Welcome to the School of Criminology

The School of Criminology is one of the largest in Canada and on the Pacific Rim and is one of the leading criminology and criminal justice teaching and research centres in the world.

The School has a complement of over 30 full time faculty members, a large number of adjunct professors and associate members, over 1,000 declared majors, minors and honours students, and more than 100 graduate students at the MA and PhD levels.

John Lowman | Obituary

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On Thursday, June 23, 2022, the underdogs and oppressed of the world lost a great friend, Professor Emeritus John Lowman, after a several year battle with cancer.

SFU Research SCHOLARLY IMPACT OF THE WEEK - Congratulations, professor Eric Beauregard!

Congratulations to SFU Criminology professor, Eric Beauregard, for being selected as Scholarly Impact of the Week!

In a recent study, Beauregard worked with Julien Chopin from Laval University and Park Dietz from the University of California, Los Angeles to examine the factors associated with fatality in sadistic sexual crimes.

Understanding the variables associated with the escalation of violent sadistic behaviours can help law enforcement and policymakers address these crimes and the individuals that perpetrate them.

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Events Calendar

List of upcoming Criminology Faculty Seminar Series presentations:

Date

Presentation Title

Presenter(s)

Wednesday, June 29th Origins of Sexual Behavior Problems: A Developmental Perspective Dr. Evan McCuish
Wednesday, July 20th Race, Real Estate, and Crime: Two Networks or One? Dr. Shannon Linning

 

 

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Communicable Disease Plan

Our safe return to campus, along with post-secondary institutions across the province, will follow BC’s Restart Plan, the COVID-19 Return to Campus Guidelines and WorkSafeBC. The Province of BC and Worksafe BC have asked all BC post-secondary institutions to move away from unit-specific COVID-19 safety plans to university-wide Communicable Disease Plan.

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Return to Campus

Planning is underway to support a safe, equitable and supportive return to campus this September. A four-stage plan will guide our approach and consider factors including rate of community transmission, rate of vaccination and public health orders. The four-stage plan outlines broad guidelines, such as campus density, services available, and on-campus learning and research activities, and gives flexibility for input and decision-making to come from faculties and units who understand their work and needs best.

Read more about the four stages of our return to campus and how decision-making specific to faculties and units will be made. Be sure you check here often for specific updates for your community.

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Stories Archive

Explore student, faculty and alumni stories that you might have missed out in the past.

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Anti-Racism Public Statement

As we begin the new year, the School of Criminology would like to reflect on events in the past year and issue a public statement indicating our support and commitment to change for Black, Indigenous, and people of colour condemning acts of injustice and racism.

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Upcoming and recent Thesis Defences

 

PhD Thesis Defence:

  • Student:  Maike Knoechelmann
  • Title:   “DSM-5 Personality Disorder Terrorism Risk Assessment: A Four-Part Validation Study”
  • Date:  Tuesday, July 5, 2022
  • Time:  10:00 a.m. PST
  • Location: Library Thesis Room & Zoom

 

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MA Thesis Defence:

  • Student:  Shu Qi Liu
  • Title:   “Rational Actors and Purchases on the Cryptomarket Ecosystem: Administrators, Vendors, and Products”
  • Date:  Monday, July 18, 2022
  • Time:  9:00 a.m. PST
  • Location: Library Thesis Room (Burnaby campus) and Zoom

 

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MA Thesis Defence:

  • Candidate: Alysha Girn
  • Title: “Moving up the Devil’s Ladder: Social Networks and the Timing of Promotions in Biker Gangs”
  • Date: Monday, July 25, 2022
  • Time: 9:30 a.m. PST
  • Location: Hybrid - Library Thesis Room (Burnaby campus) and Zoom

 

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MA Thesis Defence:

  • Candidate: Jeremy Cheung
  • Title: “Whoa, we’re halfway there: Examining the spatial relationship between correctional halfway houses and property crime in Vancouver, BC”
  • Date: Friday, August 5th
  • Time: 10:00 a.m. PST
  • Location:  In Person - Crim Faculty Room 10121

 

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MA Thesis Defence:

  • Candidate: Cicilia Zhang
  • Title: “Uncovering threats from the Surface Web and Darknet: A Qualitative Analysis of Content Relating to Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure.”
  • Date: Tuesday, August 16th
  • Time: 10:00 a.m. PST
  • Location:  Zoom (fully remote defence)

 

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MA Thesis Defence:

  • Candidate: Persia Sayyari
  • Title: “Is Age Only a Number? A Comparative Study of How State Authorities Respond to Child Soldiers.”
  • Date: Friday, August 19th
  • Time: 10:30 a.m. PST
  • Location: Saywell Hall, Criminology Faculty Room 10121

 

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MA Thesis Defence:

  • Candidate: Kenzie Hanson
  • Title: “The Effects of Gender on Criminal Justice Sentencing Decisions in Cases of Intimate Partner Homicide.”
  • Date: Monday, August 22nd
  • Time: 2:00 p.m. PST
  • Location:  Hybrid - Library Thesis Room (Burnaby campus) and Zoom

 

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MA Thesis Defence:

  • Candidate: Lucy Digney
  • Title: “Exploring the Community Court Model in Vancouver: Participant Profiles and Patterns of Offending.”
  • Date: Monday, August 22nd
  • Time: 10:00 a.m. PST
  • Location: Fully remote defence

 

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