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Urban Criminology


Urban Criminology is dedicated to connect:

Urban Sociology + Criminology


Here you will find up-to-date information about professional activities of

Günter Stummvoll:

  • News and CV
  • Research projects
  • Publications
  • Presentations at conferences
  • Teaching
  • Consulting
  • Academic Awards
  • Memberships

What keeps me busy these days ...

  1. SWaPOL - Social Work and Policing: FINAL Conference: 11. Feb. 2021. ONLINE. Please register here.
  2. Jour fixe presentation "Social Work and Policing - and Public Sociology": 17. Dec. 2020 online.

    - The SWaPOL project: Social Work and Policing
    - The theoretical concept of public sociology (Burawoy 2005)
    - The link between practice and theory
    - Positioning social research institutions in relation to "the public".

  3. My new book is out now: Together with Dr. Bruce Wearne (Australia): "Talcott Parsons: Der Kapitalismus bei Sombart und Max Weber" translated into English. Talcott Parsons' Dr.Phil Thesis (Heidelberg 1927). LIT Verlag. The book can be ordered at: https://www.lit-verlag.de/isbn/3-643-50871-3
  4. I am coordinating an EU-project "SWaPOL - Social Work and Policing" funded by "ERASMUS+ Strategic Partnerships in Vocational Education". Partners in Portugal, Belgium and Austria; 11/2018 - 10/2020.
  5. In March 2017 I started a new job as a researcher in the European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research in Vienna. I am working on the EU-project "EPPIC - Exchanging Prevention Practices on Polydrug Use among Youth in Criminal Justice Systems" funded by the 3rd Health Programme of the European Commission. https://www.eppic-project.eu/  www.euro.centre.org/
  6. Lecturer at the Department of Sociology (Vienna University): Seminars in "Deviance & Social Control", "Reading Classics in Sociology", "Sociology of Trust", "Communities in Society", "Introduction to Sociology" and "Research Design for Bachelor-Theses".
  7. I write a book: "Sociology of Criminogenic Urban Places".
  8. The EU-COST-Action TU1203 "Crime Prevention through Urban Design and Planning" has come to an end with a FINAL CONFERECE in Athens (24.-25. Nov. 2016) https://costtu1203.eu/cost-action-tu1203-final-conference-athens-greece/

“The first thing to understand is that the public peace of cities is not kept primarily by the police, necessary as police are. It is kept primarily by an intricate, almost unconscious, network of voluntary controls and standards among the people themselves, and enforced by the people themselves. … No amount of police can enforce civilization where the normal, casual enforcement of it has broken down (Jane Jacobs 1961)”.

“Proper design and effective use of the built environment can lead to the reduction in the fear of crime and the incidence of crime, and to an improvement in the quality of life (C. Ray Jeffery 1972)”.