Understanding the expertise of burglars using virtual environments

  • Nee, Claire (PI)
  • Van Gelder, Jean- Louis (CoI)

Project Details


I am Visiting Research Fellow at NSCR in Amsterdam and have accrued 115,000 Euros for this project under their auspices with my collaborators Jean-Louis Van Gelder and Marco Otte. We have undertaken two large studies with convicted burglars, other prisoners, matched non-offender and students who have 'burgled' houses in a virtual neighbourhood while we examine their decision-making and behaviour. The project has received worldwide interest as well as underpinning a new theory of 'dysfunctional expertise'. We have two PhD students working on the project too.

Key findings

Virtual environments represent a robust and valuable way to study criminal behaviour (not just burglary). Their use represents a paradigm shift in the way we understand crime.
Short titleVirtual Burglary
Effective start/end date1/10/131/09/17


  • Avon and Somerset Constabulary: £2,000.00
  • British Academy: £8,569.00


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