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The foraging perspective in criminology : a 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 and against a specific target, crime studies increasingly harness theory from behavioural ecology, in particular Optimal Foraging Theory (OFT). However, an overview of their main findings does not exist. Given the growing focus on OFT as a behavioural framework for structuring crime research, in this article we review the extant OFT-inspired empirical crime research. Systematic search in Google Scholar and Web of Science yielded 32 crime studies, which were grouped into four categories according to their research topic. Empirical results largely support predictions made by OFT. There remains much potential for future OFT applications to 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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Vandeviver, Christophe, et al. “The Foraging Perspective in Criminology : A Review of Research Literature.” SocArXiv, 2021, doi:10.31235/osf.io/ev8h4.
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Vandeviver, C., Neirynck, E., & Bernasco, W. (2021). The foraging perspective in criminology : a review of research literature. SocArXiv. https://doi.org/10.31235/osf.io/ev8h4
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Vandeviver, Christophe, Elias Neirynck, and Wim Bernasco. 2021. “The Foraging Perspective in Criminology : A Review of Research Literature.” SocArXiv. https://doi.org/10.31235/osf.io/ev8h4.
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Vandeviver, Christophe, Elias Neirynck, and Wim Bernasco. 2021. “The Foraging Perspective in Criminology : A Review of Research Literature.” SocArXiv. doi:10.31235/osf.io/ev8h4.
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Vandeviver C, Neirynck E, Bernasco W. The foraging perspective in criminology : a review of research literature. SocArXiv. 2021.
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C. Vandeviver, E. Neirynck, and W. Bernasco, “The foraging perspective in criminology : a review of research literature,” SocArXiv. 2021.
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  author       = {{Vandeviver, Christophe and Neirynck, Elias and Bernasco, Wim}},
  language     = {{eng}},
  series       = {{SocArXiv}},
  title        = {{The foraging perspective in criminology : a review of research literature}},
  url          = {{http://dx.doi.org/10.31235/osf.io/ev8h4}},
  year         = {{2021}},
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