About Us

The Institute for Canadian Urban Research Studies (ICURS) is an inter-disciplinary research centre based at Simon Fraser University. As its focus, the Institute aims to increase knowledge and research studies and develop new analysis tools for the study of crime in an urban environment. ICURS focuses on crime reduction policy, crime analysis, and computational criminology.

ICURS blends expert knowledge in government departments with leading edge theory and research in universities. Its goal is to work thematically across the disciplines of criminology, computing science, geography, economics, and applied mathematics to make advances in the understanding and modeling of the complex urban environment, and with these models better understand how to improve approaches to crime reduction and the use of informatics in criminological research.

Dr. Martin Andresen, Director of ICURS, is widely known for his work on the geography of crime, spatial crime analysis, and measurement issues related to the geography of crime. He has developed spatial point patterns tests for the identification of similarity of point patterns and their stability over time.

Dr. Patricia Brantingham has received international recognition for her work on offender target selection processes and geography of crime. Her mathematical work on the distribution of crime in regard to the structure of neighbourhoods is fundamental to environmental criminology.

Dr. Paul Brantingham is best known for his research on crime analysis and prevention, including how the physical environment affects incidence and fear of crime. He was one of the co-developers of the primary/secondary/tertiary model of crime prevention.

Dr. Bryan Kinney, Director of the ICURS Laboratory, is a specialist in crime analysis and crime prevention and in the use of computer analysis to deal with both quantitative and qualitative information.