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The foraging perspective in criminology: a critical review of research literature

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In order to explain how crimes are carried out, and why at a particular place and time, against a specific target, crime researchers increasingly engage with theory and research from behavioural ecology, in particular Optimal Foraging Theory (OFT). However, despite a rise in the number of studies, no overview of their main findings exists. Given the growing focus on OFT as a structuring behavioural framework for crime research, this article attempts to critically review the empirical criminal foraging literature to date. Google Scholar and Web of Science yielded 37 studies, which were grouped into five categories according to the focal decision being modelled. Empirical results largely support predictions made by OFT. There remains much potential for future crime research, however, in particular regarding the theoretical foundation of OFT in criminology and through the application of contemporary extensions to OFT using specific tools developed for the study of animal foraging decisions.
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Offender-forager, Environmental criminology, Behavioural Ecology, Critical Review, Optimal Foraging Theory

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Neirynck, Elias, and Christophe Vandeviver. The Foraging Perspective in Criminology: A Critical Review of Research Literature. 2019.
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Neirynck E, Vandeviver C. The foraging perspective in criminology: a critical review of research literature. 2019.
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E. Neirynck and C. Vandeviver, “The foraging perspective in criminology: a critical review of research literature.” 2019.
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  abstract     = {In order to explain how crimes are carried out, and why at a particular place and time, against a specific target, crime researchers increasingly engage with theory and research from behavioural ecology, in particular Optimal Foraging Theory (OFT). However, despite a rise in the number of studies, no overview of their main findings exists. Given the growing focus on OFT as a structuring behavioural framework for crime research, this article attempts to critically review the empirical criminal foraging literature to date. Google Scholar and Web of Science yielded 37 studies, which were grouped into five categories according to the focal decision being modelled. Empirical results largely support predictions made by OFT. There remains much potential for future crime research, however, in particular regarding the theoretical foundation of OFT in criminology and through the application of contemporary extensions to OFT using specific tools developed for the study of animal foraging decisions.},
  author       = {Neirynck, Elias and Vandeviver, Christophe},
  keywords     = {Offender-forager,Environmental  criminology,Behavioural  Ecology,Critical  Review,Optimal Foraging Theory},
  language     = {eng},
  title        = {The foraging perspective in criminology: a critical review of research literature},
  url          = {https://osf.io/preprints/socarxiv/ev8h4/},
  year         = {2019},
}