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CURRENT PROJECT
"Crime in Serbia: Phenomenology, Risks and Possibilities of Social Intervention"

At the beginning of 2011, Institute of Criminological & Sociological Research has initiated a series of researches within the accomplishment of an interdisciplinary macro-project "Crime in Serbia: Phenomenology, Risks and Possibilities of Social Intervention"

The Project 47011 is administrated by Professor Vladan Joldžić PhD, Senior Research Fellow.

The subject of this Research Project covers the following thematic areas:

  1. Identification and analysis of criminality in Serbia, including: current state, trends and risks;
  2. Economic, social and personal risk factors and protective factors, which substantially or significantly contribute to the increase or prevention of crime, particularly violent crime, organized crime, high-tech crime and economic crime;
  3. Analysis of existing and creation of new models of prevention of the aforementioned forms of crime and their evaluation;
  4. Defining, precise evidencing and measuring, of the indicators of social exclusion and social deprivations, as well as analyzing diverse aspects of social inclusion including economic, political and media;
  5. Analysis of the possibilities of social intervention and state reaction to crime, particularly in the sphere of penal legislation, evaluation of actual preventive capacities of penal legislation and creation of proposals for innovative normative solutions.

Defined in such manner, the subject of this Research Project comprises the choice of economic, social and personal variables as well as the choice of representative sample of both, juvenile and adult offenders who have committed some of the enumerated forms of criminal offences, empiric research conducted on these samples and crossing of relevant psychological and social variables for criminal behavior. Finally, the Project also includes the presentation of these research, calculation of linear, partial and canonic correlations between that sample of independent variables and form and intensity of studied forms of crime. The identification of risk factors and factors of protection with significant and high prognostic value of particular forms of crime is expected to facilitate the determination of sensitivity of examined predictors and crime forms to particular preventive models, either existing or newly formed.

The goals of this Research Project include:

  1. Identification of risk factors and various groups that are under risk, as well as determination of preventive factors when it comes to the most serious forms of crime, particularly organized crime, high-tech crime and economic crime;
  2. Analysis of the capacities of current and creation of new preventive models relevant to these forms of crime;
  3. Determination of actual role and scope of state reaction in the field of crime prevention, especially in normative sphere and
  4. Construction of more efficient preventive models of state reaction.

Expected key results of the research conducted within interdisciplinary macro-project "Crime in Serbia: Phenomenology, Risks and Possibilities of Social Intervention" include:

  1. Determination of a plausible picture of risk factors and protective factors pertinent to all forms of crime, especially violent crime, economic crime, high-tech or cyber-crime and organized crime, including both, juvenile as well as adult offenders;
  2. Analysis of existing and proposing innovative and improved prevention models that could be applied on all the aforementioned forms of crime;
  3. Testing particular models on appropriate samples selected from the populations that have been identified as at-risk;
  4. Creating proposals of new models of state reaction to crime in normative and social sphere;
  5. Making suggestions in the process of public policy making, including the analysis of empirical evidence and good practice of other countries, which would contribute to the reduction of poverty and insufficient social inclusion as relevant risk factors for delinquent behavior;
  6. Creating action plans that would contribute to gradual decrease of violence and the most serious forms of crime;
  7. Creating action plans designed to minimize the fear of crime among the citizens as conditio sine qua non for a more secure everyday life of good quality;
  8. Creating action plans and models that would represent actual assistance in the state decision making process when it comes to the suppression of further increase of violence and crime;
  9. Continuous publication of the results of multidisciplinary theoretical, empirical, comparative and other relevant researches in a series of monographies, thematic chrestomathies as well as in leading national and international scientific journals;
  10. Presentation of the results obtained within the Project 47011 on scientific conferences organized by Institute of Criminological & Sociological Research (such as the traditional annual legal Conference organized by the Institute that has been taking place for 22 years), exchange of scientific information on national and international conferences;
  11. Organization of educative seminars, discussions and workshops with the aim to distribute relevant Project results that are directly applicable and significant for the state decision making process when it comes to the reduction of crime and violence to all interested social and state institutions empowered and capable to apply them.
CURRENT INTERNATIONAL PROJECTS
COST action CA16102 "European Network on Individualized Psychotherapy Treatment of Young People with Mental Disorders"

From 2017, Research team of Institute of criminological and sociological research as a secondary proposer is a part of COST action CA16102 "European Network on Individualized Psychotherapy Treatment of Young People with Mental Disorders".

This international and interdisciplinary network comprized of researchers, clinical and developmental psychologists, psychotherapists, psychiatrists and specialists for adolescents’ mental health is going to work on identification of moderator and mediator mechanisms of psychotherapy change and proper instruments for evaluation of therapeutic process, as well as on developing study design for future psychotherapy research in Europe.

Besides planning future joint studies and scientific and expert publications, local and international conferences, as well as Training Schools and Short Term Scientific Missions will be organized within this COST action. Additional cooperation with the users of mental health services, interested proffessionals outside the COST network, policy makers (European, National government, and sector level) and research funding agencies is going to be established.

To visit official website of COST action CA16102 "European Network on Individualized Psychotherapy Treatment of Young People with Mental Disorders" click HERE.

ACCOMPLISHED PROJECTS
"Prevention of Crime and Social Deviations" (2006-2010)

Between 2006 and 2010, Institute of Criminological & Sociological Research has been running the project "Prevention of Crime and Social Deviations", financed by the Ministry of Science and Technological Development. This project was also of multidisciplinary character and represented a study of wide thematic scope that would include the analysis of possible programs of prevention and social prophylaxis, especially when it comes to the most serious and socially most hazardous forms of crime such as violent crime, organized crime and economic crime.

The research team for the realization of this Project consisted of experts in the field of criminology, psychology of crime, sociology, penology and other related scientific disciplines. This study was based upon the idea that its results should have a long-term effect on the suppression of various crime forms, especially of those radically affecting the stability of state and social functioning such as organized and violent crime.

The project "Prevention of Crime and Social Deviations" was administrated by Professor Dobrivoje Radovanović PhD, Full Professor at University of Belgrade, and in 2007, the administrator of the Project became Marina Blagojević PhD, Senior Research associate at Institute of Criminological & Sociological Research.

"Serious Forms of Crime in Serbia in the Conditions of Transition" (2002-2006)

Between 2002 and 2006, Institute of Criminological and Sociological Research was successfully running the Project "Serious Forms of Crime in Serbia in the Conditions of Transition", financed by the Ministry of Science and Environmental Protection

This scientific project was conceptually organized as a study of broad scope focused on the exploration of those crime forms that are most frequently committed in countries in transition, particularly in Serbia, where the transition was additionally made more complicated due to wars, disasters and consequences of devastation.

The character of the Project was multidisciplinary and it involved experts in the field of law, criminology, psychology of crime, sociology, economic crime and corruption. Apart from determination of objective state of crime in Serbia in the previous decade and analysis of increasing dramatic problems related to economic crime and corruption, organized crime, violent crime and social prophylaxis and models of prevention, the experts of the Institute and other associates determined the proposal of possible models of preventive activities, social prophylaxis models and alterations of state reaction to crime as some of the goals of the research.

Fatal events that took place on the territory of ex-Yugoslavia in the last decade of the 20th century (war in Slovenia, Croatia and Bosnia, Kosovo conflicts and NATO aggression) had a strong impact on public awareness on the necessity to understand and explain some extremely complex issues such as: human destructiveness, the taboo of murder and its change under the conditions including war and total regime. Within this project, special attention was dedicated to the analysis of collective behavior in the context of wars and disasters and psychological consequences of these events such as: post-traumatic stress disorder, adaptation crisis, psychological implications of crime, responsibility and guilt etc.

The results of this Project include the publication of a large number of monographies and books as well as of a series of scientific articles in renowned national and international scientific journals.

Between 2002 and 2004 the Project 1642 was administrated by Vesna Nikolić – Ristanović PhD, and between 2004 and 2006 by Leposava Kron PhD.

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