Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, Planning, Policy, and Design and Sociology
Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
3311 Social Ecology II
Criminology, Law and Society
community context of crime, household decisions and neighborhood change, research methods
John R. Hipp is a Professor in the department of Criminology, Law and Society at the University of California Irvine. His research interests focus on how neighborhoods change over time, how that change both affects and is affected by neighborhood crime, and the role networks and institutions play in that change. He approaches these questions using quantitative methods as well as social network analysis. He currently co-directs the Irvine Lab for the Study of Space and Crime (ILSSC) with Charis Kubrin.
Professor Hipp’s substantive research agenda focuses on the agents of change within neighborhoods and communities. This work has both spatial and temporal components. The spatial component views processes that affect crime at various scales from the micro units of street blocks up to larger metropolitan areas. He uses cutting edge spatial techniques to address these issues. The temporal component views both short-term (over hours) and long-term (over years) change in these spatial locations, and the consequences for these areas. His work also has a multi-level component, as he studies how the decisions of households within these spatial areas have consequences for how the ecology changes. His work has focused on how the networks of relations within a neighborhood can impact these civic involvement and residential mobility decisions. One of his projects studies the spatial distribution of residents’ social networks, an NSF funded project with Carter Butts (see the Center for Networks & Relational Analysis).
Professor Hipp is Director of the Metropolitan Futures Initiative (MFI), which is an interdisciplinary project that has a commitment to build communities that are economically vibrant, environmentally sustainable, and socially just by partnering Social Ecology’s world class, boundary-crossing scholarship with expertise throughout Southern California. The inaugural Regional Progress Report (2012), released on June 14, 2012, studies the region in depth over the last 50 years. The second Regional Progress Report (2014) focused on land use development, and the consequences for neighborhoods.
The ILSSC released the first annual Southern California Regional Crime Report for 2013.
Report on inequality in Orange County
The entire southern California region is studied in the Metropolitan Futures Initiative (MFI) Regional Progress Report (2012).
Land use and its consequences was the focus of the second Metropolitan Futures Initiative (MFI) Regional Progress Report (2014).