theories and it uses all data that – according to these theories – helps to specify the "criminogenic nature" of locations. The third approach is associated with recent advancements in machine learning and big data's claim to herald the era of post-theory. Forecasts are generated by gathering any data available from multiple sources and analysing it in order to find correlations previously unknown.

Jens Hälterlein is a post-doctoral researcher at the Centre for Security and Society at Freiburg University (Germany). His research draws from Surveillance Studies, STS, Critical Security Studies, and Governmentality Studies.

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